Customer Comments | Art Deco Collection

Customer Comments

Art Deco represents a remarkable journey! Richard Fishman has been an expert dealer for thirty years, beginning with a small shop called “As Time Goes By” at the San Francisco Center. After successfully developing a clientele and resources based on Internet sales, the first Art Deco shop and our website were launched and the response has been outstanding.


Over the past 25 years, Art Deco has been dedicated to finding, restoring and selling fine European Art Deco furniture and decorative objects. Because our clients’ satisfaction is important, we pride ourselves on the superior quality of our merchandise and good customer relations. Our business has grown from a shop on Lake Merritt in Oakland to a second, impressive San Francisco location on Market Street.

As our business model has changed and grown over the years! We are now pleased to announce the addition of our latest location, a 7500 sq. ft. showroom and warehouse in Oakland, open by appointment only. Please call and come visit us, you will see the finest Art Deco Merchandise you are likely to see!

On line 24/7 or by appointment 510-501-4020!


True to our original vision, we have had the pleasure of assisting our clients in furnishing their homes and businesses with beautifully maintained and also restored art deco pieces. We have recently added custom-built, newly made furnishings to our line as well so you can be assured of finding exactly what you are looking for. We hope to continue providing high-quality Art Deco pieces for many years to come!


Here are some recent comments from our customers!

5 star reviews


May 16, 2023


Hello Mr. Rick and Laurie!
We just returned last evening. A week ago today was a highlight of our excursion, meeting you both and finally seeing the unspeakably marvelous treasure trove that is, Art Deco Collection!!! That’s my ultimate “candy store!” Deco Eye Candy… The best! Thanks so much for opening up the store for us and spending time with us. It was such a delight! And the icing on the deco cake was the surprise of The Marabou Lounge! OMG! You’re just too much. Cheers!

Steven and Bob

March 31, 2023


Greetings Richard,
We received the desk lamp last evening and are totally thrilled with it. This was a great experience… I greatly appreciate the time you took to answer my many questions and making the videos and the pictures really helped. It is such a beautiful vintage piece and beyond our expectations. Thanks for the quick shipping and I don’t believe I have every received an item that was more expertly packaged to arrive in perfect condition. Thanks for your personal card and it is a wonderful anniversary present. Thanks again. I posted a review and I can certainly see why you have all 5 star reviews.

Gillette, WY

January 27, 2023


Richard was EXCELLENT to deal with and provided an accurate assessment of the exceptional bar I purchased. It has become a focal point of my lounge area and I highly recommend Richard and his team

Little Rock, AR

January 27, 2023


Richard was extremely helpful and provided a lot of information while I was making my purchase decision. When the bar arrived, it was 100% as advertised. The bar was beautifully restored and will make an amazing addition to my pub room.

Leesburg, VA

December 8, 2022


The piece is so incredible. The seller showed such great respect for me and the item by packaging it so well. It arrived quickly and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you so much.

Saint Johnsbury, VT

December 8, 2022


Couldn’t be happier with the product and experience. It’s a bit intimidating purchasing a device of nearly 100 years old on-line but the seller answered all my questions and packaged it beautifully and securely. It arrived on-time and in as-advertised condition. A great show piece for music lovers.

Nashville, TN

October 24, 2022


I love the art deco clock I purchased from Richard. He was gracious and helpful in answering my questions. I hope to purchase other beautiful things from him in the future.

Carmel by the Sea

October 15, 2022


Hi Rick,
I’ve worked with individuals and dealers around the world. Art Deco Collection is the best, and I always return. Across decades, this is my first, and now last stop for anything I need.

Koue Yamaarashi
Soquel, CA

August 2, 2022


Hi Rick,
I received this item a few days ago! I was behind on opening packages and just opened it today. It’s lovely! Thank you,

Austin, TX

July 15, 2022


Hi Rick,
Absolutely gorgeous and exactly as listed! Packaged well and received with thanks!

Fort Lauderdale , FL

August 3, 2022


Hi Rick,
Just received the frame. It is even better than I anticipated. I love it! I will continue to browse your items and hope to do business again.

