Summer 2019|volume 12|Issue 4

    MEET: Mary Lee and David Snuffer

    Mary Lee and David Snuffer

    Bedford-on-the Square Antiques

    At Mahla & Co. Antiques
    17th & Smallman / 412-471-2090

    How long have you been in the antiques business?   

    We have been in business for 38 years. Our first shop was on Bedford Square, South Side, in 1982. We have been at Mahla since it opened in 1995.

    Do you specialize in any area?   

    We focus on American and European furniture and artwork by American listed artists. We are purveyors of unique smalls, including inkwells, perfume bottles, glass, and wooden and silver boxes.

    What’s the oldest item you’ve
    ever sold?   

    We sold a rare set of books dated 1778 documenting George Washington and writings of the Declaration of Independence. We’ve also sold several early 19th-century paintings.

    Is the younger generation interested in purchasing antiques?    

    Antiques are defined as art with an age of 100 years or more. Vintage and mid-century are defined as 1950s through 1970s, so that means many of the items are 70 years old; that’s old by today’s standards. Vintage or mid-century items have great appeal for the younger generation. However, we often find young people seeking items that remind them of their youth.

    People would be surprised to know what, about either of you?  

    We enjoy cooking together, and David loves working in the garden.

    Which country would you like to visit?   

    Bora Bora. I love the ocean and the beach, and would love to stay in a bungalow on the water and zen out!

    The Strip District needs…?   

    A great BBQ restaurant. 

    What’s “hot” in antiques now?   

    Mid-century designs continue to trend well among young collectors. Knowledgeable buyers are often comfortable seeking well-known designers that offer value for their highly sought-after designs. Eclectic is alive and well, with designs utilizing items from all eras. We think neutrals are declining in favor of vibrant color and bold upholstery and oversized works of art and mirrors with sleek lighting.

    Do you have a favorite holiday?   

    We both love Christmas because of the decorations and the food and the opportunity to celebrate this joyous holiday with the people in your life that mean the most—family and friends.

    What do you do for fun?   

    Visit museums … shopping … exploring new destinations in our travels.

    What countries would you like to visit?   

    We both want to visit Greece, South Africa, and Russia.

    How about a favorite vacation place?   

    We both love warm climates. So, a Caribbean island, Mexico, or any beach destination with Pina Coladas!

    And a favorite city?   

    David: Rome. I love the history, architecture, food, and fashions of Rome.

    Mary Lee: Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Its exotic culture, history, artifacts, and amazing food and shopping capture my heart.

    Thank you!

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