Posted: Fri, 2016-07-22 12:15


When I was a kid, my mom would always have HGTV on in the background as she worked. I am 22 now, my mom no longer owns a TV and channels like HGTV now have a lot of competition with websites and blogs dedicated to homes and design (like Houzz). There are thousands of aspiring Martha Stewarts and Nate Berkuses on Facebook and Instagram... Read more

Posted: Thu, 2016-05-26 17:27

Industrialization and urbanization in the 18th & 19th century created fortunes for merchants involved in trade and manufacture. As cities grew land became more dense people were crammed into smaller accommodations so demand increased for small and flexible pieces of furniture that could be easily moved. Game and Tea tables were particularly... Read more

Posted: Fri, 2016-04-22 12:44

The past couple of weeks we have been visited & contacted by some of our most reliable international dealers / buyers. A common theme emerges along with a few surprises. After 30 years of hearing about how nice a piece would look properly restored (an impossibility on the West Coast as far as they are concerned) now our dealer clients... Read more

Posted: Thu, 2015-11-12 13:54

Tennessee Williams played an important role in 20th century thought, writing and entertainment. Recently we stumbled across a copy of a Roman bronze antique statue that he wrote about and actually considered it his best writing. The original bronze was discovered in Pompeii about 1860. It is probably a statue of the god Dionysus or Bacchus as a... Read more

Posted: Sat, 2015-09-26 14:14

I love the much attributed and repeated quote that ones home is never done but is a work in progress. Coco Chanel, Brooke Astor, Sister Parish are just a few that have been credited with saying this. For everyone's sake I thought I might refine the quote. A painting might be moved or replaced. Upholstery might be changed. A collection... Read more

Posted: Fri, 2015-08-07 13:56

The last 10 years have seen a dramatic shift in the market for antiques. Economic forces and changing styles (fashion) have changed the landscape. Prices that went steadily up for decades came down. If you are a contrarian, now is the moment to think about collecting. The shelter magazines are showing color and antiques again. Taste and fashion... Read more

Posted: Tue, 2015-06-09 13:51

I had spent most of 1988 wandering around the world. Several of these months were spent in mainland China. The industry and determination was unlike anything I had seen before. I believed China would want their antiques back and be glad to pay. In 1989 I came to live in San Francisco and work for an English antiques dealer that also sold Asian... Read more

Posted: Fri, 2015-05-22 09:52

From the moment I first started collecting I wanted to know how to tell if something was old or not. Most dealers are in no rush to help create competitors, so their answers tended to be vague at best. I can't recall who gifted me this insight, but the idea that an old and wonderful object posses a "lively surface" has been more than a little... Read more

Posted: Tue, 2015-05-12 11:03

I thought I would write a little bit about some wonderful collections and collectors. I think we are hard wired to collect. Its probably a leftover from that hunter-gatherer instinct. Collections are generally open-ended and driven by the joy of discovery. A friend of mine has spent most of his life collecting 19th century American sterling... Read more

Posted: Tue, 2015-05-05 09:24

I didn’t grow up with antiques. By the time I left home, I was older than anything in it. When I finally got a decent job after graduating from college, I could actually afford my own studio apartment and replace the sleeping bag on the floor with real furniture. That’s when I discovered Marin City Flea market, a sprawling field of grit and... Read more