Firestone and Parson was founded in 1946 by Edwin I. Firestone and Kenneth B. G. Parson, Jr., at 344 Boylston Street in Boston. The firm continues to be owned and operated by the son and grandson of its founders. In 1956 the company leased premises at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Arlington street, where it remained for forty years. In 2014 Firestone and Parson moved to its present location at 30 Newbury Street.
Firestone and Parson is dedicated to high quality inventory and to thoughtful, understated presentation. The company’s interest in quality and value has led it, over the years, to expand its purchasing and sale of old jewelry, fine diamonds, colored stones, and rare antique silver, while also maintaining a full line of classic modern pieces. Recently the firm has further developed its in-house jewelry capabilities, increasing its ability to serve clients, create original designs, and execute custom orders.
Highlights in the firm’s history include record prices paid at auction for gold (a George II teapot in 1967), for Irish silver (a George II bowl engraved with a racing scene in 1973), for American silver (a Paul Revere II Coffee Pot in 2004), as well as numerous sales to major museums. Firestone and Parson has sold historic diamonds, superb colored stones, and rare signed jewels. We take great pride in the part we have played in developing significant private collections. The purchase and sale of estates and individual jewels are at the heart of the firm’s business.
The firm’s knowledgeable staff provides a full range of services related to jewelry and fine antiques, including valuations, consultation, and repairs. Firestone and Parson also has significant experience handling diverse materials outside its focus areas, and has effectively advised clients concerning their decorative arts, Americana, and fine paintings.
Firestone and Parson actively seeks to purchase fine jewelry and antiques, and will also act as a selling agent. Transactions are held in the strictest confidence and offers are backed with immediate payment. Firestone and Parson will endeavor to meet or improve on any prior bid or auction estimate. We recommend that sellers seek an independent valuation before contacting us.
For over thirty years, Polly Latham Chinese Export Porcelain has specialized in fine Chinese and Japanese Export Porcelains of the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries, as well as related decorative arts. Acquiring for discerning collectors, museum curators, designers and dealers, we offer a diverse quality collection of early Chinese blue & white, Chinese Imari, armorials, famille rose, American Market and Mandarin as well as Japanese Arita, Imari, Satsuma and Hirado. Professional appraisal services also available.