Photography By CHICHI UBIÑA
The Collective and Fairfield County LOOK present the curators at The Collective. The Collective is a group of exceptional dealers of both vintage and antique finds. Visit their 13,000 sq.ft space located at 50 John Street in the antiques district of Stamford, CT. Just south of I-95.
Name: Jerry Mulligan
Company Name: I typically use my own name for retail purposes, but the business name is Anthony Edwards Associates, which is a blend of my middle name and the middle name of a good friend/mentor of mine who was in the antiques business for a number of years and taught me a great deal about collecting what you love and ways in which to make all your pieces work together in your home.
Where are you from? Where did you grow up? I was born in Brooklyn, but my family moved to Long Island when I was in my early teens. I lived there until after I finished graduate school, upon which I moved to Westchester County and then Connecticut.
Describe your personal style: My personal style is grounded in traditional or classic antiques, ranging from American to English and French with a number of Asian pieces. However, like many people, my style has evolved over the years to the point where it is now a blend that includes some mid-century and modern but always starting with classic antiques that are beautiful to look at and use but also enable one to live and entertain in a very comfortable manner.
When did you start collecting? Not until after my college years, when I moved into my first apartment in White Plains, NY. I had the time and some money to invest in furniture and artwork, but it really took off when I moved to an antique colonial in Connecticut, which had been restored by a well-regarded collector of American antiques who designed an addition that included an entrance hall/gallery and a lots of rooms to fill up.
What might we find at your booth in The Collective? A little bit of everything – from a 19th century burl walnut chest to a collection of Mid Century art and Danish modern pottery with some unusual accessories, such as a pair of Czechoslovakian marionettes that I recently found at an estate sale.
Have your life experiences affected how and what you collect? Absolutely – from my early years visiting my grandmother’s 19th century brownstone in Park Slope to my college studies in architecture and design, to my subsequent travels to England, France, and Italy, where I came to really appreciate the beauty and charm of incorporating well-loved and well-worn antiques into a modern lifestyle.
If you won the lottery, how would you go about enhancing your collection? It would need to be the big one! I’ve always thought it would be great to have a cottage in the country, a contemporary apartment in the city, and a more casual place on the water so I could go about furnishing each in the style and manner to which I would like to be accustomed.
What are the pros and cons in your business that people don’t realize? The biggest pro is that you get to do what you love without the approval or permission of a boss or the need to adhere to routine work schedule. The cons include working more hours than a normal job, without having a guaranteed paycheck or steady income. Not sure most people, myself included, would ever realize how much work goes into finding interesting pieces, getting them ready for sale, and the number of other time-consuming tasks, ranging from paperwork and inventory management to the never-ending job of packing and moving all the furniture and accessories. That said, I still feel the pros outweigh the cons!
Name a character in fiction or reality who would feel most at home with your personal style/collection? (And why?) This may be very presumptuous on my part, but two names come to mind. The first is Thomas Jefferson, a personal hero and a true Renaissance man with a remarkable talent and appreciation of design, from furniture to architecture, as exemplified by his home, Monticello, and the University of Virginia where I spent my undergraduate years. The second is Timothy Corrigan, a well-known American designer who I admire for his remarkable ability to blend classic antiques with modern pieces in a very sophisticated yet comfortable and always beautiful manner.