Collections of lifetime fill rooms in new gallery

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March 01, 1992|By LINDA LOWE MORRIS

Looking around Charles Street Art and Antiques, a new gallery on Charles just north of Mount Vernon Place, you see room after room that reminds you of an amazing museum or a wonderful salon in Paris. Yet what you're really seeing is the triumph of love, the love that a small child growing up in Brooklyn had for art.

"I came from a very tough Irish-Italian neighborhood," says the gallery's owner, Patricia Bonacorda. "Most children who grew up there never went out of that neighborhood. Except me. I learned to ride the subway when I was 9 years old.

"We didn't have one painting in my house. But every Sunday I would go to the Brooklyn Museum, and it was almost like a haven for me."

She has filled her gallery, which is managed by Casey Burrell, with the legacy of a lifetime of collecting: art deco furniture, prints, American and European antiques, folk art, rugs and paintings -- primarily by American artists -- from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

"There's so much upheaval in this world, and the first thing that goes when there are bad times is art," she says. "But you can't really live without art. That should be the first thing taught to children."

Charles Street Art and Antiques is at 819 N. Charles St. The hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and noon to 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The telephone number (410) 576-9611.

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