Copenhagen Buying Trip March 2007
Monday train to Jutland, about 3 hours away for 2 appointments. 9am first appointment, picked up and greeted by a jumping dog, Balin, very cute who proceeds to take up residence on my lap on the way to the warehouse.
Start having a look around, but with little success, too expensive and not great quality, spend about 2 hours going through the place, find a piece that a Brisbane client has been after for a while, so visit has been worth it, a great quality Berg Mogenson cabinet and bookcase in oak.
Also located a stunning Kai Kristiansen desk which I have coveted for ages, as well as other Wegner chairs a client in Brisbane has been after for a while.
I then go through about 100 dining tables to find the ones that I’m after and sit down and hammer out a deal for the 50 dining tables and 250 dining chairs I have chosen. I then go about photographing and cataloging these for our clients to see.
By the time I'm finished my fingers are numb as are my feet, and its snowing through the roof, but I’ m still having fun, even if I cant feel it. I find a couple of nice pieces of rosewood to add to my personal collection, a beautiful rosewood letter opener and little Haslev side table a client in Sydney has been after for a while. The dealer mentions I was in luck and if I was happy to pay for the cab rides (not cheap), there was a couple of big indoor flea markets that were finishing around 5pm, so we might find some bargains, and it will be fun anyway.
The first one is a basketball arena, full of stalls, he has a great eye and within minute is pointing out vintage Holmegaard and Quistgaard pieces, and the fun begins.
We meet up with another guy I have been trying to get a hold of for while. He is old and very grumpy!!!! It turns out he has the largest collection of teak and rosewood figurines I have ever seen, none of which he wants to sell! There are a few old guys like this who have small basement shops, where you can’t see anything, it’s stacked up so high. You can barley get into these shops and whenever you ask for a price you get a 10 minute lecture about the piece. I feel eventually one day, one of them will probably turn around and say; “I’ll sell you the whole shop”. It’s a dream, I can only imagine the things you would end up with!!!
Anyway the one thing I wanted was a pair of rare Wegner sofas I had seen through the window the day before, but an American had beat me to it, oh well.