European and Asian antiques and fine bench made replicas. With an incomparable operation that both finds and restores antique furniture, objects, and art from all over the world and ships them directly to its clients, Van Thiel & Co. is the only comprehensive source of its kind for those unique “icing on the cake” items sought by home furnishing stores and interior designers.
In 1969 Rudy Van Thiel Sr. opened his first antique store in Delft, Holland. Today, almost 40 years later, he and his son, Rudy Jr., run one of the world’s largest sources for decorative antiques, vintage furniture and one–of-a-kind items. During their years of constant travel around the world, father and son have developed a very rare expertise in buying at small auctions, local markets and from back street sources – cutting out every middle man.
Over time the van Thiel’s have carefully fine tuned all areas of their business. Years have been spent developing a private network of colorful people to buy clear outs and estates, training local craftsmen to authentically restore and finish European antiques, building up a data bank of photos and designs, and creating an unprecedented inventory of hardware, wood species, waxes, leathers and vintage upholstery fabrics. In support of this buying and restoration capability, the van Thiel’s have acquired special import licenses, developed custom software, acquired and organized tens of thousands of square feet of storage space and opened consolidation warehouses in Hungary, England, France, Holland, India, Egypt and Indonesia from which containers are shipped to their central restoration facility in Beijing, China.
The Van Thiel’s believe in personal relationships and have created a selected network of retail customers, designers and distributors in the USA and Europe. They believe that a good relationship is based on service and quality which explains why they are probably the only antique dealer that has been ISO 9001 certified.