PS: How did your passion for antiques begin?
LG: I’ve always been a collector, even as a young child. My passion began way back with my great-grandfather, who was a second-generation woodcarver from Romania. He did most of the carving for San Francisco churches, including St. Peter and Paul, St. Cecilia, Grace Cathedral, and Mission Dolores, to name a few. His crowning achievement was his work at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. This greatly influenced my interest in art and in old and precious things, as I was introduced to and surrounded by them as a child.