DG Featured Member - Dominic F. Salvia

DG is proud to introduce Dominic F. Salvia of Sage Antiques & Decorative Arts, as its Featured Member of the Month!


DG is very excited to introduce Dominic F. Salvia as their featured member of the month! Dominic has been a long time member and friend of DG from the start. He has worked closely with Louise and the DG team on a number of projects throughout the years and was a supportive and instrumental force in organizing the DG Charity Auction held in November of this year. Dominic has been a Trust Administrator for many years and enjoys his profession immensely. However, the love of his life and all-consuming passion is collecting fine antique English Porcelain. 


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DG: What particular style and period of English Porcelain do you enjoy collecting?

DS: I like to collect English Porcelain, specifically Crown Derby, Coalport and Davenport wares in the Imari pattern, all before 1890. I am not of independent or unlimited means, so I am constrained by budget. I collect the best I can afford and I enjoy it immensely, it's a passion!


DG: What attracted you to be a collector in the first place? Has it changed over the years?

DS: I first became interested in antiques when I was around 13 years old. I found antique bottles and many 19th century wood working tools in what was originally an old barn on our property in Staten Island. I was drawn to these old things, remnants of everyday life from long ago. Shortly after that, my brother rented offices to an importer of Chinese Porecelain and Asian works of art. One day when I was visiting my brother at his store, I saw all of these beautiful items being carried upstairs into the office above. That was my first introduction to Chinese Porcelain. I bought what I could and paid over time from my allowance. Again, I was drawn to these beautiful items from another time. 


Several years later I became acquainted with English Porcelains in the Imari pattern. This decoration is Asian in origin and design, but was eagerly adapted by European Porcelain and Ceramic makers, especially the English factories of the 18th and 19th centuries. These factories produced wares greatly prized in Europe, decorated in the vivid Imari color palate which included Iron Red, Cobalt Blue and Gold Gilding--all on a White Porcelain background. I really liked it and was fascinated with the way European craftsmen had adapted the Asian style to make it uniquely theirs.


I decorate my home with all the pieces I have collected over the last 35 years. It's important for me to have my collection around me. It enriches me and gives me the feeling of being part of history and allows me to share these beautiful, old things with friends and family. 



DG is excited to invite you for an exclusive day trip upstate for a visit to The Polich Tallix Art Foundry and Dia:Beacon. We will travel by a private van to the Hudson Valley. 
Our first stop will be the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in in Rock Tavern, NY. Over the years, Polich Tallix has successfully turned artist's concepts into bronze, steel, aluminum, iron, and silver works of art, working side by side with world-renowned artists Tom Otterness, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella and Isamu Noguchi -- to name a few. 
Following our tour of Polich Tallix, we will take a short drive to Beacon, NY where we will enjoy discussion and a bite of lunch at Max's on Main. 
From there, we will head over to Dia:Beacon for a special guided tour, including the featured exhibition - Robert Irwin:Excursus: Homage to the Square. Dia:Beacon is a part of The Dia Art Foundation whose mission it is to identify, foster and present artists who have the potential to change the way we think about art and the world. 
    Date:  Friday, February 19, 2016
    Depart: 9:00am
    11am-12:30pm: Tour of Polich Tallix Art Foundry
    1pm-2pm: Lunch and Discussion at Max's on Main. 
    2:30pm-4pm: Guided Tour of Dia:Beacon
    Return to NYC: 6:30pm
    Admission: $180 Members / $195 Non-Members 

Looking forward to seeing you at this important event!


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    This month's higlighted museum is


    The MET


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      China Through The Looking Glass 


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    The Brooklyn Museum 


    an engaging if slightly estoeric exhibition of


      Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks 



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Founding Director of Devenish Group, Louise Devenish is a venerated Professor of Fine and Decorative Arts at New York University in the Certificate Appraisal Studies program. Louise is also a Professor of Antique Connoisseurship & Decorative Arts at Parson’s The New School of Design. She also holds the title of Certified Appraiser specializing in Decorative Arts and Furniture, and is a highly regarded Decorative Arts Consultant specializing in global furniture.

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