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As a feisty, young Irishman who arrived in New York City in the late 1960s, dealer and collector Niall Smith wasted little time establishing a signature style. His bark and his brogue were legendary. Equally lofty ideas and bold principles governed his decorative emporium, a shoebox of a space on Bleecker Street. Over time, a successful business expanded to Grand Street in Soho, premises on New York’s Upper East side, and an enormous Long Island City warehouse where he limited admission — “Show me dollar bills!” was the bouncer’s prerequisite. His reverence for Neoclassicism struck a resounding chord during the 1980s earning him an undisputed reputation as a tastemaker with an entertaining refrain. Culled from more than four decades of collecting at his loft on West 26th Street and now fresh to the market, The Collection of Niall Smith offers  a broad range of Biedermeier furniture, Attic and Etruscan style pottery, Italian micromosaics and other Neoclassical souvenirs of the Grand Tour, as well as Japanese bronzes, Egyptian artifacts, 18th and 19th century prints and drawings and a fine selection of books on the decorative arts and books relating to his Irish ancestry.

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