Simon Ferarro's Early Nineteenth Century's Collection

2017.03.30
by Henry You

In an industry where some dealers are celebrating half a century or more in business, it is worth noting that younger individuals are making important contributions in their own right. One of these rising stars is Simon Ferarro, a member of BADA, the leading antique dealers' association in the UK.

Simon Ferarro's exhibition.
Simon Ferarro's exhibition.

Though only in his thirties, Ferarro has an outstanding reputation among his peers, and is considered one of the industry's foremost dealers specializing in eighteenth-and early-nineteenth-century American furniture and folk art, with a growing emphasis on the fine arts. Ferarro credits his enthusiasm and love of the material to his upbringing in a family closely involved with art and antiques. He didn't take his family connections for granted, however, and after graduating from college worked tirelessly around the clock to build his own identity and business.

A native of Litchfield, Connecticut, Ferarro 's admiration for the town inspired him to open a shop a decade ago across from the town common, known as The Green. For the last three years, he has been renovating an historic building adjoining his original space. Eight new showrooms, extending over 5,000 feet, opened in April, allowing him to quadruple the size of his inventory, which includes everything from high chests and folk art to paintings, Caucasian carpets, and period accessories such as delft, brass, and fireplace tools. "We have expanded in a direction most dealers are not going these days--into the higher end," says Ferarro. "We're creating a destination for collectors and interior designers who are looking for quality antiques."

What accounts for some of Ferarro 's achievements is that he is a collector himself, and so understands the passions that drive others. "People want to buy interesting things," he states. Based on the comments of collectors and colleagues, it seems buyers are responding to Ferarro 's instinct for the business--having a gracious and warm personality no doubt contributes to his success.

Napoleon III Sculptural Mantel Clock

Napoleon III Sculptural Mantel Clock
Napoleon III Sculptural Mantel Clock

This highly important Napoleon III patinated bronze and rouge marble mantel clock by Louis-Gabriel and Achille Brocot is a work of mechanical and artistic beauty. Featuring a Brocot pin-lever escapement with ruby pallets for precise telling of time, this clock also incorporates a calendar, measuring the date and day of the week with great accuracy. This superb timepiece is distinguished by its vivid rouge marble case surmounted by a patinated bronze horse sculpture and gilt accents. The clock is marked "Brocot Brevete,"


Figural Clock

17/18th Century Japanese Imari Vase with 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mounts
Figural Clock

A baluster shaped 17/18th c. Imari vase of large size with gilt bronze top and base. The 19th century base in Louis XV style with scrolling feet, lion masks with rings, foliates and a central turquoise enamel with initials in gold. The vase is drilled. The gilt bronze is signed V.P Paillard, listed bronzier in Bronzes Dores Francais du XVIII Siecle by Pierre Verlet. Paillard executed this work in the 19th century. The vase and base measure 36.5 inches in height, the vase itself measures 25.5 inches


Pair of Silver Plated Candelabra

Pair of Silver Plated Candelabra
Pair of Silver Plated Candelabra

Pair of heavy eight-light silver plated candelabra with chiselled leaves and forked vines. To find such a majestic and intricate nef of the size and condition of this specimen is simply extraordinary. Dating to the Middle Ages, the nef is an opulent table ornament in the shape of a ship. The earliest known mention of the nef is from 11th century France and indeed, its name is derived from the French nickname for a popular ocean sailing ship. The vessel was likely initially used as a goblet for drinking, and the four decorative wheels of the vessel, as seen here, enabled the ship to be easily passed around the table. As the form evolved, it became an elaborate dining accessory crafted of precious metals and stones and used to hold valuable items such as salt and other spices and condiments. Over time, the nef became purely ornamental and remains a striking centerpiece for the dining table, circa 1890. Measures: 27" wide x 7 1/2" deep x 31" high.


George II Silver Cup and Cover by Francis Nelme

George II Silver Cup and Cover by Francis Nelme
George II Silver Cup and Cover by Francis Nelme

Grapevines of incredible realism and exquisite detail turn this silver cup and cover by Francis Nelme into an organic masterpiece. As the vines form the handles in a fully decorated twisting of branches, grapes and leaves, they also entwine the base, lower half and lid of the George II-era cup, almost overtaking the classical lines of the piece in a symphony of natural embellishment. As beautiful adornment and the engraved coat of arms and family motto, connected to the Knight family of Ireland, testify, this lovely cup is a work of master artistry, created for a most privileged patron.


Knights of Malta Silver Plate Nef

Knights of Malta Silver Plate Nef
Knights of Malta Silver Plate Nef

This opulent Spanish silver plate nef is a remarkable objet d'art honoring the centuries-old humanitarian order better known as the Knights of Malta. Originally founded circa 1113 to give medical aid to pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem during the Crusades, The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta soon included a military branch charged with defending the Holy Land. Over the centuries, the Order was forced to move its headquarters to Cypress, then to Rhodes, eventually being given the island of Malta by Spanish King Charles I, ruler of Sicily, in 1530. By this time, the Knights had a formidable navy, the first ever for a chivalric order. This grand nef pays homage to the height of the order's navy, which occurred in the 17th century, when it participated in number of naval battles against the Ottoman Navy and the Barbary pirates. The nef takes the form of a great Spanish galleon. Three masts and riggings hold several wind-swept sails, while the multi-level deck is brimming with the activity of numerous Knights. Several cannons located on the sides of the galleon denote its usage in military campaigns.


19th Century English Sheffield Meat Dome

19th Century English Sheffield Meat Dome
19th Century English Sheffield Meat Dome

Large size English silver plate meat or food dome featuring extensive ribbing, a graceful twig motif handle and a crown engraved armorial. The initials RHC are distinct but the Latin phrase is very faint. The number 55 is marked underneath.


Cartier Ladies Yellow Gold Diamond Pasha Automatic Wristwatch

Cartier Ladies Yellow Gold Diamond Pasha Automatic Wristwatch
Cartier Ladies Yellow Gold Diamond Pasha Automatic Wristwatch

Cartier 18k yellow gold Pasha 31 mm with silvered dial and diamond bezel. Automatic movement. Model #WJ11945G, Serial#2811117847MX. Expertly Restored sold with 1 year warranty. Watch has original box and paperwork.

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