From a comprehensive ten day multicity tour to a brief week end shopping in Tuscany, I can tailor your trip to your needs. Whether you are an Interior Designer travelling with a client, an Antique dealer looking for specific items or simply someone with a passion for antiques and Italy, let me help you with your project.
With many years of experience, both in the shipping and guided tour business, coupled with indepth knowledge of Italy obtained over many years working for the Italian tourist board, I can provide you and your clients with a level of service that is second to none. Having worked in the world of international shipping for nearly ten years, specialising in antiques and fine art, gives me an edge over other tour guides.
I can offer expert advice on detailed import and export legislations such as CITES certificates and Italian BELLE ARTI export requirements. I can also give you an idea of costs for individual items as we go along, including the best way to pack an item, whether it would require a crate or whether a simple export wrap and pack would suffice.
I have “men on the ground” in most areas of the country. I have chosen them based on their knowledge not only of antiques and fine art but also of the local area. The world of antiques is forever evolving and, thanks to them, I am constantly updated on new places to visit, up and coming antique shops, little local street markets and of course, “off the tourist trail” restaurants offering the best that Italian local cuisine has to offer. Italian food (and wine) is probably the best in the world, but of course, I am biased!
Before we start the tour I will work closely with you to ascertain which areas and shops would be best suited. Also, based on your budget, I can recommend local hotels and arrange car hire and travel arrangements.
I can put you in touch with a reputable international transporter if you don’t have your own preferred shipper.
Once we have decided who to ship with I will arm myself of all necessary documents, including purchase orders, stickers, tie on labels and, if possible, a client account cheque book.
You will need to transfer necessary funds into the shipper’s account prior to the tour to cover anticipated purchases. They will in turn pay the supplier upon collection of your goods.
During the tour we will register each acquisition on the purchase order book and we will sticker and give an inventory number to each item.
Once the buying trip is complete I will personally deliver copies of all the purchase orders to your chosen shipper. I will then liaise directly with them and keep you updated on the collection progress. Please bear in mind that it can take up to two or three weeks for all the items to be collected and transported safely back to the shipper’s warehouse, possibly more if a piece requires special certificates/licences.
For those of you looking for specific items which do not warrant a trip over to Italy/Europe I can also offer you a buying service. Based on your request I can source” hard to find” or specific antiques and works of art. Again, using my network of contacts (who are all experts in the world of antiques and fine art) I can source you individual items for your store/client. Thanks to the internet and email I will provide you with photographs and condition reports of objects which may be of interest to you together with price. If the item is what you are looking for I will work on the cost for shipping, including packing, crating, air/sea freight and custom’s documentation. If it is acceptable then I will go ahead and arrange for the purchases to be delivered directly to your door or chosen airport/port. It goes without saying that all the items will be guaranteed to be original antiques, as described and not reproductions.
I am also available to accompany you around England and provide you with the same level of service offered in Italy. After all, this is where I started.
There are many buying opportunities in the UK. From the upmarket shops in London’s Pimlico Road to the Gas Works in Chelsea. To the many querky shops in London’s Lillie Road and the world famous Portobello Market.
Venture up north and visit pretty Stow-on-The-Wold with it’s many antique shops or why not pop into Spencer Swaffer, the renowned dealers dealer in Arundel and take in the many shops that Petworth has to offer on the way.
For those of you that like to get up early in the morning you have the markets of Kempton, Ardingly and the vast, windswept Newark fair. Not to mention Swinderby, Shepton Mallet and the rest.