Magazine article Sunset

Stalking Antiques in Salt Lake City

Magazine article Sunset

Stalking Antiques in Salt Lake City

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Hunting antiques is one of my farorite sports. My stalking ground in Salt Lake City is a two- by eight-block stretch of downtown just south of Temple Square. There are roughly two dozen antiques shops in this district. In an afternoon pursuit, I can bag anything from mission- or French-style furniture to antique toys.

As a collector of books on national parks and Western discovery, I stop first at Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 South 200 East). There, in a back room doubling as a literary archive, I discover works by some of the 19th century's preeminent Western explorers, from Ferdinand Hayden to John Wesley Powell.

I hunt on. Two blocks east of Sanders stands Anthony's Antiques (401 East 200 South), where I find exquisite 18th- and 19th-century French furniture and some surprises: A massive papal throne roughly 300 years old is being restored downstairs; upstairs, workers unfurl a glorious 17th-century Flemish tapestry.

Several blocks west, I pore over American and European furniture, glass, and porcelain at R. …

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