City Guide was at the Manhattan Art & Antiques Center earlier this week and found three galleries of particular interest: Estate Silver Co. (Gallery #65), Manhattan Rare Book Company (Gallery #90), and Textile as Art (Gallery #10).
Their selection of “Rare Antiques You Can Buy Right Now at the Manhattan Art & Antiques Center” includes:
“Hamid Tavakoli’s Textile as Art gallery on the street level has a penholder from Iran dating back to the 1800s.”
“It’s metal with gold inlay and made with what looks like bird’s feet so it’s sturdy and can’t tip over. The inkwell closes so the ink won’t dry out and—since this was before electricity—there’s a place for a candle on top if you’re writing at night. $2,500 for a magnificent work of art. There’s also a 4,000 year-old makeup holder in the shape of a goat’s head with a hole on top to hold kohl for the eyes. Women would carry it on a string or chain from the waist. $1,500—and the Metropolitan Museum has an exact same piece. Gallery 10, 212-447-0069, textileasart.com/hamid.htm. Open 7 days a week.“
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Tour The Manhattan Arts & Antiques Center at 1050 2nd Avenue (at 56th Street).