Seller Story: Dallas, TX
“I’ve always been a designer, whether it’s making lamps, creating jewelry or running a dress business where I sourced the fabrics and the patterns. If you don’t put some of your own designs into what you’re doing — whatever it is — then you don’t have anything different. You’ve got to be different.
I have a showroom space in an antiques mall and I really try to create a room and a setting around objects. With the jewelry I sell, everything is created from the ground up. The components come from all over the world, you can find vintage pieces everywhere: estate sales, auctions, online. In sourcing them, you get to know all of the manufacturers from the 1940’s and 1950’s, which is when costume jewelry came into its own. During that time, all of these wonderful people that were educated and trained in fine jewelry went into costume because the market sort of collapsed for the higher end product. I often create around pins from vintage Shreiner and Willam DeLillo pieces, but it really all began with Chanel. I sold vintage Chanel for many years; long before it was the hot thing that it is now.
The one thing common to everything that I do is color. I wear a lot of black in order to show the jewelry, but when it comes to accessories, I like color and I think a lot of women relate to that.” –Linda, The Designers Group
Sancai-Glazed Foo Guardians
Vintage Cordial Decanter and Glasses
Vintage Oriental Style Egg on Wood Base
Antique Five-Lille French Austrian Majolica Caviar Dish c 1890
Vintage Yellow Murano Glass Matching Vases
Vintage Murano Glass Shallow Bowl
Two Vintage Red Murano Glass Vases
Vintage Blue Murano Glass Sculpture
Antique Majolica Wheat Tray with Mottos
Vintage Sancai Bird and Pot
Chinese Hand Painted Macau Porcelain Bowl - Authentic Reproduction
Antique Austrian Amphora Vase
Antique Majolica Container with Baby Circa 1900
Houdon Style Louise and Alexandre Brogniart Plaster Busts
Large Orange & White Ginger Jar Lamp with Shade
Two Vintage Murano Millefiori Glass Vases
Gold Tone Bracelets with Multi-Colored Stones from Turkey
Double Layered Pink Agate Spike Necklace
Agate Druzy Bracelet from Turkey
Drusy Agate Stone Statement Necklace
Vintage Horn Cuff Bracelet
Trio of Vintage Gold-Tone Brooches
Vintage Multicolored Bib Necklace
Trio of Brooches
Linda Feld Hematite and Yellow Glass Beaded Necklace
Vintage Lilien Czech Heart Necklace
Trio of Gold Tone Pins
Vintage Alexis Kirk Statement Necklace
Collection of Gold Tone Vintage Clip-on Earrings
Tell us about some of your favorite pieces in the sale.
There’s some majolica, which I’ve sold for a long time and I love because it adds warmth to a room. Right now the glass market is more important than pottery, but it’s wonderful to use majolica in a book case, as an accent color, or a catchall tray.
Tell us about one of the lamps.
I made the orange ginger jar lamp from a huge piece of pottery imported from Italy, and crafted a cream colored shade with an orange trim to go with it. I’ve also done a lot with Murano glass lights and fixtures. A lot of people do just Murano, but I like to mix it all up in one room.
What’s your collecting philosophy?
Sometimes you fall in love with something that’s not in fashion and you should still want it in your home. You want your interiors to have a look that identifies you and isn’t a copy of a magazine. Putting together odd and unusual pieces is what creates that look. It’s an old saying that “If you like it, it all works together,” but I do think it’s true!