Indianapolis, IN

July 4, 2022


Thank you Rick and Laurie for all the gems, wisdom, and advice. You both are one of a kind and we felt so much at home visiting you in your “palace of the gods” with all the phenomenal anterooms or should I say King Tut chambers.


Nothing but the best for both of you because YOU DESERVE IT!


With admiration,


Kathy and Rick
Ogunquit, Maine

June 30, 2022


I have been a client of Rick Fishman’s since 1993. No one I’ve ever met in my extensive travels and collecting knows more about art deco, has a better eye, or more discriminating taste than Mr. Rick. He has been, for me, an irreplaceable mentor and friend. BTW, his warehouse/shop in Oakland, California has to be seen to be believed. 7500 sq. ft. of the most exquisite art deco material, all superbly lit and beautifully displayed (and polished! how does he keep his stuff so beautifully polished?). I’ve never seen the likes of Rick’s shop anywhere.


Hugs for Laurie


Robert Greenberg, Ph.D.
Oakland, California

June 27, 2022


Thanks, Richard (and apologies for the delay in my response); the package arrived a few days after you sent it out.
The statue is stunning, but the attention to detail in packaging the statue was a close second!
I look forward to purchasing from you again shortly.



Preston, Australia

June 26, 2022


Rick and his cat Lena are the ultimate authority on Art Deco interior decoration! I’ve purchased a magnificent French rosewood office suite, rattan furniture, cocktail chairs, and other gorgeous items from their shop over the years. If you wish to create a genuine 1920s-1940s ambiance in your home, Art Deco Collection should be your go-to source!



Joel Stern


June 26, 2022



The sculpture arrived today and it is magnificent!
Thank you very much for the swift purchasing process and extra, extra care with packaging. It was an absolute pleasure doing business with you


Middleton, MA


June 14, 2022



I Love your site! I’m in NYC but am addicted to art deco. I have a beautiful dining room table that I bought at auction here. I’m always looking for additional pieces. You have the best site ever. Your taste in deco is second to none.

All the best



May 3, 2022



Great service. Seller took extra steps/time to review pricing and delivery. Disassembled unit to reduce shipping costs and sent info to re-assemble.


Montreal-ouest, Canada


April 16, 2022



Very Pleased! Great communication with Seller. Item arrived quickly in Great Condition and Packed Well.


Lincoln, NE


April 1, 2022



Incredibly fast shipping! Had the chairs in less than 2 weeks from purchase. Would definitely shop from this seller again!


Atlanta, GA


March 21, 2022



Richard is terrific. He’s a pleasure to work with, has beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces, shipping is easy and he packages items very well. The best!


Brookline, MA


February 4, 2022


I can’t fathom finding two people more dedicated to their craft than Laurie and Rich. Each is a walking encyclopedia of Deco design pieces, and they are tremendously giving of their time to help you find exactly what you need.
Their sheer excitement comes through in every interaction, and their collection is of a size and caliber that I didn’t know existed on this earth.


Go here, buy things, for sure.



January 30, 2022



The item was as described and the seller communicated well, packed well, and shipped quickly. I’m very happy!


Austin, TX


December 1, 2021



The item was as described and the seller communicated well, packed well, and shipped quickly. I’m very happy!


Bardstown, KY


October 24, 2021



Great to purchase from this dealer. Super fast reply. Excellent and accurate information. Prompt shipping. Have made multiple purchases from him.


Chappel Hills, NC


March 2020



I may second guess myself on things I’ve done in my life, but I don’t think that will ever be the case with the beauty that arrived today. Simply delightful! Well packed and no problems. And thank you for the presentation literature from the SFO showing……. I shall have a conversation with the lady and gently explain that she’s left the grandeur of your shop and SF for a small farm in the Carolinas….a major change but she will be well-loved! If you happen on any literature regarding the piece, please shoot me a note as I would like to learn about the artist and this presentation. Thank you for your courtesy and I hope we can again do business. I am on the search for a few specific pieces on animalier from the same period. There is this one that has two panthers preening ……


North, Carolina


June 2019


The piece that I received exceeded my highest expectations. I truly have something substantive, beautiful, meaningful, and, for all collectors with an eye for antiques, unique. Richard is a thoughtful, fair, and sensitive seller, and the experience, along with this treasure, has enriched me in ways beyond measure; how gratifying.

