After nearly a decade of experience dealing in antiques on Madison Avenue, Nicholas Brawer opened his current gallery in 2008, located in a neo-French Renaissance townhouse at 28 East 72nd Street at Madison Avenue. Described by Departures Magazine as a “jewel box of a space,” Nicholas selects only pieces of the most impeccable quality, specializing in industrial antiques and sporting works of art.
Departures characterized the gallery’s aesthetic as having a “distinctly masculine - if not macho - vibe and an evocative, almost poetic, quality.” Some of the industrial antiques on view include a giant set of brilliantly polished, WWII-era battleship binoculars, a rocket-powered ejection seat from an RAF Nuclear Bomber, a table formed from the pistons of a WWII-era fighter, an eight foot long working model of a Korean War-era machine gun, and a desk formed from the horizontal stabilizers of an English Electric Lightning Supersonic jet fighter from the early 1960s. “My criteria are provenance, condition and presence,” Nicholas told The New York Times. “Each piece must be the best of its type.”
His pieces have been acquired by some of the world’s leading architects, designers and private collectors and grace some of the finest private homes, jets, and yachts around the world. Nicholas Brawer has been featured in numerous international publications, including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, SuperYacht World, and Knotika in Dubai.
An American graduate of Columbia University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Nicholas worked as a researcher at the Victoria and Albert Museum and as a research curator at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum in Bristol, England, before joining Sotheby’s in New York, where he worked as a specialist in the Department of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture.
Nicholas is the author of British Campaign Furniture: Elegance Under Canvas 1740-1914 (Harry N. Abrams, 2001), which was described as both “fascinating” and “erudite” by Art & Auction and as “a rare animal - a scholarly treatise that's also fun to read” by The Washington Post. Nicholas also curated the world's first exhibition of British Campaign Furniture at the Katonah Museum of Art in 2001, and is the author of the accompanying catalogue, Britain's Portable Empire: Campaign Furniture of the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Eras. He has published a number of articles on campaign furniture and decorative arts in The Magazine Antiques and has lectured internationally on the subject at such venues as New York University, the University of Wisconsin, the Bard Graduate Center, Sotheby’s, Butterfield’s, and the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair in London.