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Richmond and global interior designer Robert Rentz is downsizing, and he’s offering hundreds of items from his longtime showroom and personal collections at a marvelous sale this week.
Hosted by Phoenix Estate Sales, the sale will include what they’re calling an “Ali Baba cave” of objects. It’s the company’s biggest sale ever. They have been working for a month cataloging all of the items and are expecting about 4,000 people to attend.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 21 the public is invited to shop Robert Rentz Interiors’ 15,000 square-foot, ready-packed space at 1700 W. Main St.
Rentz has shopped markets, bazaars and antique shops in Paris, Rome and Madrid for 50 years. He’s brought home pieces for his clients and himself from places as diverse as a Kurdish camp to a castle in Bavaria. We wrote about Renz's home and design sensibility in 2009. Trust us — if you like beautiful and unusual objects, you do not want to miss this sale. Descriptions and and photographs of some of the items for sale are available here.
Reflecting the scope of his travels and taste, the sale will be chock full of furniture, rugs, china, art, lighting, antiques, crystal, silver, mirrors and accessories, in styles and periods from folk art to modern.
Here’s a small tally of what to expect:
- 200 Art Deco chrome pieces
- 75 pillows
- 36 rugs
- 7 dining room tables
- 100-plus lamps and 200-plus lampshades.
- 19 candelabras
- 15 chandeliers
- 40 sconces
Robert Rentz’s collection, and this sale, is without a doubt varied. My interest’s been especially piqued by an Impressionist painting of winter in New England by George Gardner Symons (1863-1930) and a 1920s Art Deco marble top table with Whippet legs.