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The Original American Picker in The Far East
Before the collective passion for Asian antiques and art became an international phenomenon in the 21st century, there were few American pickers in the Far East. One, Stephen “Steve” Gano, the founder of Far Eastern Arts & Antiques in New York City and Yonkers, was a visionary.
Mr. Gano acquired a love for Asian culture and an appreciation for the arts and ritual antiques during a military tour of duty. Stationed in Thailand, he collected items of beauty and shipped them back to New York, where an aunt ran a Greenwich Village antiques shop. As Mr. Gano became more and more familiar with the Asian cultures, his interest in indigenous art and ritual items grew.
Over the years, Mr. Gano has made more than eighty trips East, visiting remote villages of India, Indonesia, China, Japan and Thailand. He became proficient in Thai and Japanese, skills helpful in building long lasting relationships with agents and shipping expediters.
Today, Steve Gano’s acquisitions form the foundation of one of the largest Asian art collections on the East Coast. With the help of his cousin & partner Randolph Rose, Far Eastern Antiques has become a highly respected gallery that boasts more than 100,000 specialty items. Many of them are still uncrated, decades after their acquisition.
The gallery, which was open to the trade only for many years, now invites the public. Its offerings include both antiques for the collector and decorative antiques & home furnishings for homeowners and designers. Its inventory includes an eclectic mix of cabinets, tables, seating, porcelains, panels and screens and sculptures and antiques.
According to Austin Rose, the third generation antiquarian, the gallery has arranged donations to such respected collections as the Brooklyn Museum. It has guided the collectibles and purchases of celebrities and politicians. Far Eastern is also a resource for many well-known gallerists and international dealers.
In the late 1980’s Far Eastern expanded to Yonkers, NY in Westchester County to house their growing collection. The owners opened a warehouse in an historic building – The Alexander Smith Carpet Mills, which was built in 1881. The warehouse, about thirty- minutes north of midtown Manhattan, has five floors containing possibly the largest collection of Asian antiques, art, furniture & accessories in the United States.
Like Mr. Gano, the current proprietors – Randolph Rose & his three sons, are firm believers in building lasting relationships. Along those lines, they offer complimentary transportation from Manhattan to the Yonkers facility.
Far Eastern Antiques in NYC is a short taxi ride from midtown to Greenwich Village. The address is 799 Broadway (at 11th Street). The Yonkers warehouse is located at 500 Nepperhan Avenue.
Complimentary transportation can be arranged by calling 914-423-2047