Bounty of the Bygone

Brown & Co.

Seth Vaughan  |  Photos by Willard Brown. Photo by Shayna Fontana., Bradley Fert’s andiron allure. Photo by Shayna Fontana., Eric Prokesh’s eclectic abundance. Photo by Shayna Fontana.
December 13, 2013

Antiquarian Willard Brown has taken over the antiques collective previously known as Mews II and rebranded it Brown & Co. What has not changed is the quality of the assemblages offered by the establishment’s 17 dealers. Eric Prokesh offers incomparable pieces that span the centuries; we spotted everything from an arresting Scandinavian sleigh bed to a Fornasetti lamp. Marlyss Skipwith still fills the front room with fine continental and American items that communicate an easy elegance. B. Gover trades in the curious, novel and witty. Keven Fowler vends impressive statement pieces, from Parisian portals and Italian tables with pietra dura tops to monumental lighting fixtures. The blithe and intelligent range at Greta Owens includes framed pressed flora and a faux-bois console that still haunts me. Also, in the mix are John Bobbit with a dense assortment of ornamental pieces and Sabella by Matthew Rzechula’s custom stone fireplace surrounds and flooring. The real coup, though, is the arrival of Bradley Ferst of Mongrel Hill Fireplace and his unparalleled assortment of andirons, from massive bronze sets to exquisitely detailed roaring griffins. Ferst’s booth is painted an unusual shade of orange with wall hangings reminiscent of the famed Barnes collection. Willard Brown himself maintains three spaces, two of which are devoted to classical pieces (chief among them, medieval alms dishes from Nuremberg), while the third focuses on pedigreed mid-century creations. 1333A Oaklawn Ave., 214.748.8359;