"China by Color" 1999

At his Berkshires estate, Juan Pablo Molyneux is not one to sit still and take in the scenery. With his house situation just minutes away from the dozens of antiques dealers along Route 7, Molyneux does what most interior designers like to do – he shops. One of his favorite destination is Elise Abrams Antiques in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. “She has huge display cases of plates and crystal organized by color,” he says. “It’s all very beautiful and in perfect condition.” Abrams, whos started as an art-glass collector and lecturer, estimates she has 2,000 stacks of dinnerware. By stacks, she means place settings of 12 that are similar in color or theme but are not necessarily the same pattern or made by the same manufacturer. Abrams sells Minton, Royal Doulton, Worcester, Meissen, KPM, Sevres, Staffordshire and 1880s to 1920s hand-enameled china in vibrant colors, as well as a wide array of American, English and Venetian stemware.

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