For renowned architect Gil Schafer, infusing a bit of history into new spaces is the key to creating a welcoming and lived-in feel. And in his own home in Maine, a growing assortment of mid-century pottery takes pride of place.
Not partial to particular forms or glazes, he’s drawn to ceramics for the same simple reason he collects, well, anything: “to fill our homes with things that are beautiful and show the inspired hand and mind of the maker.”
Here, the self-proclaimed “glorified hoarder” shares with us his go-to sources for antique vessels—and so much more.
Corey Daniels Gallery
(Wells, ME) Corey has an amazing eye and always has the most interesting things in his gallery. His is first and foremost a gallery of contemporary art, often featuring the work of Maine-based artists. He also has a wonderful array of objects including some terrific mid-century pottery that I have discovered rooting around in his back rooms. And his prices always have an eye toward fair value. coreydanielsgallery.com
(New York, NY and Sagaponack, NY) Anyone interested in the best makes a stop at one of Wyeth’s two beautiful galleries. Their collection of mid-century furniture and objects is extensive, and it is a great way to get an education in the range of work by the mid-century masters. wyeth.nyc
(New York, NY and Millerton, NY) I have found beautiful things at this gallery for over 20 years, stretching from 18th- and 19th-century Swedish furniture, mirrors and decorative objects to mid-century ceramics. Their range is always a delight to the eye, and the array of price points is always encouraging to the wallet. evergreenantiques.com
Galerie Half and Object
(Los Angeles, CA) These two galleries are conveniently right across the street from each other and not to be missed. Galerie Half has a carefully curated and wonderfully eclectic range of furniture, art, and objects, many of which are from “half”-way through the last century. Just across Melrose Avenue, Brian Roak’s Object gallery has the most exquisite array of beautifully designed and useful mid-century objects, including pottery. galeriehalf.com ; object-la.com
(New Preston, CT) If you are ever up in Western Connecticut, you should not miss this beautiful new shop belonging to my friends Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry. Perfectly curated to a serene vibe, with a mostly-neutrals color palette celebrating texture and materials in their choices, I always manage to come away with some beautiful ceramic piece, sometimes from the Song Dynasty and sometimes from the 1950s or ’60s. plain-goods.com