Shards of Beauty

“Maybe it’s not about having a beautiful day, but about finding beautiful moments. Maybe a whole day is just too much to ask. I could choose to believe that in every day, in all things, no matter how dark and ugly, there are shards of beauty if I look for them.” 
                                       Anna White,  Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love and Leaps of Faith

If you consider that there are 250 dealers at our antiques & art gallery, and if you extrapolate that each dealer has at least 75 items in their booth or showcase, that's more than 18,000 objets and articles. Each was selected by that particular dealer for a particular reason: its beauty, its unusual shape or color or size, its functionality, its age, its outrageous funkiness or its value. Although "shards" conjures up images of something broken, today let's think more in terms of "slivers" or "little moments" of beauty as we walk the aisles of Hiden Galleries.  

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Un peu de ceci, un peu de cette

Herewith, you will find "a little of this, a little of that" but then, that's the beauty of an antiques mall, isn't it? Nestled in the next booth to a fine George III mahogany table may be a furry 1940s punk head from one of those carnival knock down games. Seven days a week, you can take a trip back in time to the Continent or the Far East or stroll down memory lane in the space of 40,000 square feet. Please move the cursor from the arrow to read the captions. 

Lions and dragons and boys with crocodiles ....oh, my!

Bronze Asian dragons, ancient vessels with lions' heads and rambunctious boys riding stone crocodiles are only a few of the stationary flora and fauna that can be found at Hiden these days. Along with vintage Italian bocce balls, Regency sofas, Hans Wegner tables and an 18th-century Italian chapel cross. Come visit!  Move the arrow off the cursor to read the captions.

Summertime and the Livin' is Easy

We can't say for sure that the fish are jumpin' or even that the cotton is high but we know that folks are shopping this summer at Hiden -- for summer house furnishings, tabletop accessories, vintage jewelry and tons of mid-century modern for new digs. Here's a sampling of what dealers are showing in time for the 4th of July.  (Move cursor off arrow to read descriptions.)

Spring Fever

"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want -- oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"   - Mark Twain

We've got spring fever at Hiden. Dealers have cleared out estates far and wide, scoured Brimfield and are coming back from shopping forays abroad and Down South. It's fair to say that, in their booths, June will be bustin' out all over. Come visit!

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