James, Austin, TX


April 2019
I would certainly encourage working with this dealer. Very, very helpful above and beyond! The purchased item was even better than described. I shop frequently on 1stdibs and this experience is at the top of the list.


March 4, 2019Hi Richard, For all Deco lovers, Art Deco Collection consistently offers a great array of inventory of items large and small, all of the fine quality and singular unique Deco appeal for those with discerning taste. I’ve been doing business with Art Deco Collection for many years. Great company with high standards in acquisitions, matching their excellence in communication, pricing, and profession. Steven,
California USA


January 2019
Everything absolutely perfect. A great pleasure to buy from this seller. Excellent experience. And very fast shipping. Thank you to everyone.


June 19, 2018


Hi Richard,

I treasure the table I bought from you. It appeals to me on many levels. Of the furniture items I own, this is by far my favorite. For me, it is unsurpassed by anything else I can imagine. You can post that comment if you are inclined. I hope to be a future repeat buyer.


June 6, 2017

Hi Richard,

Another satisfied customer. The tea set has arrived safely and I’m very happy with it. Thank you for the extra plates and saucer much appreciated.
Sydney Australia


November 10, 2016

Dear Richard,

I could not be happier with the buffet, it’s beautiful. Your team did a stellar job in facilitating the pick-up. Thank you for the easy and friendly purchase of a piece I will adore for years.
Please remind me what kind of wood this is along with the name of the finish.
Looking forward to another fabulous art deco piece one of these days.
Very best regards,
Reno, NV


June 4, 2016

Dear Richard


Each and every piece is magnificent
The colors, the style, and the craftsmanship are perfect!
Thank you so much for your vision, artistry, and perfection.
You are a genius!
You are very honest, and creative and it has been a joy to work with you on this project!!
We will be contacting you soon to have you design our family room furniture.

Marcia & Jerry,

Lake Forest, IL

October 24, 2015

Dear Richard

I LOVE viewing your site, it is better than Disneyland. What excellence you create with all the details about specific pieces and their history. My “someday dream” is to have an Art Deco bungalow with furnishings from your shop and warehouse.
I remember in the 60′s staying the night in Oakland, somewhere, with a high school classmate, at her grandmothers flat. It was a treasure trove of the most exquisite Art Deco furnishings I had ever seen, thus the dream was born.
I intend to receive training and certification at the Washington DC School of Protocol in the Spring of 2016, for training as a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol advisor, thus my hunt for a complete set of silver. I will keep in touch.
July 28, 2014
I have made many purchases from Rick, directly from the San Francisco store and online. Everything was as described, and the packaging was excessively perfect, everything arrived intact. Items were shipped surprisingly fast. It’s a pleasure to scan the site, to learn more about Art Deco items. Definitely a safe site for purchases.
Harry Taylor
Vancouver, Canada
July 24, 2014
Rick Fishman’s Art Deco Collection is the affordable* source for bringing museum-quality Art Deco furniture into your home.I know, because at least 80% of our now-stunning Art Deco living room originated in Rick’s showroom!I didn’t realize how spoiled I had become by the high standard maintained by Art Deco Collection until I toured the amazing “Art Deco: 1910—1939 at the Legion of Honor” exhibit in San Francisco shortly after “the turn of the century.” As great as that show was, my wife and I left the museum thinking: nothing there was in a league above the superlative examples you’d find on any given day in the Art Deco Collection showroom.*Note: as are many attributes, “affordable” is relative!
Jim R
Oakland, California
July 17, 2013
Hi Richard,

