When there is not time to both go shopping and visit an art gallery, luckily Athens has a store that covers both these things in one. Martino’s Antique and Fine Art Gallery is a mammoth, four story wonder filled to the brim with vintage furnishings, art work and occasional exhibitions that can easily take up a day to fully explore.
Martino’s is a piece of Athenian history in itself. It was established in 1885, and moved to its present location on Pandrossou Street in 1926. Martino’s Antique and Fine Art Gallery has become an iconic store in the Athenian antique and fine art world, and has had a history of attracting rather famous clientele! If you want to follow in the shopping footsteps of Jackie Onassis, a trip to Martino’s has to be on the bucket list!
The art pieces at Martino’s range from photography to sculpture. The store sells vintage jewelry, ceramics from around the world, furniture, embroideries, glass, silverware, carpets, clocks and everything else that may be desired to furnish and decorate the home.
When seeking new items for the store, the owners of Martino’s prioritize “quality and rarity in combination with exquisite taste”. They certainly have the goods to back up this bold claim and no one that visits this store is left in any doubt that this is a venue of and for antique and vintage art experts, which is not to say that everybody cannot enjoy the pieces here. Indeed, once inside it is hard to leave empty handed.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
If you’re buying 19th-century furniture, you’re probably looking for pieces that have primary or secondary paint. With newly painted pieces that are trying to look older, there’s usually a repetition in the paint that seems too regular. On a piece that has been banged around for the last 200 years, the paint’s not going to be regular; it’s going to be chipped off in places.
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