August 8, 2011

From the Land of Oz

A 1950s cement Scottie holding a ball

On the cusp of celebrating their 30th anniversary, The Country Trader, founded by Geoff Clark, has set the bar high for antiques shopping in Sydney, Australia. He stocks a wide range of styles, but French pieces are a particular specialty. The shop also offers prop rentals to film studios, so a number of items are sprinked with a dusting of Hollywood history, having been borrowed for films like Oscar & Lucinda, Moulin Rouge, and (collective sigh) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

An early-20th century child's car made from packing boxes and period pram wheels
A collection of 19th-century German pewter
A 19th-century plaster urn with mythological creatures
A 17th-century English oak wardrobe

Heading to Sydney and looking for a place to stay? Check out The Country Trader's Darlinghurst guest apartments, furnishished with items from their showroom. Rates start at about $200/night.

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