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How This Site Became the Go-To Marketplace for Rare and Antique Goods

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This story appears in the August 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There are treasures everywhere you look. Rare things. Exquisite things. Gloriously, decadently opulent things. Over here is a George III fireplace mantel complete with Siena marble frieze, produced circa 1670. Over there is a one-of-a-kind Italian crystal chandelier designed by the celebrated glassmaker Giulio Salviati and manufactured in Murano during the latter half of the 19th century. And be sure to take a look at Berthe Morisot’s 1894 oil painting Jeune Fille au Manteau Vert, created by the pioneering French impressionist at the peak of her fame.

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At 1stdibs headquarters in Manhattan, a 19th-century Italian plaster bust and Mark Shaw photograph for Dior, circa 1954, decorate a mahogany credenza in the manner of T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.

These lust-worthy objects are not in a museum, mega-mansion or royal palace. They’re not in an auction house catalog, either—and they’re definitely not on eBay. They’re all available for purchase on 1stdibs, the digital marketplace that is revolutionizing how antiques and luxury goods are bought and sold.

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