Monday, July 11, 2011


Photos courtesy of Sentimento

Some antique stores have a little magic in their mix. One such place, located in the Interior Design Building on East 61st, is saying goodbye. With the loss of Amy Perlin, it is sad to see another great shop in this building shutter.
Sentimento is closing after more than 30 years of selling the most elegant antique decorative accessories, lighting, mirrors objects, furniture and coveted pieces from the 18th century to the 20th centuries. Owner and founder the late Toby Landey and Barbara Kirshbaum traveled the world shopping for the store, and always had interesting architectural models, painted Italian pieces from the 1800's , incredible lighting and an assortment of decorative boxes on hand. I would always go in to browse and get loads of ideas-- the merchandising was done in beautiful and inspiring vignettes, often by color. Designers near and far will miss having Sentimento as a go to for inspiration anytime, but all is not lost.
Now is your chance to swoop in and get 20% off retail. If you are an interior designer you will get 20% off net from today until July 25th, when the markdown will be 30%. The the first week of August, the markdown will be 40%, and starting August 8th, the markdown will be 50%.
Barbara is not letting any grass grow under her feet. She will be opening BK Antiques, her own showroom in the same building with all new, fresh inventory by early September. She has gone on 4 shopping trips already and has merchandise waiting to come in, so it will be ready. Visit Sentimento soon, and try not to get too sentimental.

Artfully displayed treasures

A seating area

I want that lamp!

More delights

An ebony and ivory moment

A French Painted Cabinet with lattice doors from 1860

A Gustavian Tall Case Clock from 1790

French abstract watercolor from the 1930's by Emile Lahner

A set of 4 Walnut chairs with curved backs from Italy circa 1930's

A painted 1840's round walnut gueridon with tripod pedestal base and Greek key faux marble top from

An Italian 1940's ebonized campaign desk

Two Tone Shagreen Lamp shown with tailored shade not included

The chicest waste basket ever in black lacquer with brass trim and feet

Shagreen Letter Opener Set

Shagreen Letter Tray with inset clock



so sorry to see them go!

Anonymous said...

congratulations to barbara on her new shop.