Ruby Lane: Traditional Antiques from 2000-plus Shops

Ruby Lane: Traditional Antiques from 2000-plus Shops

Sarah Coffey
Oct 22, 2010

Store History

  • Founded: 1998
  • Founded by: Tom Johnson
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Ruby Lane is an aggregator site that posts antiques from over 2,000 sellers. Unlike similar sites — such as V&M or 1stdibs, who market themselves with a certain amount of glam panache — Ruby Lane's focus is on traditional, "Antiques Roadshow" style stuff.

The website provides a basic, no-frills shopping experience with straightforward photos and basic information about provenance and time periods. Many of the sellers provide detailed spec sheets, and prices range from the low end (you can find furniture in the mix for under $100) to super-high-end (like a 19th century French gilt bed for $16,500.)

It's a good resource if you're looking for something from a specific style or era. The site is divided into several virtual "lanes" including antique furnishings, artwork, books, vintage clothing, glass, etc. You can sort things by price and the search function works reasonably well.

To purchase something, you have to register with the site and proceed to the shop checkout — shipping and pricing varies according to each shopowner.

  1. Portrait of a Child circa 1840, $4,500
  2. 19th C. French Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Bed, $16,500
  3. Pair of Pine Ladderback Chairs circa 1910, $250
  4. Walnut Hand Carved Louis XVI Side Chair, $225
  5. French Bells Epoque Period Sofa with Distressed Finish, $2,200
  6. Antique Cherry Drop-leaf Table Circa 1860, $750
  7. Western Reservation Navajo Rug circa 1910, $1,150
  8. Horse Derby Winner Oil Painting signed Lucas, $3,950
  9. Verde Iron Chandelier, $2,400
  10. Maryland Pond Lily Quilt, $795
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