This Santa Fe consignment gallery offers a selection of unique art and furniture for the Southwestern home.
A thousand-year-old Mayan vase. A bronze sculpture, entitled Ranger, by Western artist Harold Holden. An ornately carved oak bishop’s chair from France. All are waiting for a new owner at Santa Fe’s only fine art and furniture consignment shop, On Canyon Road, which opened last year. “There are probably a dozen consignment shops in Santa Fe, and they take every shape and form; most of them like to stack inventory to the ceiling,” says Dan England, who owns the shop with his wife, Kate. “We don’t have any interest in doing that. We saw a need for a place to consign fine art. Our vision was to be a secondary art venue for all of the collectors in Santa Fe.”
Since it opened last year, it has quickly become the go-to for high-end collectible pieces in need of a home. On Canyon Road carries roughly 70 percent art and 30 percent furniture, England says, mostly 19th-century pieces from England, France, and Italy. Because Santa Fe is a transient market, there is frequent turnover, and a need to constantly sell and refresh the shop’s inventory, down to the vegetable-dyed, hand-knotted Persian rugs, which England knows from experience. “We have had five or six homes, and every few years we get antsy, and say, ‘Now it’s time to change. What are we going to do with all of our stuff — our art, our furniture?’ We said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to open a high-end gallery and sell fine art and fine furniture?’ ”
He and his wife split their time between Santa Fe and Georgetown, Texas, a suburb of Austin, which, like their home in Santa Fe, is filled with antiques. “Our first date was an antique auction,” England says. “This is our dream.”