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BEST Antiques

2016 BEST Antiques

The Barn at 17


Weave through the labyrinthine arrangement of hand-painted chinoiserie screens, velvet, and meticulously restored cut-crystal French chandeliers to discover a charming pair of painted ceramic Staffordshire spaniels for your mantel. read more»

2014 BEST Antiques


Collectors know that the best way to score something both reasonably priced and unusual is to skip the boutiques and go a-paddling at Skinner. The company’s many themed auctions (Persian rugs, art, rare books, midcentury modern) allow buyers to bid… read more»

2013 BEST Antiques
American Dural

America Dural


Among Cantabrigians’ best-kept secrets is America Dural, hidden on a quiet street in Observatory Hill. An unfussy storefront conceals treasures from every period: midcentury Bertoia chrome chairs, ornate Georgian mahogany chests, a refreshing selection of contemporary art. Only a pro… read more»

2012 BEST Antiques

Danish Country Antiques


The Swedish and Danish pieces at this Beacon Hill shop tend to be smaller, lighter, and more modern in spirit than much of the 19th-century stuff you find elsewhere. And with reproductions of Gustavian design flooding the marketplace these days,… read more»

2011 BEST Antiques

Machine Age


Okay, so 20th-century goods aren’t exactly antique. But if you’re simply seeking exquisite items with a storied past, you’ll find them at South Boston’s Machine Age, a 9,000-square-foot warehouselike store overflowing with the most iconic furniture and lighting from the… read more»

2003 BEST Antiques, South

Stutz Blacker

North Weymouth

Intrepid seekers of antiques can expect to make bona fide discoveries in Stutz Blacker’s eclectic collection, from cases of real glass eyes (no kidding) and vintage lanterns to Howard Miller Claymour grandfather clocks. Such is the quirkiness of the stock… read more»

2003 BEST Antiques

JMW Gallery


People who are stuck on Stickley already know about JMW, a gallery filled with Mission furniture, art pottery, and accessories of the American arts and crafts movement. A century ago, Boston was in the forefront of craftsman design, and JMW… read more»

2002 BEST Antiques

A Room with a Vieux Antiques


Proprietor Jeff Diamond is an unabashed Francophile who even acquired his sheep dog, Aramis, in the Pyrenees. Although a few provincial antiques find their way into the five or six jumbo containers he ships each year from France, most pieces… read more»

2002 BEST Antiques, Collectibles

Cambridge Antique Market


EBay may be the fat boy in the collectibles canoe these days, but until they invent virtual fondling, online bidding can’t substitute for actually handling the goods and dickering with the dealer. The 150-plus dealers at Cambridge Antique Market make… read more»

2001 BEST Antiques, North

South Essex Antiques


When the gridlocked traffic gets us down, all we need to do is pull into South Essex Antiques for its eclectic and always satisfying assortment of 19th-century papier-mâché clown heads, distinctive outdoor furniture, imported fabrics, and Colonial fireplace mantels. read more»