Fine Antiques Since 1966




Betty Gaines Antiques started in 1966 when Betty Gaines opened a shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She soon began specializing in fine 18th century to early 20th century oriental, English and European porcelain, pottery and faience, and began a series of buying trips to England and the continent in search of porcelains, jewelry and objets d'art. Later she moved her shop to Alexandria, Virginia, where from 1977 to 1991 she continued to enjoy a reputation in this area as a leading authority and specialist in the importation and sale of collector pieces of Chinese Export porcelain: Armorial, Mandarin, Famille Rose, Famille Verte, Rose Medallion, and Rose Canton, as well as Japanese porcelain: Imari, Kakiemon, and Fukagawa. She continues to import these items today, as well as English ironstoneware (notably Masons) and ceramics from the continent, such as faience from France, and Meissen porcelain from Germany. A keen interest in exquisite 18th to early 20th century jewelry has led her to import beautiful pieces from England, France and Ireland. She has also acquired and sold many fine objets d'art through the years as a conductor of estate sales, and as a purchaser in fine arts auctions, including those at Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips' in London, at Adams Fine Arts auction in Dublin, and at Hotel Drouot in Paris. Since moving to Florida she has lectured at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia, the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, Florida, at Winter Park, Florida and at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She continues to exhibit at select antiques shows (click on shows for updates).


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