MICHAEL CAPO is a New York City based third-generation art and antiques dealer and has over forty years of experience in the acquisition, sale and appraisal of fine antique furniture, paintings, silver, jewelry and decorative art. His thousands of clients over the years have included private collectors, dealers, design professionals, bank executors, estate attorneys, museum executives and jewelers.
In addition to learning the business while working with his father for many years in their very successful Capo D’acqua Antiques shop in Manhattan, Michael also built up very impressive credentials, both in education and business. He earned a Bachelor of Art History from New York University and also studied at Oxford University in England. Michael later studied at The Gemological Institute of America, nationally renowned for the identification of fine gemstones and diamond grading.
Michael also served as a past officer and Executive Board Member of the Appraisers Association of America and is, of course, a licensed auctioneer. Executives of major international auction houses such as Christies, Bonham’s, Sotheby’s and Doyle, along with many others, recommend Michael as an appraiser of fine art and antiques. Michael has also done appraisal work for The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, The New York Stock Exchange, The Brooklyn Museum, The Chrysler Museum and The Waterloo Foundation for the Arts.
In addition, Michael was asked to do appraisals for The White House during the Reagan Administration, even helping to determine the value of a "signer's" chair that was used in the signing of The Declaration of Independence. He has appeared frequently, as an appraiser, on the Metro T.V. Antiques Show and has been asked to speak at numerous major events across the United States. Over the years, Michael has also taught at Pace University and as adjunct professor at both New York University and The
During all his years of studying and working in the field of fine art and antiques, Michael learned the value of developing good relationships with his clientele. Whether he was buying or selling, the clients’ needs and privacy has always come first. His values and personal attention allows Michael to work with very high-profile collectors and other dealers as well as well-renowned people in politics, financial services, fashion, real estate, entertainment, and the art world.
In New York City, Michael has become the “go to” person for fine art, antiques, collectibles, etc. for many celebrities including Rudolf Nureyev, Lauren Bacall, Madonna, Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, designer Norma Kamali, Ellen Barkin, Famke Janssen, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy and Paz de la Huerta.