In what can only be described as the most tasteful 21st century version of “Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe,” I present to you Creel and Gow. The shop is a veritable treasure trove of items, which range from the simplest tiger eye sphere to the most elaborate deconstructed crustaceans better known as a lobster and huge crab “en tremblant”… more on that later. One must be someone who appreciates everything from the arcane and esoteric to the simplest of “just because” items.
Once you pass through the doors you are transported back to a different time in the retail business when shops were chock a block with original and unusual pieces to adorn and ornament your home as opposed to today’s cookie cutter retail environments when not one store has an original personality. Oddly enough, even before you enter you seem to think that you are not in New York City but possibly in Paris or London which, of course, even further enhances your experience once inside.
The physicality of the store makes one think of possibly the Left Bank and the famous Deyrolle ( Google it) but this stateside incarnation is a combination of Audubon, Cousteau, Verdura, Tony Duquette, Barneys, Marian McEnvoy and a host of other finely edited shops and collections from around the world. The contents are all at once “objets de vertu”, “objets d’arts” as well as incredible pieces that beg to find a home in your home. If you have ever asked, “What do you buy the person who has everything?” the reply is simple… Something from Creel and Gow!
P.S… Of particular fascination were the “en tremblant” pieces which were derived from the work of a Dr. Beauchene who employed this method of “deconstruction” when explaining and demonstrating the workings of the brain and the human body. These specimens are unlike anything I have ever seen. | Jeffrey Felner
pictures courtesy Creel and Gow