I have to admit that I had not known about Philip Colleck, Ltd. until a few weeks ago when a friend introduced me to them, via their website. I marked it as a place I wanted to visit the next time I was in NYC, and when that opportunity suddenly arose last week, and I realized it was right around the corner from the D&D Building, I made an appointment to visit.
I ditched David for a little while and walked over to their location. It was easy to spot, because how many houses in NYC have a white picket fence?The house itself is the first special thing about Philip Colleck, Ltd. (PCLtd). It is located in midtown Manhattan in a pre-Civil War New York City landmark brick house. It even has a nice back garden, which must be wonderful in the summer. Here’s some history.
But it’s when you enter the building that the true magic begins. Everywhere you look, there’s something amazing. I was quite taken with all of the detail work on this chair, especially the dolphins! English c.1810
All around the gallery there were beautiful floral paintings, all done by Diana, one of the owners. I was especially taken with this one, as hyacinths are one of my favourite spring flowers. And it’s even prettier with the blue-and-white cachepot.
There were more mirrors than the Irish ones above… This Venetian one is spectacular with its green glass and the charming Diana explaining its history to us… or else talking about all of the books we both own and love!
PCLtd’s owners, Mark and Diana Jacoby were kind enough to show David and me their ground floor kitchen with the amazing trilobite counter tops. I could have looked at this all afternoon just to see the different fossils embedded in the stone.
I mentioned in my first NYC post that we started and finished the day with Gracie… first at the D&D Building and last at PCLtd where Gracie papers abounded!And some detail…Thanks again to Mark and Diana for being such gracious hosts on the spur of the moment.
Philip Colleck, Ltd.
311 East 58th Street New York, NY 10022