Your web page is one of the web pages I occasionally stumble upon that makes my heart pump. I am a rather poor fellow who lives in a typical Midwest 3-bedroom house with typical Midwest furniture, a Midwest wife, two Midwest daughters, and three dogs. I have an F150 in the garage and my wife drives a Kia. Seeing your website is killing me. I will probably spend the rest of the evening and weekend fantasizing about getting an apartment in the Chrysler building and then flying out to visit you in my Lockheed Constellation and load it up with wonderful furniture for my elegant New York City apartment. If we get this restaurant open and successful, all of that will be a piece of cake. If we don’t, and it isn’t, I will tell my daughters that Daddy won’t be buying Italian sports cars for their 16th birthday (not that I would anyway). In the meantime, however, I need to find some furniture that is suitable for ordinary people I know. John Deere makes the best combines in the world but doesn’t always appreciate the specialness of a fine piece of vintage furniture. They won’t be scratching their initials in the arm of the chair but they will put their boots on the adjoining chair and tip their own chair back on its hind legs while they drink Budweiser and talk about corn futures. So, life goes on in Kansas City. I will keep an eye on your site and hope that someday I will be able to send you a check for something nice.
Kansas City

April 28, 2013
From the moment I called Art Deco Collection, and bought my first piece, to the purchase of the most recent, absolutely fantastic piece I own, Richard, and Laurie has been wonderful, knowledgeable, and fair. One doesn’t go on about the packing, but in the case of these timeless beauties being sent a distance, it’s important, and Art Deco Collections does it right…. Everything arrived intact. The Art Deco items I’ve received, have been stunning, everything the description indicated, and much more. The pictures are great, but in person, they have been a WOW. If you are looking for high-quality, unique pieces, and great customer service, I can say without hesitation, Art Deco Collection is the place to buy 1920-1940”s collectibles. I am one happy client!!!

Los Angeles

October 4, 2012
Dear Richard,

Our clock arrived today as promised and we are very very very pleased with it. The service and help we have received have been excellent and no doubt we will be visiting your website again!
Lorraine and Mike
Oxford, England

July 31, 2012
Hi Richard,

Just to confirm that the Daum acid etched vase reached me today, safe and sound. It”s a great little piece and in really beautiful condition, perfect to go with a French ceramic vase and a Danish bronze bowl that I have (both 1930s). Ironically, I wasn’t looking for such a piece but just happened upon it when browsing 1st Dibs. Anyway, it was nice doing business with you – speedy and efficient – and I’ll certainly keep an eye on your offerings from now on. Best regards,
David, Essex,
The United Kingdom.

September 21, 2011

Dear Rick

I just wanted to let you know that the Hunebelle vase arrived today. Super fast and safe delivery, I really appreciate the effort you took into making sure it is well protected for transport. The vase is simply stunning and will be a star in my Hunebelle glass collection. I want to thank you for your great communication throughout and your help in arranging delivery. I am very happy with this transaction – you are a true professional! Thank you with best greetings from Poland,

June 19, 2010
Dealing with ART DECO COLLECTION has been a joy, from initial contact to receiving the item. Being an international client, there is always some feeling of insecurity when your counterpart is so far away. Richard Fishman´s extremely correct description of the item and clear, frank, and fast communication is really what you are looking for in a situation like this. To sum it up, this purchase experience could not have been better in any way, there is not one single part of the experience that could have been better! regards,
Otter sundman
December 31, 2010
Hello Richard,

“We are excited to report the successful arrival of our consignment from your showroom. Thank you! We are especially delighted with our spectacular new channel-back lounge suite, which you custom-made for us. It is superb!” And thank you, particularly for steering everything unscathed all the way to Canberra. “Our visit to your store and, later, your showroom was a truly memorable one. We fell in love with so many items and appreciated your careful guidance and genuine passion for this incredible era of design” Now, thanks to our unforgettable chance visit (plus your continued care and attention), we have a touch of Art Deco glamour in our own home.”Thanks for everything!”
Michael and Cynthia

December 29, 2010
Hello Richard,

Holiday greetings from Canada. Just to let you know the vase arrived in order and I love it. Thank you very much for a smooth transaction and for shipping it to Canada. It is greatly appreciated. Actually, I did not have to pay any duty at all, so that’s great. Wishing you all the best in 2011 and lots of luck with your business.

