Friday, August 18, 2017


This is part 2 of my blog, "WHERE ARE THOSE BEAUTIFUL PIECES NOW? After posting part 1 I had a couple of people tell me I should escort them on buying trips for their business. Marla and I found our import buying trips to be among our most rewarding, exciting, educational, and transformative experiences of our career at Wesco Fabrics! We had to dig hard for unique resources around the globe. We had to be resourceful and buy great things our clients would love! The image above was just after we unloaded a new container; always a fun moment! Please enjoy part 2 of this creative journey with us.

This was an early showroom vignette with fabulous vintage Burmese Buddhas and manuscript chests. 

We always did very well with stone sculptures. The selection of this resource in Bali was huge were the mosquitos. There are small villages in the Bali Highlands where people have been involved with stone carving for multiple generations.

Marla was the reason I got excited about buying and selling vintage posters. We were at a winter antique fair in Strasbourg France and she bought me a cycling poster from the 1920's. I was hooked! We sold many vintage posters at our showroom primarily from France, Belgium, Italy, mostly from 1900 - 1930's. One day Marla told me I had to put my poster buying on hold for a spell as we were sitting on over $100,000 inventory!

This was the front page of a vintage poster catalog we produced.

I do know where this very large and gorgeous 1937 Kina Lillet poster by Roby's went. Our daughter decided she had to have it so it hangs on a wall of her home!

The blue finish on this Chinese side table is fabulous!

Marla and I saw this very large teak root bowl in a small Bali workshop. We had a container opening party in the warehouse and it sold the same day. The designer wanted it for herself! She said she would put orchids in it.

We shifted our focus to modern style furniture and these images tell a good story of our product assortment. Most of the woods pictured are Acacia Wood.

An early showroom postcard shows a front entry vignette. The Veuve Amiot vintage poster by Cappiello was my very favorite!

You can't find great items if you don't roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty! We had to envision what tables and chairs would look like once they were cleaned up, stained, and polished with a beeswax finish. I am really proud of Marla for being so fearless!

LOVE the finish on this Chinese cabinet.

This is a large teak bed from Madura Island near Surabaya off the coast of Java Indonesia. The island has multiple generations of ethnic Chinese who created fascinating furniture. 

Though Thailand was our prime hunting ground for fabulous Burmese, Lao, and Thai antiques, we also found incredible artisan workshops for modern furniture as well. Our agent with the stripped shirt assisted us for many years! Bob was once a monk before venturing into the import business!

I'm finalizing an order for jewelry in Bali. Our Denver showroom always featured a wonderful assortment of jewelry. We sold literally thousands of pieces in all price ranges over the years to designers and their clients!

A colorful new assortment arrives in the warehouse!

This is a Japanese Meiji Period Kaidan Tansu step chest. We sold it to a designer over 15 years ago. About 5 years ago she told us she was downsizing and asked if we would be interested in purchasing it back from her. We did and then sold it...again!

Gorgeous exotic wood furniture in our Denver warehouse!

I'm checking out a new arrival of jungle vine sculptures from Thailand.

I'm still in my "Crystal" phase! I just LOVE beautiful crystals and colorful polished minerals for accessories and furniture!

We know where this piece is heading! This 19th century Burmese Buddha Pavilion is Marla's favorite purchase EVER! We personally bought it from the company and donated it to the Denver Art Museum's Asian Art Collection. They are renovating the building so it will not go on display for 3-4 more years. We really look forward to the day it is displayed!

Images: All images by Dick Gentry

1 comment :

  1. I am so enjoying your memories. Thank you both!