The Platinum 100 2016: Antiques
Cheryl Burke’s clients, some from as far as Russia and Saudi Arabia, love to browse her inventory of unique, pedigreed antique furniture, art and estate jewelry. Currently in stock is a one-of-a-kind 18K gold jewelry suite of lapis lazuli with amber beads originally made for the Rothschild family. She’s an excellent source, too, for Buddhas of Thai, Burmese, Chinese or Cambodian descent. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 952-0042.
Bruce Crissy Galleries has cultivated a following with collectors across the country for his 18th- and 20th-century furniture, porcelain, cut glass, silver and jewelry. The “vault collection” salon has precious items like Tiffany glass and Handel lamps. This spring, in addition to the gallery, Crissy co-founded SRQ Auctions with the well-established W. Smith Auction of New Hampshire. Both enterprises are located at 640 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 957-1110.
Owner Aimee Carlson has assembled a collection of vintage and antique home decor, art, glass, jewelry and designer handbags from the 1880s to the 1980s, with important names like Tiffany, Gorham, Wedgwood, Baccarat, Lalique, Schiaparelli, Hermes and Chanel. One luxurious current example is a mid-19th-century Victorian gold bracelet decorated with cabochon turquoise in a pave setting; a single diamond star turns over to reveal a crystal locket of hair. 19 Fillmore Drive, St. Armands, (941) 388-1300.
Sarasota Trading Co.
With customers who range from discerning collectors to first-time home buyers, Sarasota Trading Co. carries antiques and modern design from names like Knoll, Philip Laverne, Howard Miller and Tiffany. Among its 2016 best sellers are traditional and contemporary fine art from Old Masters to exciting new artists. 522 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 953-7776.
Steven Postans Antiques
A wholesale mecca for dealers, designers and decorators from across the U.S., Steven Postans Antiques has a 28,000-square-foot warehouse filled with more than 2,500 unique pieces of classic English antiques from the 18th and 19th century. He also houses a quality restoration department, with professional craftsmen certified in the art of French polishing. 7881 15th St. E., Sarasota, (941) 755-6063.