Jerry S

November 8, 2010
Hi Richard

I received my coffee set today, it’s fabulous. I absolutely love it. Thank you.Kind regards
Carla Sutton,

March 27, 2010
I would like to thank you for the courteous and helpful manner in which you dealt with my purchase. I was a little apprehensive at first of buying in America and Shipping to England without having actually seen what I was buying, but I need not have worried. the Photographs you provided were excellent and the Shipment, by Federal Express, was very slick. I was even able to track progress by means of the Tracking No. right from America to Stansted Airport in the UK and on to my Home. Thank you very much once again.
Mike B.
March 11, 2010
Hello Richard

Thank you so much for the research on Max Le Verrier and apologies for my very tardy reply. We returned from San Fran and headed off to Australia the next day to settle our daughter into University and have just returned to Hong Kong a few days ago. “Clarte” has pride of place in our home and we are very much enjoying our new addition to the family. It was a pleasure to meet you and to see firsthand your incredible collection, I look forward to visiting again soon. Kind regards
Tracey and Cam
Hong Kong

December 12, 2009


November 12, 2009
Dear Richard,

I received the bar yesterday and I am delighted. It is even nicer in “person”. Thank you so much for orchestrating everything. It was so easy to buy from you (via Internet and phone) on Saturday and have it delivered on Wednesday from San Francisco to Newport Beach (SoCal). I am so glad that I check your Website regularly. I would love to do business with you again. I hope that you have a great time in Argentina and don’t forget to dance some tango…

Newport Beach

October 28, 2009
Purchased a fantastic art deco console table online from Art Deco The proprietor, Richard Fishman, was most helpful with this experience. Richard provided sound answers to all my questions and concerns, provided me with an additional photo of the piece that I was purchasing, and arranged for shipment across the country. I would highly recommend an internet purchase through Art Deco Collection. Thanks for making it so easy Richard.
Anthony M. Stefanoni
New York
October 10, 2009
Living in Chicago, with world-famous antique dealers and the Merchandise Mart minutes away, finding an art deco bar for my second home should have been easy.
Thank goodness I found the Art Deco Collection online, because, thanks to Richard, it was. The selection of bars, plus the quality and condition of the offerings, were far superior to anything I had previously seen.
I was somewhat hesitant to make a purchase of this magnitude “virtually”, but the multiple excellent photographs, detailed answers to questions, and pre-sale customer service helped me to understand the exact condition of my piece.
Superb delivery arrangements and continued contact after the sale put me at ease. I am now the proud owner of a show-stopper bar, that could not have been easier (for me) to guide to my home, at a price that beat all of my local competition (including delivery!)
Thank you, thank you, thank you Richard, and the Art Deco Collection!
I’m so happy that you’re so good at what you do!

Chicago and San Diego

September 20, 2009

I wanted to let you know that the desk and the clock arrived Thursday. They are great. The desk, especially. It’s a lovely piece of furniture. Thanks and I’m sure I’ll order from you again in the near future.
Port Orange, FL

September 12, 2009

I am a woman of few words…………… Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Andrea Fodor

Red Bank, NJ

July 22, 2009
Hi Richard,

Just a note to let you know we received everything yesterday in perfect condition. Thank you so much for helping us out in the invoice department. It made our purchases from you all that more enjoyable. Please keep in touch.
All the Best,
Steven & Ara,

June 2 , 2009
My art deco masks arrived promptly several days after I purchased them. They were packed so well that it took me a good 15 minutes to remove them from the box. They are of course in perfect condition. It was a pleasure to speak with you and do business with you. My husband and I will be sure to visit your store the next time we are in San Francisco. We will also visit your website on a regular basis because we are avid art deco collectors.
Thank you for your efforts.
Fahla G.
Toronto, Canada.
May 30, 2009
Dear Richard,

I had never bought anything more expensive than a pound of coffee over the internet. But my recent experience with you and your shop has been eye-opening.
I had come to discover how much better a sense of the market I could get over the internet for the highly specific market of art deco desks for which I was searching, but I never thought I would buy this expensive an item essentially sight unseen.
What made the difference: 1. You had just the right piece price and design 2. You were very knowledgeable and forthcoming when we spoke by phone 3. Your website had multiple pictures of the desk and accompanying pieces from multiple angles. 4. The desk was just beautiful! The desk is now in my home and every morning it brings a smile and a lift to my day.
It’s more beautiful in person than even in the multiple photos. And the shipping experience was seamless. Thank you for all of your work in traveling the world to bring these beautiful pieces to our American (or cyberspace) market.
With much thanks,
Karen M.
Willmington, DE

