I’m on holiday this week but I couldn’t let news like this slide by without a mention: 1stdibs.com, that international bastion of all things costly and fine, has added a passel of Canadian dealers from Toronto and Montreal, many of which have been featured on styleNorth.
On the one hand, it’s great to see Canada standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in the world; one the other hand, I think the move bodes ill for those of us accustomed to paying depressed Canadian prices. I’ve often heard dealers moan that their goods would command higher fees in the U.S. and now they have a chance of actually reaching those heights.
I’m not naive enough to think that the prices posted on 1stdibs are the prices that are finally realized; a certain amount of negotiation is built into the business model. Still, if a dealer thinks he or she can see a higher return online, they’ll certainly hold out for an international buyer.
New to 1stdibs this week are Toronto’s Navarro Gallery, Kantelberg Antiques, Fifty One Antiques, The Paisley Shop, Decorum Decorative Finds, Five-O-Seven Antiques and Mississauga’s Rumi Antiques; from Montreal come the fabulous Milord and Grand Central. I don’t imagine that inclusion on 1stdibs comes cheaply so only time will tell whether the future brings more or fewer Canadian entrants. In the meantime, it really is nice to see Canada take a turn in the international decorative arts spotlight.