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of such establishments as Hiden Galleries, The
Antique & Artisan Center, Harbor View Center
for Antiques, Greenwich Living Antiques
& Design Centre, and Hamptons Antique
Galleries, where we began our fact-finding shopping adventure.
As with all the galleries, Hamptons is
located in a former industrial building, but
meandering through its four floors felt more
like wandering in and out of the antiques-laden
rooms of a fabulous estate. The dealers arrange
their wares in room-like settings: a turquoise sitting room with linen-covered wing chairs here,
a white dining room with a 19th-century mahogany dining table there.
The Antique & Artisan Center was the
pioneer gallery when it opened its doors in 1996.
With the debut of Hamptons and Greenwich
Living in 2008, the area’s reputation as a destination for shopping antiques grew exponentially.
Indeed, the word is out, and frequent shoppers
include set designers from New York City, celebrities, and Boston’s top designers.
Hattaway and Potter usually adopt a one-day whirlwind approach to shopping Stamford,
arriving early in the morning and leaving late in
the afternoon with a promising list of possibilities to mull over with clients. A favorite recent
find: four nautical paintings that they used as
headboards for the guest beds of a client’s house