There may come a point when your senior loved ones (parents or grandparents) decide to move, downsize or simply begin the oftentimes-overwhelming task of “decluttering.” Of course, too, there may be deaths in the family that necessitate cleaning and clearing out a home. Regardless of the situation, it can be stressful, emotional and time-consuming. (more…)
If you are thinking about buying or selling antiques getting a personal recommendation for a dealer is a great way to begin, however, for those that aren’t able to get such a recommendation, here are some important questions that you should always ask the dealer with whom you are considering working.
Maybe you’ve been collecting watches for years or have one special watch that you no longer want. Or perhaps you have inherited a single watch or a collection from a family member that has passed.
In any case, you’ve decided that you are not interested in keeping the watch(es) and are seeking to sell them.
Does this sound familiar?
Some years ago you bought some antiques, perhaps not as an investment but because you liked the idea of collecting and even more importantly, you liked the pieces themselves and enjoyed displaying them in your home.
Or perhaps, you didn’t buy the antiques but instead, you inherited them from someone else.
Can you relate?
Downsizing Isn’t Fun
Downsizing is never easy. When heirlooms have been in your family for generations it can be very difficult to let them go. The majority of our clients are in a situation where they are forced to deal with the difficult task of downsizing.
Some complicated choices will need to be made. We at Syl-Lee Antiques do our best to help in the decision-making process. The bottom line is if you don’t have space for these items when you move, you “can’t take them with you.” (more…)
On a daily basis, we get numerous calls and emails from people who are downsizing or moving. We’re also frequently contacted by people who have received an inheritance. All of these people have one thing in common: They want to liquidate and move on — even if that means saying goodbye to some of their most prized possessions.
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: Numerous Records Set
Imagine spending your life collecting art that you love from around the world. Well, that’s precisely what Peggy and David Rockefeller did. Over a lifetime together, they amassed a spectacular and diverse art collection that was literally worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Peggy and David Rockefeller: Art Lovers and Philanthropists
According to their son, David Jr., the Rockfellers bought art with the thought of living with it. (more…)
Nassau County Museum of Art
“New York, New York” Exhibit
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Nassau County Museum of Art. The museum is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor 11756. What an amazing place in the middle of Long Island. The grounds are huge. They have walkways with sculptures, trails with beautiful flowers and of course the art exhibits which change every few months. In addition to the wonderful sites, the museum has educational programs for children and adults.
Currently on display is the “New York, New York” exhibit. The paintings, sculptures and other artworks are really ...
Why is Vintage Jewelry Better than Modern Jewelry?
If you love to accessorize, you’re always looking for something new and trendy to mix and match with your outfits. But why not start looking for something old instead?
Whether you’re looking for a gift for her or treating yourself to a little bling, vintage jewelry is the way to go. What makes these antique treasures so much better than any piece of modern jewelry you could ever buy?
There’s Nothing Else Like It
When you walk into a modern jewelry store, you’re greeted with rows and rows of identical diamond and gold jewelry. ...
Where to Identify the Value of Chinese Antiques
You have a Chinese antique that you think might be valuable – glassware, a vase, a furniture cabinet – and you’ve been watching a lot of Antiques Roadshow and are itching to know what it’s worth. Bringing your antiques to a television appraiser just isn’t in the cards, so you’re going to have to come up with something else. (more…)