Roanoke, VA

Today’s blog post is a big shout out of thanks to Sean Doherty at Doherty Interior Design in Roanoke, Virginia.  Sean added a stunning Antique Scottish Drumhead Grandfather Clock from EuroLux Antiques to complete a new design for a client’s office.

Antique Scottish Drumhead Grandfather Clocks are rather difficult to find, but this one, which dates to circa 1820, is particularly beautiful with a very attractive mahogany veneer case.  The bonnet is crowned with a ball and spire finial and decorative flourishes, while a floral motif wraps around the base of the bonnet.

Antique Grandfather Clocks, also known as Antique Tallcase Clocks or Antique Longcase Clocks, were first created around 1670 with the invention of the anchor escapement mechanism.  A long pendulum that only needed to swing 4 to 6 degrees was able to power these longcase clocks and kept much more accurate time than earlier clock mechanisms.  Antique Grandfather Clocks were custom-made by hand for their owners through the 1800s and were considered to be status symbols for the very wealthy.  Pendulum clocks would hold the record for the world’s most accurate timekeepers for the next 270 years, until 1927 when the quartz clock was invented.

Sean’s classic design for this stately and elegant office, which included the Antique Drumhead Grandfather Clock and beautiful gold silk fabric on the walls, was given a vibrant splash of color with a set of apple green leather armchairs around a banded mahogany conference table.

We’re glad to hear that Sean’s customer was well-pleased with the finished design.  Here at EuroLux Antiques, we’re always happy to help interior designers find the perfect antique piece to complete a project!

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques Blog and be sure to check out Doherty Interior Design on FaceBook.  Let Sean know how much you enjoyed his work!

Best wishes,

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Cambridge, MA

Hans J. purchased this charming Vintage Flemish Candelabra from EuroLux Antiques and let us know that it was for his Dutch Room in Cambridge, MA.

We were very intrigued and asked Hans to send us photos, which he was happy to do!  He further explained that he grew up with European antiques because his family owned a small antiques shop when he was a child.  His father was born in Austria, but grew up in Germany, while his mother was born in Delft, Holland.

Hans explained that this room is meant to evoke the feeling of a Dutch interior around 1690 during the Golden Age of Northern Baroque Art.  Of course, as the Dutch were international traders, there are items in the room of English and German origin too.  None of the items in the room actually dates to the 17th century, but mostly are from 1900 to 1930.  The table carpet on the octagonal Dutch table was purchased by Hans’ parents in the Netherlands in the early 1970s.

 

I’m so impressed with Hans’ Dutch interior because it looks like it could have been the setting for one of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings, such as the Music Lesson above.  Vermeer, arguably one of the greatest Northern Baroque painters, was known for painting women in Dutch interiors and was a true master at depicting natural light falling through a window.  In Hans’ room above, notice how the natural light spills across the table from the window over the harpsichord, which Hans’ parents built from a kit in the 1960s.  Hans built the stand and added the landscape painting on the interior of the instrument.

Perhaps you might be more familiar with Vermeer’s most famous painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring, (first photo above) since it was the basis of a book by Tracy Chevalier, which was then made into a movie starring Scarlett Johansson (second photo above) in 2003. The movie just happens to be one of Hans’ all-time favorite films!

This photo of Hans’ Dutch Room features several pieces of Blue Delft ceramics surrounded by framed prints. Can’t you just imagine that Vermeer’s Girl with the Waterpitcher just stepped out of the room?

 

The Vintage Flemish Candelabra that Hans found at EuroLux Antiques has a new home on a refectory table underneath a tapestry and has now become part of a nearly identical pair in Hans’ Dutch Room.

Hans even created a fireplace that is typical of those found in Holland, Belgium, or France in the mid to late 1500s, in order to give a deeper sense of history to the room.  The fireplace is made from plywood and painted to look like stone.  The Delft tiles are plastic stick-on tiles, although they look like ceramic tiles.  He can actually have a fire in it by the use of canned jelled alcohol behind ceramic logs, and can even heat water for tea by the use of a hanging kettle.

In my opinion, the most incredible part about Hans’ Dutch Room is that he rents his home, and has not been able to make any structural changes.  I am completely in awe of Hans’ ingenuity and dedication to creating a beautiful and stunning 17th century Dutch interior!  Nicely done, Hans – two thumbs way up!

As always, we’d love to see photos of items purchased at EuroLux Antiques in their new home!

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog!

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 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Franklin, TN

Kimberly in Franklin, TN, just loves Blue Delft and we don’t blame her!  The larger the collection of Antique Blue Delft, the more beautiful and impressive it looks.  Kimberly mentioned that she has Antique Blue Delft in nearly every room in her home, and was thrilled to find a Vintage Blue Delft Chandelier at EuroLux Antiques to add to her ever-growing collection.

We love it when customers send us photos of their newly-purchased pieces in their homes and Kimberly was happy to comply!

Kimberly added her own unique touch by finding beautiful silk chandelier shades to match the Vintage Blue Delft Chandelier.  You can also see she has added shades to a pretty Rococo chandelier in the dining room to the left.

We can glimpse a few pieces of Kimberly’s wonderful blue and white collection, as there are two blue and white plates on the wall at the left of the photo, a soup tureen filled with flowers on the table in the dining room to the left, and a beautiful Antique Blue Delft Ginger Jar Vase on a marble-top cabinet in the hall to the right.

