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Note: Old Dixie Road in the West Palm Beach area is also known as Antiques Row. Visiting various antique outposts makes a delightful Saturday afternoon, even if you’re only dreaming.http://www.westpalmbeachantiques.com. I interviewed Cedric DuPont of Cedric DuPont Antiques for an article in Simply the Best magazine, which I give you here, in abbreviated form.

Cedric DuPont Antiques: Spectacular and Monumental

By Judy Kirkwood

The stage is set from the moment you enter Cedric DuPont Antiques. “Spectacular and monumental,” says a tag on a pair of golden late-19th-century French Neoclassical style torchieres at the entrance. At 20,000 square feet, by far the largest showroom on West Palm Beach’s Antiques Row, the gallery itself is monumental, as well as the vast inventory that spills into several warehouses.

What is spectacular are the rooms of antique mirrors, mantles, candelabras, chests, statuaries, clocks, and even inkwells that surprise, delight, and stun. The showroom must have more glittering gilt than anywhere outside of El Dorado, the legendary lost city of gold. The gold painted cherubs and ground and pounded gold applied to metal claw foot paws and interwoven vines, chandeliers dripping with crystals, intricate wood inlays on furniture contribute to the dazzle factor.

Culled from palazzos, chateaux, and villas in France, Italy, Belgium, and Luxembourg, pieces are half the price of New York dealers. “I don’t have the overhead they do,” points out DuPont, who personally selects each piece. “Many people come in and wonder what a gallery like this is doing in West Palm Beach. It could be in Paris or New York. But this is my home and clients now fly here to see the collection.”

Having grown up in France in a family of prominent antique dealers, DuPont has the connections in Europe to view and obtain antiques in residences before they are available for sale or auction houses are alerted.

The price range is $2000 to something that was not yet displayed when I was there, but which is over $600,000: a chandelier, one of only 21 made in the world with rare crystals. “It was created for a Russian czar,” says DuPont. “The last one sold at auction for the equivalent of $1.1 million.” It will be spectacular and monumental.

Cedric DuPont Antiques, 3415 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida, 561-835-1319;http://cedricdupontantiques.com

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