Buying and shipping antiques in Argentina for the past 13 years Salvage Europe has filled over two hundred and fifty 40' ft containers packed full of architectural antiques. We previously operated an extremely successful wholesale warehouse in Australia supplying antique stores, auctions, and designers with a countless number of treasures each year.
Our US office has taken many American’s on personal buying trips and to further enhance our clients buying experience our focus has shifted to offering personalized tailored trips which include other activities that clients are interested in experiencing throughout Argentina such as fly fishing and winery tours.
The buying trip allows you fill your own container with antiques that you hand pick! We take care of all the details including logistics and accommodation, you just land and shop.
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We will collect you at the Buenos Aires airport, you will stay at a fabulous hotel, with everything organized and ready to shop such as visas, food, currency exchange and pre-arranged visits to trusted local dealers.
We will arrange the pickup and transportation of your antiques to our central warehouse, arrange for you the loading of the container, logistics, Argentine customs and permits and shipping to your doorstep. Spend your time enjoying an exciting buying trip, We look after everything else for you!
We will spend 3-4 days staying in superb accommodation, enjoying eating the local food, tasting the Argentine wine and relaxing in the Argentine hospitality while buying from the sources we have discovered during the past 13 years in Argentina.
We can even arrange a few extra days in Argentina after the buying is finished for other activities such as fly fishing in Patagonia, Wine Tours in Mendoza, High Goals Polo matches, the tour is completely tailored to your interests.
Arriving in Buenos Aires is like jumping aboard a moving train. Outside the taxi window, a blurred mosaic of a modern metropolis whizzes by, and then the street life appears – the cafes, the purple jacaranda flowers draped over the sidewalks (in spring!), and porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) in stylish clothing, walking purposefully past handsome early-20th-century stone facades. And it’s not just Buenos Aires that’s a stunner – Córdoba, Salta, Mendoza and Bariloche each have their unique personalities and unforgettable attractions, so don't miss them.
Why Argentina is such a hidden gem for buying antiques
The Belle Époque or La Belle Époque (French pronunciation "Beautiful Era") was a period of Western European history. It is conventionally dated from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the outbreak of World War I in around 1914. Occurring during the era of the French Third Republic (beginning 1870), it was a period characterized by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity and technological, scientific and cultural innovations. In the climate of the period, especially in Paris, the arts flourished. Many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition. The Belle Époque was named, in retrospect, when it began to be considered a "golden age” in contrast to the horrors of World War I.
Between 1857 and 1946 Argentina received 239,503 French immigrants. French immigration has left a significant mark on Argentina, with a notable influence on the arts, culture, science and society of the country. In particular, many emblematic buildings in cities like Buenos Aires, Rosario, and Córdoba were built following French Beaux Arts and neoclassical styles, such as the Argentine National Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral, or the Central Bank building. In particular, landscape architect Carlos Thays, in his position as 1891 Director of Parks and Walkways, is largely responsible for planting thousands of trees, creating the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden and giving the city much of its parks and plazas that are sometimes compared to similar designs in Paris. The city of Buenos Aires was stamped by French influence, French literature and language.
In the 1920’s Argentina was wealthy and influential and much of that wealth was directed to France for the purchase of the finest quality glass and furniture.
For more than 15 years now, Argentina has been a recognized paradise for collectors, dealers and auctioneers. The uniqueness of this paradise lays on the fact that it opened its doors to the world. Featuring a truly appealing quality and quantity of items within its market of all sorts of collectibles ranging from Modern Art to Classical sculpturing, Argentina has become the place for art, antiques, collectibles, design and fashion.
Buenos Aires is a fantastic place to buy extraordinary antiques, vintage items and collectibles. There are several reasons why Buenos Aires has so many interesting antiques. The first of them is quite simple. Back in the mid 1800s, when thousands of hundreds of immigrants came to this southern country seeing a better life and opportunities they brought some of their most precious possessions with them. The need of money or the lack of inheritances fed the flow of vintage and valuable items such as paintings, scholar items, furniture, and several other valuable objects.
During Argentina's golden years, back in the late 1800s early 20th century, a solid social group involved in field related business got very wealthy thanks to great investments and financial turns. This upcoming class wanted to support their richness with a solid cultural background and social status. They then invested a good deal of their new profits in art, antiques, and collectibles of extremely high standards from all over the world, especially from Europe. This was the first inputs of great antiques that Argentina received early in the 20th century. The flow of outstanding objects never stopped. Argentina’s highest class, the wealthiest portion of society has always looked upon Europe as a role model in terms of living standards and style. An interesting fact is that a good part of their children were brought up in British bilingual schools, and in several cases, the refined language spoken at home was English. From the marble in their bathrooms to the sculptures in their gardens, to their clothing and books, most of this social group's belongings were exquisite foreign items.
In historical terms we can point out two different moments within the antique market's situation. The first one can be dated in the early 80s, after the military dictatorship during Alfonsin's government the country went through a very complicated inflationary process. During this time many families who were no longer in so comfortable economic situations had to get rid of their most precious belongings. This was one of the highest points within the antique market in Buenos Aires, were some of the finest antiques could be acquired in BA for very reasonable prices.
The second most important turn within this market took place recently. When Carlos Menem and Domingo Cavallo's economic policy one on one (1 peso- 1 dollar) collapsed, once again, the antiques market grew at an extraordinary rate, this time, with an additive, the exchange rate 3 pesos to 1 dollar has made this turn much more appealing to the international antiques' consumers. The intense growth within this field has not been merely in terms of quantity. In terms of quality, Argentinean Antiquarians have set a new tone to this market, for it's not just a matter of objects -very beautiful and antique objects- but a matter of cultural and social patrimony.
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