DEALER-LED EUROPEAN ANTIQUES TOUR NEARLY SOLD OUT AS GROUP GETS READY FOR THE ROAD Spring trip will trawl back-roads markets, tax-free trade sources, shops and warehouses for antiques, design and estate finds -- Space going quick.
News-Antique.com - Feb 04,2012 - IT'S "ANTIQUES ROADSHOW EUROPEAN STYLE" FOR SPRING BUYING TOUR
-- Philadelphia -- 16th Century to Midcentury, Industrial, Louis Philippe, Rustic, Czech-Deco, Art Nouveau, Modernism, Found Objects, Folk Art and much more -- everything from “Baroque to Box Lots” -- will be on tap when a small band of antiques enthusiasts, dealers, pickers and designers hit the road in Europe at the end of March.
The antiques tour, March 18-28, 2012, will be led by dealer Tom Conrad, owner of Philadelphia-based Treasures of Europe. Sourced by a bulging roladex of dealers, markets and trade sources, Conrad’s trip has grown to be an insider’s buying expedition with pull for large and small dealers, designers and collectors alike.
The March trip offers an alternative to higher-priced antiques in France, Italy, Belgium and the U.K. It focuses on fresh new sources with affordable antiques.
Prague, Leipzig and several other stops along the antiques circuit in Central Europe are included. Shoppers will have a crack at lower-price, mid-range and up-market antiques throughout the trip. Container shipping is offered in conjunction with the trip.
One reason for the trip’s allure is that the group will be veering off the beaten path and concentrating on choice parts of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and the old kingdoms of Saxony, Franconia and Bohemia, which have a long tradition of decorative arts, furniture-making, art and design.
“Few outsiders venture to Central Europe. It’s the most-overlooked antiques region on the continent -- that’s why it’s the best place to shop,” says Conrad.
The expedition is fully guided. It includes full itinerary, escort, accommodations, 10 meals, private driver and taxes.
In addition to stops in cities, the group will be visiting shops, farmsteads and warehouses in hill towns and villages in the Bohemian Highlands and eastern Germany. Dawn-to-dusk shopping at two of the largest and best antique markets in the region are also included. They are always chock-full of furniture, décor, estate goods, art, collectibles and other treasures, and they never fail to please,” says Conrad.
The March antiques tour is popular and is nearly sold out. Antiques buffs, design scouts and collectors who are interested in the trip should contact Treasures of Europe to check availability and get more information.