January 21, 2009
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Fishman,

Just a brief note to let you know that I received the pelican lamp last evening. It arrived in perfect condition, and it looks even more stunning in real life than in photographs. I look forward to visiting your website again soon. And of course, if I’m ever in the San Francisco area, I will call ahead and arrange to visit your store.
Steve Stephen C. Pollock, M.D.
Mebane, NC

January 21, 2009

Thanks again for your assistance and I appreciate the smooth transaction. You’ve been very prompt and responsive. I’m really enjoying the lamp. It’s a beautiful example and is the type of art object which has always attracted me to the Art Deco style.
Mark Williams
Brownsville, TX

December 19, 2008
Hi Richard,

FedEx was great. You were better, I love all that transpired.
Trinidad & Tobago, Caribbean West Indies

September 24, 2008
Dear Richard,

Our beautiful art deco clock arrived in Houston today and we are delighted with the condition and promptness in the delivery. Both my husband and I were amazed at how well the item was packed. We, however, were not surprised given that we had purchased a large lamp from you a few years earlier that arrived in pristine condition. We look forward to seeing you again when we return to San Francisco. Meanwhile, we will look for more wonderful art deco and art nouveau items on your website.

Again, thanks.
Sandi Greenstone
Houston, Texas

July 12, 2008
Hello Richard,

Everything arrived as planned, safe and sound – They are much loved!! Many thanks, and I look forward to dealing with you again.
Wellington, New Zealand

July 8, 2008
We had some items shipped to Australia earlier this year by Richard and are entirely happy with the service. Everything was as stated and has really helped to make our old deco house a home. Thanks and looking forward to dealing with you again.
Ed Rountree
June 9 , 2008

We love the 1930s French bedroom suite. It’s better than pictured and just as you described. You were correct, we do sleep better in such beautiful and graceful surroundings. With all deliberate speed, we are outfitting our South Florida home with art deco pieces, many from your fine store. You have the most unique furnishings, both in quality and character. We continue to delight in seeing what new discoveries you feature.
All the best,

February 1 , 2008
Dear Richard,

I want to thank you for the wonderful buying experiences from Art Deco Collection. During the past month, we purchased two rare Edgar Brandt items. Your selection, knowledge, and commitment to customer satisfaction are unmatched! Throughout the buying process, there was constant communication and photographs. As a result, we knew exactly what was being purchased and even how it was packaged. The items were carefully packaged and arrived safely in rural New Hampshire. Thank you also for continued information after the completion of the sale. In summary, a transaction with Art Deco Collection involves more than just a satisfying economic transfer of money for historic pieces. Yes, there is a concern after the sale, with additional opportunities for learning. Please post this on your website so that others may receive a feeling of my total satisfaction.

Yours sincerely,
Clifford Oster

December 29, 2007

What a pleasure to look at the bronze statues I just installed in the living room this afternoon! They arrived nice and safely packed. Thank you for that and your advice. Be sure I will still frequently visit your website and have a look at the nice items you show us.
All the best,
Carl Szocs

September 26, 2007

Dear Richard

The package has arrived and all seems fine. Thanks very much. We will enjoy the chandelier – it looks great in its new home.

Kim Jarvis and Mike Hill
Gloucestershire, U.K.

August 14, 2007

I came across your page when I was doing a google search for art deco mohair sofas. While I am not in a position to purchase any at the moment, I did want to take the time to let you know what beautiful pieces were on your page. I have fond memories of the overstuffed burgundy couch my grandmother had when I was a kid back in the ’50s. These are THE most comfortable babies to be found. The attachment I am sending has to be one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. You are to be commended for your quality offerings.
Ms. Gerry Hoffman
Cincinnati, Ohio

July 21, 2007

Hi Rick!

