Carswell Rush Berlin, Inc. Antiques

  • P.O. Box 210, Planitarium Station
    New York City, NY 10024
    United States
          Mr. Berlin grew up in a home steeped in American decorative arts and surrounded by fine examples of 18th century American furniture, his father having been a passionate collector.  He became enthralled with the classical aesthetic over twenty five years ago, and is now considered one of the country's leading dealers in this period.
He has lectured at New York University's School of Continuing Education where he is an adjunct professor.  He has lectured at the Parsons School of Design in New York, The Colonial Williamsburg Furniture Forum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery’s Furniture Symposium, The Detroit Institute of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, the American Association of Appraisers Annual Conference,  Andalusia (for the Committee of the Philadelphia Antiques Show), the Philadelphia Antiques Show and the Winterthur Furniture Forum.  He will give two lectures at the Decorative Arts Forum in San Francisco on May 10, 2015.

His lecture ‘A Shadow of a Magnitude’: Thomas Cook & Richard Parkin; Philadelphia Cabinetmakers of the Classical Period, reveals, for the first time, the importance of a formerly little-known Philadelphia cabinetmaking firm, their origins, influences and works.  The lecture explores their relationship to other Philadelphia makers and to their prominent local and southern clients.

His furniture has been featured in The Magazine ANTIQUES, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Art & Auction, Antiques & Fine Arts, The Robb Report and Veranda.  

His article “An Important Rosewood and Cast-Iron Guéridon Attributed to Duncan Phyfe” was published in The Magazine ANTIQUES, May 2000 issue (Vol. CLVII, NO. 5) pages 770-777.  His article “Solid and Permanent Grandeur: The Design Roots of American Classical Furniture” was published in the catalogue for the 2002 International Fine Art and Antique Dealer Show in New York  (see: .  His article “Classical Furniture in Federal Philadelphia” was published in Antiques & Fine Arts in the Spring 2007 issue 
(see:  His article ‘A Shadow of a Magnitude’: Thomas Cook & Richard Parkin; Philadelphia Cabinetmakers of the Classical Period, was published in the 2013 Chipstone Journal: American Furniture.  His article "Presidential Appointments: Andrew Jackson and three Philadelphia cabinetmakers" was published in The Magazine ANTIQUES, March/April 2017 issue, Vol. CLXXIV. No.2,  (see:

Mr. Berlin serves on the Board of Trustees of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.  He is a member of the exclusive National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America, Inc. (NAADAA), and Antique Dealers Association of America (ADA) and is an exhibitor at The Winter Antiques Show in New York.  A graduate of Kenyon College, he founded Carswell Rush Berlin, Inc. in 1992 to serve museums and collectors. 
The firm's clients include:
Art Institute of Chicago
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (NYC)
The Brooklyn Museum
The Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh)
Detroit Institute of Arts
DAR Museum (Washington, DC)
Gracie Mansion, (home of the Mayor of NYC)
The Columbus Museum, (GA.)	
Colonial Williamsburg, (VA.)
Governor’s Mansion of the State of Texas, (Austin)
Peabody Essex Museum, (MA.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Art/Houston, (TX.)
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, (Providence)
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, (Richmond)
The White House, (DC)
Winterthur Museum (DE)
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
James Madison's Montpelier
Ohio Statehouse Museum (Columbus)

He exhibits at: 
Winter Antiques Show
Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City        
to Carswell Rush Berlin, Inc. Antiques
You may also call this professional at 212.721.0398
Duncan Phyfe Fine Sheraton Carved... H 28 in W 24 in D 48 in Request Price
Messenger & Phipson Pair of Lacquered-Brass ... H 25 in W 14 in Request Price
Very Fine Pair of... H 32 in W 17 in D 18 in Request Price
Messenger & Phipson Pair of Regency Candelabra... H 14 in W 17 in D 9 in Request Price
Duncan Phyfe Plain-Style Grecian Couch H 34 in W 74 in D 24 in Request Price
Duncan Phyfe Rare Restauration Mahogany... H 30 in W 40 in D 26 in Request Price
Duncan Phyfe Slant-Top Pedestal Desk H 31 in W 24 in D 21 in Request Price
Duncan Phyfe Federal Mahogany Occational... H 30 in W 22 in D 17 in Request Price
Duncan Phyfe Pair of Grecian Couches H 34 in W 74 in D 24 in Request Price
Charles N. Robinson Monumental Carved Gilt-Wood... H 70 in W 36 in Request Price
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