Gabriele Prödl-Posch, Hermi and Franz Posch and team
We have been dedicated dealers in fine antiques for over 40 years and have acquired a reputation as experts in our specializations of rustic and farmhouse furniture from the 17th to the 19th centuries, sculpture and folk art. We carry out restoration work in our own workshop and display fine antiques in 1,000m² of exquisite showrooms.
It is a constant joy for me to be surrounded by beautiful objects, to discover, preserve and work on these and ultimately pass them on to people with a deep feeling and relationship for them, with whom I can share my pleasure in antique rustic furniture.
In the course of my practical and theoretical training and after graduating in business studies at the University of Graz I went to New York in the mid-1990s. I spent two very influential years of my life in this city. It was here that I worked for one of the most prominent New York antiques dealers specializing in Biedermeier furnishings, in shops in Soho, Greenwich Village and at the auctioneers Christies in their European Furniture department. I entered a new antiques market world here. The quality of the antiques and the professionalism of the work were both staggering. Being a part of all this was a wonderful experience. During this period I attended seminars and courses in the history of art and art dealing at New York University and carried out research at New York Library and in the libraries of various private institutions.
I love my daily working routine as an independent antiques dealer; it is a life of extraordinary experience and constant diversity. Despite the small scale of our company the possibility is always open for us to do something truly great – and to be active on the international scene, both in sales and in purchasing.
Together with my team I work continuously on the quality of the antiques we are able to offer and on their restoration. My parents have an invaluable pool of experience in the field, and they have always supported me with the greatest commitment.
The location where we work is the community of Birkfeld in Eastern Styria. Our company is a part of the attractive building ensemble that forms the main square of the town. We occupy an expanded old farmhouse built around a square courtyard with numerous building extensions dating from different centuries. The countless rooms at our disposal provide an ideal architectural setting for our antiques. Our base is a building full of surprises. I can always rely on having plentiful and almost unlimited resources to draw on in our warehouse, workshops and showrooms.
The great sense of pleasure I experience from beautiful old farmhouse furniture and from fine antiques in general is constantly renewed whenever I walk through these rooms moving among items of wonderful variety and quality that have come down to us through many centuries. I am moved each time by the utterly unique and thoroughly expressive presence of these fine objects. And I am always impressed by how superbly well the rooms serve the purpose of presentation. We have rooms with barrel ceilings, deep wall niches and finely tiled floors, and generously dimensioned old town house chambers with their double doors and parquet flooring, or again areas with practical whitewashed walls and cement floors. Whatever the dominant spatial atmosphere, each of our antique pieces is naturally at home in the setting and always surprises with its adaptability.
This is a place of inspiration for me, and sometimes a place of pure magic.