Art: Tables Turned

Rich Americans used to be among the best customers for Europe's antiques. They bought the Old World's treasures to furnish mansions on the Hudson or castles in California, and a smart dealer could turn an easy 100% profit by buying at bargain prices in Europe, selling for what the traffic would bear in the U.S. But in recent years, the antique tables have been turned. Fine antiques generally are now more expensive in Europe than in the U.S., and some old pieces are being bought cheaply in New York for shipment back to Europe. Items:

¶ In London, a Louis XVI fall-front...

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