I just wanted you to know that I received the stools in great condition and at the perfect time! Your timing of the shipment was great, as I received the call from the shipper the day after I returned from Greece. The stools are absolutely FABULOUS! They are the perfect compliment to my art deco bar in my basement speakeasy. I love them! Thanks again for everything and hope you are having a great summer out there in my favorite city.
Take care,
Suzanne Dortch
Cincinnati, OH

July 3, 2007

Once again let me tell you how much I LOVE my dining room table and light fixtures. Everything is just perfect. Your selection is gorgeous and I am a very happy customer!
Best regards,
Ann O”Bryan
San Francisco

June 20, 2007

I want to thank you very much for discovering and selling the Art Deco China Clipper sculpture to me. As a child and into my adulthood that has always been my favorite airplane. None of the antique dealers I know have ever had anything quite like this so I commend you for filling this great need of mine! The piece is actually better looking than in the photo. You were very honest in its description and design and you took the pains to ship it with care— this will never be forgotten. You have a great eye for procuring great art deco objects. Again thank you for your great effort in satisfying me as your customer.

All the best!
Rick Speciale
Baton Rouge, LA

June 11, 2007


Though it is always Priority One for sellers to manage client/customer expectations, I find this particularly necessary in the area of buying and selling items via the Internet. It can be daunting to put forward substantial amounts of money on items one cannot see or touch before making the purchase. That said, you and your website have done a SUPERIOR job of managing my expectations and providing phenomenal customer service. I’ll get to how much I adore your product[s] in a second.) While I loved shopping through your gallery online and very much enjoyed your immediate attention to my questions via email, the most positive part of my experience (in addition to loving the bar cabinet upon its arrival) was how the photos on your website of the piece I purchased PERFECTLY helped me anticipate what I was to be getting off of the delivery truck. What you showed me online is exactly what showed up at my doorstep. This made me feel even that much better about the entire buying process. Well, that and the fact that it is the most gorgeous antique bar cabinet I’ve ever seen. That helped, too. Thank you so much. I feel certain I will be keeping your delivery truck very busy in the future.

All the best,
Nancy Wolfson
Los Angeles, CA

June 7, 2007


We cannot thank you enough for all your help in acquiring Art Deco items for our home. Your knowledge and expertise of the era as been very helpful. The lamps, lighting fixtures, the Catteau and Boch Pottery, the mirrors, statuary, cocktail shakers, artwork… everything we have purchased from you is stunning. We hope to continue our relationship with you for a long time!

Barrett Lindsay-Steiner
AC Griffing
Walnut Creek, CA

May 29, 2007

“Our experience in working with Richard Fishman and The Art Deco Collection is one of pleasure. After my husband and I acquired our 1937 art deco house, we spent months researching how what, and where to buy vintage art deco furnishings. Richard proved to be the most knowledgable, tasteful, and helpful of all the vintage art deco dealers that we spoke with. So far we have purchased a dining set, chandelier, and console table from Richard and would do so again in a heartbeat. We look forward to working with him again.”

Julie Fiscko
San Diego California

May 27, 2007

Dear Richard,

The barstools were delivered today, after 2 misses by UPS. They are fabulous, and I thank you sincerely for having them made, and for a good job on shipping. I hope we can work together again too since you have top-of-the-line lovelies!

Marcy Capehart
Tulsa, Oklahoma

April 19, 2007

Dear Richard,

Your Art Deco items are beautiful and genuine. The two items I recently bought arrived in perfect shape and so promptly. They are exactly as shown on the website and as you described them. It was a pleasure doing business with you and we’ll be back for more as we furnish our condo in NY in the “deco style.”

New York

April 16, 2007

Dear Richard,

It was my lucky day when I found your website whilst searching for anything Art Deco! I could have been tempted by numerous pieces but in the end, I decided on the lovely table which is now gracing my home. I was really appreciative of all the help you gave me with regard to the shipping and very pleased with the cost which you arranged with your shipper. Quite amazingly you managed to ship the item within a few days of completing our transaction and it arrived with me within a week of buying it. Absolutely fantastic. If only we had the same prompt and polite service here in England!

Thanks again for everything.

Kind Regards,
Sheffield, England

April 6, 2007

Rick is an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic dealer. He always manages to turn up a wide variety of exciting and often obscure pieces of Art Deco. Where he finds this stuff is beyond me, but his stock is truly intriguing. A visit to one of his shops is always the highlight of my frequent trips to San Francisco. We have had quite a number of transactions over the years and I have never been disappointed. I recommend him without reservation.

