L' Antiquaire & The Connoisseur, Inc.

The Connoisseur Inc. was established in 1935 by Countess Ruth Costantino, the first woman fine art dealer in America.  She helped form some of the great twentieth century private collections of French furniture, and was the White House's principal purveyor of French eighteenth century furniture.  Her daughter, Helen Fioratti, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design founded L’Antiquaire in 1965 with her late husband Nereo Fioratti. The two companies merged in 1983, after Madame Costantino’s death to form L’Antiquaire & The Connoisseur Inc. 
The gallery deals in European works of art, antiques and paintings from antiquity to the end of the eighteenth century.  
         Under Mrs. Fioratti's direction, the gallery has continued to supply works of art to museums across America and Europe. She has designed interiors in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.  Mrs. Fioratti has worked on architectural restorations, and restored a 10th century village near Siena.  
         Mrs. Fioratti serves on the board of the Antique Dealers League of America, is president of L’Antiquaire & The Connoisseur, is a member of Accademica della Cucina Italiana, and a member of the Decorator’s Club and the ASID. Mrs. Fioratti’s daughter, Arianna Fioratti Loreto (Harvard BA, Princeton MA-ABT PHD) is the third generation of women involved in the business.
        Mrs. Fioratti is the co-author and illustrator of French Antiques (1961; 1990), and author and illustrator of The History of Italian Furniture, Il Mobile Italiano (2004). She lectures on decorative arts and is a contributor to several magazines.
The gallery’s exhibitions and related catalogs, include The Enlightened Eye: (1996), The Aesthetic Pursuit (1998), Tempting Pandora: European Boxes, 1200-1800 (2000), European Master Drawings (2001), and In Noah’s Footsteps: Animals in the Fine and Decorative Arts, 3000 B.C.E.-1850 (2004), The Masterful Hand: European Drawings from the 15th through the early 19th century (2005), Reflections of Splendor, European Mirrors from 1500-1800 (2007), and Illuminating Their World: European Chandeliers from 1500-1800 (2007).  The gallery has exhibited at many international art fairs, including Palazzo Albergati in Bologna, Biennale Antiquariato in Florence, Grosvenor House in London, TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF Basel, Monte Carlo, The Milan International Fine Art & Antiques Show, The Winter Antiques Show in New York, The Connoisseur’s Antique Show, Antiques Chicago, the Fall Antiques Show San Francisco, and the Palm Beach International Fine Art & Antique Fair.
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A Set of Four Lacquered Chairs with Noble Coat of Arms
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A Set of Four Lacquered... H 40 in W 21 in D 21 in $ 45,000
A Very Rare Wooden Catalonian Child s Chair
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A Very Rare Wooden... H 25 in W 13 in D 9 in $ 14,000
A Fine French Late Directoire Miniature Fauteuil with Leather Upholstery
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A Fine French Late... W 12 in D 10 in $ 8,000
Walnut Cabinet with Original Gilding Paint Ebony Marble and Bronze
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Walnut Cabinet with... H 76 in W 41 in D 17 in $ 125,000
A Painted Wood with Marble Top Console Table
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A Painted Wood with Marble... H 25 in W 42 in D 23 in $ 58,000
Original Painted and Mecca Silver Gilt Armchair
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Original Painted and Mecca... W 21 in D 17 in $ 8,000
A Very Finely Carved and Painted White Side Chair with an Open Work Back
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A Very Finely Carved and... W 20 in D 20 in $ 6,500
A Pair of Walnut Armchairs poltrone
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A Pair of Walnut Armchairs ... H 37 in W 27 in D 21 in $ 56,000
A Carved Walnut Credenza with Two Doors
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A Carved Walnut Credenza... H 48 in W 48 in D 14 in $ 42,000
A Pair of Louis XIII Ladder Back Walnut Chairs
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A Pair of Louis XIII Ladder... H 41 in W 20 in D 15 in $ 9,500
A Small Florentine Game Desk with Mechanical Features
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A Small Florentine Game... H 28 in W 25 in D 20 in $ 95,000
Superb Venetian Chinoiserie Drop Front Cabinet
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Superb Venetian Chinoiserie... H 87 in W 43 in D 21 in $ 380,000
A Very Finely Carved and Painted Cream Side Chair with an Open Work Back
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A Very Finely Carved and... W 20 in D 20 in $ 6,500
A Set of Four Walnut and Red Velvet Side Chairs
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A Set of Four Walnut and... W 21 in D 18 in $ 29,000
A Rare Beech Wood Unusually Small Cabinet Deux Corps
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A Rare Beech Wood Unusually... H 61 in W 29 in D 18 in $ 18,000
A Gilded Wood Bracket console dapplique
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A Gilded Wood Bracket ... H 16 in W 15 in D 8 in $ 17,000
A Louis XV Kingwood Bureau Plat with Gilt Bronze Mounts
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A Louis XV Kingwood Bureau... H 30 in W 52 in D 28 in $ 55,000
A Gilded Wood Console Bracket Depicting America
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A Gilded Wood Console... H 18 in W 14 in D 6 in $ 21,000
A Pair of Very Fine Italian Carved Walnut Armchairs
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A Pair of Very Fine Italian... H 43 in W 26 in D 29 in $ 69,000
Nicolas Longe Pair of Walnut Side Chairs chaises la Reine
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Nicolas Longe Pair of Walnut Side Chairs ... H 38 in W 22 in D 19 in $ 28,000
Cherry Wood bois de Sainte Lucie Casket with Bronze Hardware
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Cherry Wood (bois de Sainte... H 4 in W 11 in D 8 in $ 12,000
A Very Fine Six Arm Bronze Chandelier in Original Condition
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A Very Fine Six-Arm Bronze... H 40 in DIA 22 in $ 24,000
Francesco Abbiati Walnut Tulipwood Ebony Gilded Bronze and Mirror Glass Bureau Bookcase
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Francesco Abbiati Walnut, Tulipwood, Ebony,... H 93 in W 48 in D 24 in $ 320,000
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