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David Duncan Antiques


Am back in NYC now, refreshed and making my rounds! A recent visit to see the haut antiquarian, David Duncan provided me with, (and I know this is going to sound impossible), more glam than I was prepared to handle.

Just a quick post tonight to give you a glimpse of what I’m talking about.

The outrageously beautiful French Directoire style Lit à la Polonaise bed below once belonging to the legendary Bunny Melon, and would be the ultimate centerpiece for a super chic guest bedroom.


French Directoire style Lit à la Polonaise bed


Rock Crystal Parrot Lamp

I adore rock crystal – so when I saw Duncan’s glorious lamps I started speed dialing clients! (Duncan also has a pair of Chinese figural lamps not shown) – these are magnificent even without provenance, but the fact that they once graced the iconic style maven Gloria Vanderbilt’s sitting room – well that is just beyond fabulous. Have included below an image from Vogue Decoration clearly showing this amazing set of lamps in context.

Here a glimpse of the rock crystal lamps in situ from a picture in Vogue Decoration.

Rock crystal lamps in situ from a picture in Vogue Decoration.

Stopping for a second to catch my breath in front of the David Duncan boutique, I’m wearing a pieced cognac suede jacket by Gucci, a Turnbull and Asser turquoise and white striped cotton shirt with contrast white collar and french cuffs, Seaman Schepps turquoise cufflinks, white skinny jeans by Diesel, silver chain link belt, python loafers and brown suede and leather satchel all by Gucci.


  1. Dean says:

    Dear James, Really enjoyed this post ! I have always been a big fan of David Duncan. Thanks for sharing, and showing us the Vanderbilt salon, which was so beautiful !

  2. Zenon says:

    suede jacket = awesome. love it.

  3. Christian Fuchs says:

    Dear James,

    This is ABSO-BLOOMIN-LUTELY MAG! I LOVE the crystal parrot lamp, I have no words to describe how beautiful it looks, can´t wait to visit David Duncan Antiques when I visit NYC, today I have an exhibition and I don´t know what to wear, I wish you were here to give me some advice…….



  4. Eugenia Drummond says:

    You look amazing James! I would love to shop with you! I´m redecorating my apartment in Ipanema Beach now, you blog is helping me a lot, I have really new ideas after reading it!

    Thank you so much!



  5. Mag Lisperger v. W. says:


    This Antique store looks very interesting, I´m sure I would find there some articles for my summer villa……. let me know if you are visiting Germany soon, I would love to have you as my guest.

    Best Regards,


  6. Edie B. says:

    James, you should come to East Hampton next summer, we could have a cup of tea at the veranda and talk about the new decoration of my mansion, I think I could buy some things at David Duncan Antiques…….

  7. Wendy Chao says:

    “Outrageously beautiful” indeed. Love it…and you!

  8. Shani says:

    As much as I always love the beautiful things you post, I saw the first picture and was thinking, “The jacket, the jacket, the jacket! What about the jacket?!” throughout the post. I love it. The bed is gorgeous, too! 🙂

  9. Bruno says:

    I have to admit that you’re wearing one of my favourite piece from your closet! This Gucci cognac suede jacket is just divine!

  10. kristine says:

    you must know how much i love white denim and brown suede, together! loved your posts from the dr!

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