THE FINER THINGS
M “All one thing is boring; houses should be a mix of high and low, old and new, as long as everything is comfortable and functional. The secret to mixing antiques with more modern pieces is usually scale; proportions need to be consistent.” TOM SAMET
other-daughter partners, Mitzie Graef and Victoria Moses, opened The Finer Things in 1990. You may recognize their storefront from the movie Sabrina with Harrison Ford or from HBO’s Mildred Pierce. Mitzie jokes that over the years she’s sold the same chandelier three times to three different clients! “Tastes have changed; with the downturn in 2008 we lost the collectors of Royal Doulton and Coalport figurines. The new generation is minimalistic and don’t want what belonged to their grandmother. It’s a learning experience and that’s what makes this job interesting.” The Finer Things keeps up with current trends by scouring interior design magazines and auction market results. In general, they are drawn to beautiful porcelains and crystal to decorate holiday tables. “We still have clients that use finger bowls!” One of Mitzie’s favorite sales was a set of Haviland Limoges china centered with a gilt monogram owned by the family of Big Eddy of Grey Gardens which ultimately ended up being purchased by Sir Elton John’s assistant. 24 Birch Hill Rd, Locust Valley www.finerthingstagsales.com 516-676-6979
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Featuring Katrina Campins.