Christmas in July! Our Latest Container Has Arrived

July 13th, 2009 | posted by Bill Rau

A fantastic inlaid and bronze mounted table by French ebeniste Charles-Guillaume Diehl

It’s always an exciting day for us when our container finally arrives from Europe…it’s like Christmas in July! The 40-foot container arrived last week and our entire staff gathered at the gallery just before dawn to begin the task of unloading the treasures from the truck. Just arriving in the French Quarter in the early morning light is magical…a light fog usually hangs over Jackson Square and all is quiet. You can almost imagine that you’ve stepped back in time…until you reach the gallery where it’s organized chaos as we all scramble to unpack (very carefully) literally dozens and dozens of boxes. The fun part is that you never know what each box might hold…you just know it will be something extraordinary and special.

We’re now busy photographing and preparing the pieces to go on our website, so please keep checking back with us. We’ll be adding pieces daily. The fasted way to see our latest pieces is to visit the Recent Acquisitions section of our site where you’ll find the latest gallery additions. Click on “Recent Acquisitions” on the navigation bar at the top of any web page on the site.

There were so many great things on the container, it would be difficult to list them all, but a few of the highlights are:

• A fantastic Charles-Guillaume Diehl center table, beautifully embellished and in superb condition;
• An amazing German Maximillian Field Armour for both man and horse, complete with saddle and all mounted on a modern life-size model of a horse and rider;
• A superb old Sheffield silver epergne with a stag hunt motif;
• A fine George I walnut bureau cabinet of the highest order.

These are just four of the many, many wonderful pieces we’ve received. If you would like more information about the container, please call us toll free at 866-349-0705 and one of our sales consultants will be happy to discuss any of the pieces that you may find interesting.

We thought we’d have a little fun with the container, so we’ve posed one simple (o.k. not so simple) question to our sales team: What is your favorite piece from the container and why? With so many great things to choose from, it is a rather tough question. We hope you enjoy their answers. Stay tuned…you can read the answers in their individual blogs which they will be posting in the next couple of days. We’d like to hear your stories as well. Do have a story about a special piece you uncovered on a trip or on when you were out antiquing? We’d love to hear it! Send them to us at or just respond to one of the blogs.