Welcome to Macklowe Gallery
Macklowe Gallery is the world's premier dealer of museum-quality 20th century decorative arts, and the largest global home of authenticated Tiffany Lamps. For nearly 50 years, we have been sought by scholars, museum curators and collectors for our specialty in French Art Nouveau furniture and objects, Tiffany Lamps and Tiffany glass, and fine jewelry. Our gallery ensures the authenticity of all of our pieces, which are thoughtfully selected for their artistic value, rarity and historic importance. With more than 6,000 square feet of gallery floor space directly on Park Avenue, we are able to display one of the most important and comprehensive collections in the world.
Over the years we have placed decorative works of art in major public, private and corporate clients’ collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The Dallas Museum and the Australian National Gallery, among others. In 1995, founders Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe were honored as Collectors of the Year by the Virginia Museum.
Now under the leadership of Benjamin and Hillary Macklowe, Macklowe Gallery has re-dedicated itself to educating and promoting the next generation of innovative collectors. Ben Macklowe has been recognized in the industry as a thought leader and lectures regularly at Christie's, Sotheby's and Appraisal Industry events. Together with the gallery's team of curatorial experts, Ben and Hillary have authored books on Art Nouveau sculpture and jewelry that have become standards in the field.
Through the Years
Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe marry and begin their life together—with almost nothing to their name, they furnish their first home with secondhand pieces scouted from The New York Times merchandising pages, and an appreciation for the value in old objects is born.
The First Acquisition
After a visit to their first antiques show at Madison Square Garden, Lloyd and Barbara are struck by the beauty of Tiffany Lamps, but floored by their $500 price tags. They purchase their first Tiffany vase, with the dealer allowing them to pay in $5 installments over several weeks.
The Collector's Eye
Their love of collecting grows in earnest, pursuing then-affordable Rookwood Pottery for $3 and $5 per piece. On weekends, they day trip to Connecticut to go antiquing and start selling their finds to dealers in NYC. Using their apartment storage unit as home base, Lloyd and Barbara begin a mail-order business with ads in the back of Hobby Magazine.
Springtime in Paris
At their first antiques show, their pottery collection sells out in the first four hours of a four-day show. Barbara, a jewelry lover, suggests adding one case of jewelry for the next show. They begin going on buying trips to Paris and London to scout the best Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Georgian pieces.
Pregnant with their second child Benjamin, Lloyd and Barbara decide packing up their VW to go to antiques shows on the weekends is no longer sustainable. At the suggestion of opening a store, Barbara says, “I don’t want to be a shopkeeper’s wife!”
Brick and Mortar
In September, Macklowe Gallery opens in a 420-square-foot space at 82nd and Madison, becoming the first true destination for decorative arts of the Art Nouveau era.
Macklowe Gallery hosts the first exhibition of animalier sculpture by Rembrandt Bugatti in the United States, featuring extraordinarily important work from 1900. His work is introduced to a new market and becomes highly collectible.
The gallery expands, moving to 982 Madison Avenue, next door to Sotheby’s.
The Macklowes partner with Barry Friedman to expand the gallery into “Modernism,” a destination for 1920s furniture, lighting, and objects. The shared space is created by cutting a hole in the wall between 982 Madison Avenue and the space next door.
A New Home
Jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts are all consolidated under one roof at 667 Madison Avenue—a pioneering move at the time, considering that entire area was office buildings.
The gallery begins to attract an A-list clientele, including Barbara Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Rod Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, and a young Steve Jobs.
Passing The Torch
Newly graduated from Tufts University with a degree in French, Lloyd and Barbara’s son, Ben Macklowe—teacher at the time—pitches in at the store when everyone else is home with the flu. Despite trying to do anything but work in the family business, he is smitten when he makes his first sale—an $800 pair of cuff links—and decides to dedicate himself to reviving the gallery’s focus on client development and sales.
Collectors of the Year
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts honors Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe as “Collectors of the Year,” with Barbara delivering a well-received keynote address on the passion of collecting.
A Prestigious Invitation
Macklowe Gallery is invited to exhibit at The Winter Antiques Show, the most prestigious stage in the U.S. This marks the first time a gallery specializing in items post-1900 had ever been extended an invitation.
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art stages an exhibition on Art Nouveau, featuring a cabinet donated by Macklowe Gallery to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Having established a thriving jewelry business under Barbara’s expert eye— acquiring and selling important pieces from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Rene Lalique and Marcus & Co.—she officially retires from Macklowe Gallery.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes a strategic acquisition of a Tiffany aquamarine vase , previously from LCTs personal collection, to accompany their landmark exhibition “LCT at Laurelton Hall
An expanded focus on education and expertise brings the gallery new visibility, and re-asserts its position as the foremost authority on Art Nouveau, with Ben lecturing at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and being quoted as an expert in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Macklowe Gallery publishes two books, with accompanying exhibitions: “Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau” in 2011, and “Nature Transformed: Art Nouveau Horn Jewelry” in 2012.
Ben Macklowe is named President.
