The Penine Hart boutique embodies the philosophy “Art is the icing on the cake of life, it’s how people live”. As a former owner and curator of a SoHo gallery space in the 90s, Penine Hart not only believes that art is essential in life, but demonstrates how the two can be set together. She does this by displaying her informal antique and fine art pieces in the backdrop of a home environment, unlike the intimidating galleries during the 1980s. Now that art sales are on the rise again, Hart aims for a soothing setting where the buyer can enjoy the pieces, and afford themselves the comfort and considerations needed before making purchase.
Hart’s inventory is replenished with new arrivals just about everyday and her prices are affordable. Antiques are primarily French, Italian and English from the 18th and 19th century, as well as some American designs from the 1940’s.
Each piece is so beautiful as is, softly whispering an enchanting story from the past, like a ghost in the room. Among the boutiques offerings are beautiful antique ironstone vessels, dishes from Joan Platt from Sneden's Landing, New York in shades of bone and grey with matte glaze, and large antique French folding tables that go quickly.
The gallery’s staples include local pet portrait artist Jeanne Hedstrom who commissions her work for the pet lovers of Manhattan. Her unrivaled pet paintings in oil are completed with framing and is a must-have for passionate pet owners. Also featured in the boutique is painter and pottery artist Devin Dougherty. Her hand built pottery of clay and porcelain comes in shapes that follow forms of art in ancient history with various glazing and finishes. Finally there is Christine Rodin, a fine artist who captures whimsical photography of landscapes and sky-scapes. Evocative and haunting, Rodin achieves her desired effects using an outmoded camera with German processed film, setting her final images on textured watercolor paper that is then cased in vintage framing.
With the warm feeling one gets from the galleries installation one can’t help but appreciate the true artistic expression of Penine Hart.