From Germany to Belgium to the picturesque college town of Cambridge, Massachusetts, one thing has remained a constant for the globetrotting Silke Berlinghof: a love of history-rich European furniture that was fostered in her in childhood by her own antiquarian father. Here, the fourth-generation dealer and The Highboy storefront owner shares her family history, her favorite finds, and what collectors are looking for all over world.
When did your fascination with antiques begin?
It started when I was born! My grandmother had a shop in Heidelberg, Germany, which she had taken over from her father, and my own father and uncle had gotten involved from a young age, too. Some of the first things I remember drawing when I was a kid were wonderful Baroque case pieces. I was always looking at the form and decoration of furniture and doing my best to translate them in my drawings….