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JF Chen Antiques

Shopping, Antiques Hollywood
JF Chen Antiques
Photograph: Courtesy JF Chen Antiques

JF Chen’s proprietor and namesake, Joel Chen, has been featured on the cover of Apartamento magazine, so you know his collection of antiques is worth perusing. You can find them on display in this 30,000 square-foot, 1950s concrete bank vault in Hollywood, where you’re likely to rub elbows as you shop with A-list celebrities looking to populate their Malibu homes with the best antique pieces in town. That is, if you can find the place; JF Chen’s storefront boasts no signage. The gallery’s selection is diverse; pieces are sourced globally, and eclectic antiques are mixed with items more modern or mainstream in design. This is a reflection of Chen’s tastes, which run the gamut, though in the last decade his daughter Bianca has begun to add her own unique aesthetic preferences—mostly oddball accessories—into the mix. The result is an amalgamation of 17th century baroque limestone figures, 1930s French Art Deco tables, late 19th century chandeliers, mid-century modern chairs and more (much, much more). Even with a (real or fibbed) designer’s discount, don’t expect to leave without spending a bare minimum of around $5,000. If they’re within your budget, these antiques are the stuff from which dream homes are made.


Venue name: JF Chen Antiques
Address: 1000 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat noon-5pm
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