David Huchthausen

March 25, 2007

Dear Rick,

I can’t believe that is has been almost 20 years since I first bought Art Deco items from you. At the beginning, it was a pair of elegant bookends. Then, you sold me a wonderful Austrian Hagenauer figurine (a yellow-and-navy harlequin). I still treasure both of these objects d”art. Since then, of course, I have purchased much more: a magnificent French dining room suite, four German occasional tables, a pair of torchiers, a couple of unusual French framed posters, etc. I am sure that I have overlooked a few items in my home that came from your tasteful showrooms. In addition, you have often given me an advance peek–via your computer–at your pending containers shipments from Europe. Your dedication to quality craftsmanship and tasteful authentic appearance are what make me proud to be a friend as well as a client.

Most Sincerely,
Dr. Stephen H. Polansky
San Francisco, California

March 8, 2007


Well, we’re still remodeling, believe it or not. But by buying some pieces from Art Deco while in the throes of construction, we found we could actually “make” space for the most special ones. The deco pieces we acquired from you will fit gracefully into our new modern-style house. Thanks for giving us a great excuse to take a weekend in San Francisco.

Dave and Debbie Twohy
Santa Monica, California

February 28, 2007

Dear Richard,

I wanted to send you many thanks for the Fayral sculpture that I recently purchased through Art Deco I am very pleased at the work itself; especially regarding the strong composition and the unexpected fine detail and patina. As you were made aware, I had never actually seen this sculpture in person, so making such a purchase through a dealer I had never worked with before made me feel a little outside my comfort level!! Well…Art Deco came through magnificently! The sculpture arrived safely packaged (it took me about 20 minutes to get everything unwrapped) and on time. Needless to say, it is the highlight of my collection. I will visit your website often in search of other Art Deco gems. As a final comment, I also enjoyed looking at your online photo album. It shows what a well-established dealer you really are!

Gregg M. Lewis
Longview, Washington

February 27, 2007

Dear Richard:

You have exceeded our expectations; Thank you! Over the past three years, your knowledge and integrity have truly made a difference in helping us construct our “art deco home” here in Honolulu! Again, many thanks, we look forward to dealing with you in the future!

Yours truly,
Ron & Mitzi
Honolulu, Hawaii

February 26, 2007

Dear Richard,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how pleased we are. This has been our third transaction with you in the last three years or so and I have nothing but the best comments about you and your company. We wouldn’t hesitate for one second to recommend you to our friends and family, you have proven to be a person with high ethical business standards which I consider a must. I hope we can continue to do business for many years to come.

Edward Lenain
Beverly Hills California

February 22, 2007

Dear Rick,

We both think you are doing much more than just selling fine furniture and objects d”art! With your two stores, your beautiful website, and your deco-era music, you are helping to keep alive a sophisticated time in history that possessed a special class and grace. Too often, that is missing from present-day society. Rarely have Bev and I enjoyed a shopping experience as much as when we are in your stores, as I am not much of a shopper. As an artist, it usually takes something of real history and high quality to tempt my interest. At Art Deco Collection, I always find many fine pieces that evoke the special quality of the deco era. Bev loves your stores more than any (except for perhaps her favored Nordstrom), and I typically have my hands full in holding her back … sometimes I think she would put us in serious debt by buying all of your treasures at first sight! We are always impressed with the very attractive ways in which you design your store’s product configuration. They show your pieces to the best and most appealing advantage. As a result, your stores have a much different effect on us than do typical shops., They are more like art deco museums. But, contrary to museum rules, we can buy any piece we want and take it home with us, as long as we can afford it (and, sometimes, even when we cannot.) All of the pieces we have purchased from you over the years are appreciated by us every day.

As always, best of fortune,
Richard Conard & Bev McLean
San Ramon California

On 5/16/2023 6:54 PM, Richard Fishman wrote: We just returned last evening. A week ago today was a highlight of our excursion, meeting you both and finally seeing the unspeakably marvelous treasure trove that is, Art Deco Collection!!! That’s my ultimate “candy store!” Deco Eye Candy… The best! Thanks so much for opening up the store for us and spending time with us. It was such a delight! And the icing on the deco cake was the surprise of The Marabou Lounge! OMG! You’re just too much. Cheers! Steven and Bob –

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