What do you think of when you think of Bill Blass? Peerless style? Swoon-worthy homes? Those architectural models?? Admit it. Who hasn't pined for one of those models that Blass displayed so stylishly in his abodes.
Recently, I was at Spalding Nix Fine Art where I spied some really good-looking models of staircases, obelisks, and domes. My initial thought of "Oh wow! Antique models" turned to "Oh Lord! Must be out of my budget." Well, not true on either count. Though they look like they could be antiques, they're not. They're new, but you wouldn't know it thanks to their rich patinas. And the price? Very affordable. Nothing is over $390. That fabulous obelisk, above, is a mere $50.
So, if you're ready to start, um, building an architectural model collection, visit Spalding's website or gallery pronto! At the very least, you can peruse the gallery's collection of antique furniture and paintings. Spalding is famous for his discerning eye and his enthusiasm for collecting.
Spalding Nix Fine Art is located at The Galleries of Peachtree Hills, Building 5, Suite 30-A. He can be contacted at (404) 841-7777.
Demi-Dome, 16 by 18 by 9.75 inches, $275
Bell Tower Antica, 34.25 by 13.5 inches, $390
Spiral Staircase, 14.75 by 12.5 inches, $130
Grand Staircase, 19.25in by 12.5 inches, $200
Lighthouse Steps, 23.75 by 6.75 by 4.25 inches, $130
Image at top: Black Obelisk (15.75 by 2.75inches, $50) and Mission Stairs (25.75 by 6.75 inches, $130)