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2011 BEST Antique Shop, West

Skinner Discovery Auctions

Marlborough

Fancy antiques, but can’t stomach the usual price tags? The once-a-month Skinner Discovery auctions offer estate furnishings, jewelry, books, art, and objets d’art that aren’t quite high-end enough for the company’s specialty auctions. The large, varied lots promise any level… read more »

2011 BEST Antique Shop, South
Photograph by Jessica Scranton

Beyond Gorgeosity

Hingham

Forget staid Knoll or uptight George Nelson. In Peter Levis’s world, midcentury modern is an absolutely exuberant period full of whimsy. Offering everything from Ico Parisi consoles to FontanaArte chandeliers, the mastermind behind this wonderfully chaotic Hingham emporium has inspired… read more »

2011 BEST Antique Shop, North

Alexander Westerhoff Antiques

Essex

French Empire furnishings in rustic Essex? Believe it. A tastefully renovated church houses Westerhoff’s rare finds from the 17th to the 20th centuries (like a settee that reportedly belonged to Henry Clay Frick). There’s no bric-a-brac here, just exceptionally well-chosen… read more »