Asian Antiques, Seattle, Washington
Concierge.com's insider take:
Seattle is a port town, the end point for cargo ships chugging their way across the Pacific from Asia, so it's a prime spot to pick up antiques and other treasures from the Far East. Your first stop should be Honeychurch, an insider's source for high-quality Asian antiques dating from the fifth millennium B.C. up to the first half of the 20th century. Among the items on display are 18th-century Japanese furniture, Han Dynasty burial figures from China, and 14th-century Vietnamese porcelain discovered in an early shipwreck (411 Westlake Ave. N.; 206-622-1225; www.honeychurch.com). Down the road is its warehouse, the 18,000-square-foot Glenn Richards. Prices are generally less steep here, as there are fewer rare items and more contemporary designs, as well as garden objects and newer architectural elements from India and the Philippines (964 Denny Way; 206-287-1877; www.glennrichards.com). The serious (read: deep-pocketed) collector shouldn't miss Kagedo Japanese Art, where exquisite works by Japanese modern masters—lacquered stationery boxes, woven bamboo baskets, and intricately carved okimono (small bronze, ivory, or wooden sculptures)—shine within museumlike glass displays (520 First Ave. S.; 206-467-9077; www.kagedo.com).