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Canada Takes Its Place on 1stdibs.com

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.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009 by Chris
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2 Comments For This Post

  1. LisaHunter Says:

    I don’t know what the market is for antiques in Toronto, but the Montreal dealers are really hurting. Many have gone out of business, and a major antiques center shut down. The problem is that young stylish Montrealers don’t seem to want anything older than about 1950, and yet there’s a huge inventory of 18th and 19th century antiques. 1st Dibs may be the only way the antique dealers can find enough customers.

  2. Chris Says:

    Thanks Lisa, I agree. And with the news this week that Ritchies Auctioneers is out of business, it looks as if the antiques trade has suffered yet another blow. I have no doubt that the pendulum will swing back again when this mid-century modern obsession runs its course but in the mean time there will be blood.

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