New Orleans show 1998

Art direction Arik Lerner

1940 Lincoln Zephyr

used in Amos and Andy in early 50s,

I bought it in 1995 1st year in business.

La Jolla

La Jolla Show Room

La Jolla

Detail La Jolla showroom

La Jolla store 1995

About Us

Arik Lerner was born in La Jolla, CA and raised in La Jolla, Del Mar ,Rancho Santa Fe, and Philadelphia . Exposed to art and antiques at an early age and attending his first auction at age one at Freeman’s in Philadelphia he continued his education by travelling and studying in Europe, South and Central America. An entrepreneur at heart he learned from a variety of mentors in the business notably among them were William Silva and Gerald Silvar well known antiquarians from the San Francisco Bay area. Surrounded by beauty and impressed by six foot Baccarat chandeliers, numerous Chinese antiquities ,Roman statutes , specimen marble pieces and furniture by famed ebonists of the French court and myriad old master paintings. One can only imagine a talented young man with a trained fine eye in the midst of so much beauty that he would decide to enter the field of art and antiques as a career and continue his training with these great men and others who would share their knowledge with him.

Many are the stories of fabulous pieces, how they were acquired and their provenances-a life size silver and crystal sturgeon created by Faberge for Czar Nicholas filled with Russian caviar and many others.

With that background he opened his first gallery in La Jolla and began the adventure and investment in art and antiques.

Investment? Yes, investment. Why buy a piece of mundane furniture when for the same price you might invest in a piece that will appreciate in value? Let Rue Michelle help you with your antiques and fine arts portfolio and help you grow your investments.



What style do you like? French Art Deco-Venetian art and antiques-Painted Italian furniture-Neo-Classic pieces-Tuscan design,-French formal,; Louis XV, XVI,-French Country,-Hollywood Regency & Glamour,-Mid-Century design? Let’s explore the world of design together and make new and valuable discoveries.



Rue Michelle is happy to offer consulting services as a reasonable price about your project, individual items or to go shopping for pieces at stores, flea markets, estate sales and auctions.

Interior Design

Rue Michelle offers both interior and exterior design services


Garden statuary artfully placed on the grounds as well as inside the residence


Creative designs for both interiors and exteriors


Home and garden design and renderings


Unique architectural elements can also be incorporated into any design


Email notices of ‘recent acquisitions’ keeps the client up to date and informed



Rue Michelle has been in the design business for over 25 years and offers both interior and exterior design . We travel the globe in providing beautiful garden statuary, antique fountains, gates, chandeliers, urns, architectural elements and live plants and flowers for your garden and home. Orchids are a Rue Michelle specialty.


We help assure each client that they are getting both the look they want but more importantly the quality assurance of value and integrity of the pieces when putting together their art and antique collection.


Why not create a unique space with faux painting? Floors, walls, furniture all lend themselves to the beautiful artistry of faux painting. We work with internationally known artists such as Karen Linder whose magic graced the floors and walls of Rue Michelle (see photo). What about Hollywood Regency and the glamour of days past? We work with artists who can use lacquer, silver leaf finish and faux bois, gold leaf and antique type Chinese wall paper with birds; pheasants, magpies-exotic plants and ethereal scenes uniquely created for the discriminating patron.


Kitchens, bathrooms and other service rooms do not have to be boring –they deserve attention too. Why not try black Lucite, lacquer cabinets? We will work with you to help you express your inner artistry and comfort level with your furnishings.


Refinishing, repairs, re-plating and other services are also available.



Let Rue Michelle be a part of your architecture and construction team. We can work with you to create your dreams as a valued team member with your contractor and architect.

Antique Appraisals

Consulting services are available before you make that big purchase and/or written appraisals are available at a reasonable fee.




We also offer professional photography services suitable for publication as well as personal art


Interior, exterior and architectural photography


People and Pets-especially cats, are among our favorite subjects




Pieces come and go quickly. Our inventory is subject to change so please let us know if you are interested in a specific piece as soon as possible.

You will note that we were mixing modern and mid-century items in the early 1990’s fifteen years before the ‘trend’ caught up with us. With Rue Michelle on your team you will be a trend setter, not follower….call us today.


Call (619) 347-7180

Call anytime, anywhere in the world

We also buy Chinese antiques and we also buy Zitan wood, Huanghuali chairs , consoles ,compound chests , Snuff bottle collections,lacquer,cloissone from the Ching period and from the Ming period /Y
Virtually unknown in the West for a long time, it is possibly the most prized wood among tropical hardwoods because of its rarity.
Although the zitan tree is not extinct, it is very slow growing and the growth is confined to southern China, Indochina and islands in the Indian Ocean.

We will pay a FINDERS FEE and remain COFINDENTAL if need be ANY FORM OF PMT.

Remember we will fly anywhere in the world

Call (619) 347-7180