Give me Park Avenue
A new 6,000 square-foot space at 445 Park Avenue gives the gallery unprecedented space to display one of the world’s most important and comprehensive collections of 20th century decorative arts.
After many years of working in the gallery, Hillary Macklowe is named Creative Director.
Nearly 50 years after establishing Macklowe Gallery as the premiere global destination for Art Nouveau, Lloyd Macklowe retires, but doesn’t retire his passion for collecting.
The New Digital Horizon
The relaunch of macklowegallery.com brings extensive education and expertise to a new generation of collectors. The ability to acquire some of the rarest finds from anywhere across the globe makes the gallery a true pioneer in the digital collecting space.
Macklowe Gallery in the Press
October 16, 2020
"Think Beyond The Classics, Explore Six Types of Engagement Rings"
August 30, 2020
"Art Deco at 100: Jewelry Can’t Get Enough"
July 14, 2020
"What’s Your Fantasy Jewel?"
May 27, 2020
"Episode 2: Educating estate jewelry collectors"
"Vintage in Vogue"
September / October 2019
"150th Anniversary September / October 2019 Cover (COVER - Print and Digital, display print, link to digital)"
August 26, 2019
"Jewelry That Tells a Story: Antique & Estate Pieces in a Modern World, with Benjamin Macklowe, President of Macklowe Gallery"
May 23, 2018
"How Antiques Emporium Macklowe Bucked a Major Trend to Launch Its New Space"
"Donald Glover in Cuff Links and Dress Set (Print and Digital - display print, link to digital)"
January 26, 2018
"“Millennials Show Appreciation for Antique Victorian Jewelry” (Digital)"
December 7, 2017
"Macklowe Gallery Debuts New Location in Midtown Manhattan"
December 1, 2017
"Nouveau wave: falling in love with Lalique again"
November 22, 2017
"What 28 Designers Want to Give and Receive This Holiday Season"
February 24, 2017
"The Best Places to Buy Jewelry Online"
"Brooches (on Model)"
May 3, 2016
"Bee Schaffer in Earrings at the Met Ball"
February 11, 2016
"Our New York Vintage Jewelry Address Book"
March 8, 2016
"Fall in Love with the East Hampton Home of Designers Delphine and Reed Krakoff"
January 20, 2016
"Inside the NYC Winter Antiques Show"
September 21, 2015
"Baroque Pearl Jewelry Makes Its Mark"
September 11, 2014
"Casting the Glow of Tiffany Far and Wide"
"Jessica Stam in Necklace"
"Jennifer Lopez in Earrings"
June / July 2013
"Ceramics / Pottery"
June 28, 2013
"Let There Be Light!"
June 20, 2013
"Photos: The Wedding Guide 2013"
"Amy Adams in Earrings"
"Necklace (on Model - Natalia Vodianova)"
"Jessica Alba in Earrings and Bracelet"
May 3, 2012
"Thoroughly Modern, in The 1890s"
April 14, 2012
"Luxury Stores Pull Out Mandarin Phrase Books to Make the Sale"
"Ring (on Model)"
"Mia Wasikowska in Dress Clips, Jessica Chastain in Bracelets, Elizabeth Olsen in Bracelet, Lily Collins in Bracelets"
"Adele in Earrings"
November 18, 2011
"Macklowe Gallery Celebrates 40 Years with Art Nouveau Sculpture Exhibition"
November 10, 2011
"A Nouveau Niche"
November 3, 2011
"Carousel of Misbehavior in the Folk Art World"
"Ashley Olsen in Brooch and Bracelet"
Meet the Team Our curators bring a combined century-plus of experience
Ben is a second-generation owner of the Macklowe Gallery, and has served as its President since 2012. Under his leadership, the gallery has become a digital innovator in the antiques space. He has appeared on television to discuss Tiffany lamps with Martha Stewart, lectured on Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Winterthur Museum and presented on the art glass of Emile Gallé at the Taft Museum of Art. He has also been quoted as an expert in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
As Creative Director of Macklowe Gallery, Hillary brings a highly-trained eye and a BA in Fine Arts to all visual elements of the business, including photography, visual merchandising, and social media. She is a jewelry lover and collector, with a particular passion for Art Nouveau.
Lary is a founding member of Macklowe Gallery, overseeing all aspects of gallery operations, including sales and client relationships, since 1971.
As the Jewelry Director of Macklowe Gallery, Carol specializes in acquiring and selling unique and beautiful jewels. She has been with the gallery for more than 20 years, and holds a degree in gemology from the Gemological Institute of America. She has a special love of convertible jewelry.
Madeleine O’Hare currently serves as the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at Macklowe Gallery. She holds a BA in Art History from Wake Forest, as well as a Master’s Degree in Art & Museum Studies from Georgetown and a Certificate in Contemporary Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.
Lloyd and Barbara founded Macklowe Gallery in 1966 with $300. During their first visit to Paris, they were enchanted by the mysterious beauty of Art Nouveau and a lifelong passion was born. While their original focus was on art glass and ceramics, Barbara's passion led Macklowe Gallery to become one of the most respected and celebrated sources for rare and collectible jewelry.