I personally love the antique burled walnut Secretary Bookcase that is visible in the corner of the dining room, directly under the Vintage Blue Delft Chandelier — what a stunning piece!  Thanks Kimberly, for sharing these photos of your lovely home for our EuroLux Antiques Blog readers!

And thank you for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques Blog.

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Santa Rosa, CA

There is a strange phenomenon in the Antique Furniture business that I cannot explain.  We may have a beautiful Antique Buffet or a striking Vintage Chandelier or an amazing Antique Clock for several months without having any email questions or phone inquiries about it, and then as soon as someone purchases that Antique Buffet or Vintage Chandelier or Antique Clock, it seems we could have sold it three times over!

That was the case with the wonderful Antique Renaissance Revival Buffet that just arrived at Pixie and Joe’s house in Santa Rosa, California today.  We had several people try to buy this piece after it was sold — if only we had three more just like it!

We often have folks ask us about our methods of shipping larger pieces of Antique Furniture.  We use a variety of blanket wrap vanline companies that specialize in moving Antique Furniture.  These companies carefully wrap the delicate areas of pieces and know how to pack the pieces in their trucks so that the items are not damaged during transit.  We do not ship via Freight companies, as Freight companies stack heavy pallets on top of one another to maximize space in the truck, and this would most certainly guarantee damage for Antique Furniture.

Our FREE SHIPPING via Vanlines for larger furniture includes “white glove delivery service,” which means that your piece of Antique Furniture will be brought into your home, put together in the place where you would like it to be, and all packing materials will be removed.  We do not ship curbside, as we don’t want our customers to have to struggle with moving and building heavy pieces of furniture. Our shipping companies are experts in handling and moving the pieces from their trucks and into your home, avoiding the damage that can happen when one doesn’t know the best way to move a piece of Antique Furniture.  Of course, all items are fully insured just in case there is a mishap along the way.

Pixie and Joe are still in the middle of remodeling the room where their lovely Antique Renaissance Buffet will ultimately reside, but it will be used in a large family room on a wall adjacent to the kitchen and the back deck and will hold overflow and urgent items.  We would love to see a photo once their room is finished, but in the meantime they sent photos of the exterior of their beautiful European French Country home.

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog — please keep the photos and questions coming!

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Butler, GA

One of the many great reasons to buy Antique Furniture, is that you are being ecologically conscious.  By recycling an antique piece of furniture, you are choosing not to cause more trees to be cut down and are reducing the negative impact of manufacturing processes in countries like Indonesia.  You can feel good about being Green and reducing your ecologic footprint by buying Antiques!

French Antique Furniture can also be repurposed, or used in different ways than that which it was originally intended.  For instance, a new trend for 2011 in kitchen design is using Antique Buffets, Antique Armoires, or Antique Sideboards as free-standing kitchen cabinets.  Our customer Gregory M. thought of a unique way to repurpose an Antique Bookcase into a beautiful Gun Rack for his lovely vacation home in Butler, Georgia.

This striking Antique Bookcase was easily repurposed by adapting the existing shelves and adding a rack for the gun barrels.  The same process could convert a large Antique Bookcase or Antique Buffet into a wonderful way to store your wine collection!

We would love to see photos of Antique Furniture or Accessories from EuroLux Antiques in use in your home!

Best wishes,

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Asheville, NC

Most of the Antique Furniture deliveries for EuroLux Antiques are done by professional blanket-wrap vanline companies that specialize in moving Antique Furniture. However, Greg and I sometimes make our own deliveries in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. It gives us an excuse to get out of the Gallery and meet our customers in person, as 95% of our sales happen over the Internet.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we delivered a beautiful and very high quality Antique French Hunting Buffet in oak dating to 1880 to Jerry and Rhonda’s vacation home in Asheville, North Carolina. The weather was outstanding — blue skies and 75 degrees — and their neighborhood was filled with a canopy of lush, mature trees.

The large Antique French Buffet in the Hunting Style (on the back wall in the photo) perfectly complimented Rhonda’s wildlife design scheme for the dining area of a large Great Room, just off the kitchen. The Great Room is flooded with sunlight from the large windows, which look out over a pretty patio area. A stunning, antique hand-carved sculpture of a stag in solid oak with real horns from the German Black Forest lends a stately presence to this comfortable room.

French Antique Furniture in the Hunting Style is one of our specialties at EuroLux Antiques. The Hunting Style developed during the 16th century in France under the reign of King Francis I (1515 – 1547), who is known as the great French Renaissance monarch and who ruled at the same time as Henry VIII in England. King Francis wanted an exotic way to decorate his royal hunting lodges (the chateaux of the Loire Valley).  Jerry and Rhonda’s Antique French Hunting Buffet is a wonderful example of the French Hunting Style, which was very popular at the end of the 19th century.

On Antique Furniture in the Hunting Style, you will find detailed carvings of lion’s heads, winged griffins, and animal trophies, including eels, fish, rabbits, deer, boars, birds, and dogs. To further the experience of the hunt, carpenters included organic motifs with lush carvings of leaves and fruit along edges of buffets and on the backs of chairs, while table bases were often carved to represent the animals of the hunt: dogs, boars, deer, and foxes.  Notice that even the drawer pulls are carved in the shape of tree branches with leaves.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions about the French Hunting Style for you! Thanks for stopping by!

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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