The Best For Last

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Searching markets and antique shops throughout Europe for unique yet stylish one of a kind items for my clients can be daunting.  Sorting through a lot of mediocre and even trashy collectables sometimes feels like looking for a needle in a haystack. At these moments I can’t help but think of the expression “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.  However, in this case it feels more like one man’s treasures is another man’ trash and I am the other man.

However, just as I am at my last straw, I usually stumble upon a dealer that makes the quest worthwhile. It is like a pot of gold at the end of a path with all the things I have been looking for days.  After years of doing this I can tell I have hit the jackpot from the minute I first walk in the door.  More than that it, it is like a bright light at the end of a dreary path.. an inspiration … inspiration to take home and inspiration to keep searching for more.  This  series of images of a dealers place in Italy represents a pictorial progression of that experience.

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France circa 1890 Pair of industrial shelves, metal frames with wood plank shelving. (AZ22) has a single wooden drawer. (AZ23) is an open shelving system.

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Italy circa 1840 a painted torchere lamp (AZ167A)Picture 10

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Italy circa 1930 squared metal table on tapering pedestal base (AS79), France circa 1850 oak and iron railed stairs (Ay138)

AW238header-5France circa 1950 pair of painted metal sphere sculptures (AW238)

Picture 16AY233b62Italy circa 1880 large walnut armoire (AY233), France circa 1860 painted commode with marble top (B62)

header-7header-8France circa 1890 bleach wood X-Leg table (AY500), France circa1860 cherry wood bench (AW1)

Image from World Of Interiors March 2014 

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