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…)
A Guide to Antique Glass
One of the most common heirlooms families pass down to their children are glassware sets. As you walk by the pieces safely stowed away behind a cabinet or in a drawer, a few questions may come to mind: are they antique? Are they worth anything? Is there anything you can do to maintain them so that they can continue to be passed down in the best condition possible?
In this guide to antique glass, we’ll answer all of these questions and more. (more…)
Storage Units Are Not the Best Choice
On a busy week we have close to 25 appointments. Our clients call us to evaluate antiques, fine art and jewelry. Most of these homeowners are either moving, or selling a house for a family member. A very common question is “What should we put in storage?” I almost always advise against using a storage unit.
If you’re suffering from the winter blues, then we’ve got the perfect antidote for you: it’s only a couple of weeks until Asia Week New York 2016!
From the 10th to the 19th of March, five auction houses, 46 galleries, and a number of museums in NYC will celebrate Asian antiques and art. Some of the rarest and most exquisite Chinese antiques, as well as other Asian antiques and works of art, will be either on display or up for auction. If you’re interested in viewing or buying Asian antiques in New York City, the organization Asia Week New York provides an ...