Rothschild's Antiques in St. Louis

Rothschild's Antiques in St. Louis

Sarah Coffey
Jan 5, 2010

Store History

  • Founded: 1969
  • Founded by: Pete Rothschild
  • Headquarters: St. Louis

Growing up in St. Louis, I loved the weird and wonderful stuff at Rothschild's Antiques. As a kid visiting the store, my reward for not touching anything was a chance to see an antelope head or a fireplace mantel that looked like it had once lived inside a French castle.

Founded in 1969 by Pete Rothschild, the store has become a landmark of its Central West End neighborhood. In 1993, designer David Richardson joined Pete and became the Store Director. Today, Rothschild's sells global finds, eclectic antiques, and offers full-service interior design.

Prices aren't cheap. We saw a HUGE, intricately carved headboard for $1,900 and original paintings in the high hundreds. On the other hand, you can find good deals, especially in the basement, where clearance items are piled high beneath the low ceilings. On our last trip, we found a small, original portrait for $35 and old brass stencils for a dollar apiece.

Rothschild's has a website that lists a portion of their inventory with pricing. You can also browse David Richardson's interior design portfolio on their site.

Photos: Sarah Coffey

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