Hilton Head Island, SC

Alan W. enjoys getting away from it all at his vacation home on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. We certainly agree that the view from his dining room overlooking the bay is extremely relaxing – can you hear the gentle waves lapping the shore and the cry of the sea gulls?

Alan was seeking antique dining chairs to go with a large dining table, and we helped him find a Set of 6 Antique French Renaissance Chairs in walnut dating to 1900 that had unique leather seats with embossed dragons on the backs.

Alan also needed additional storage for china and serving pieces in the dining room, so we suggested a massive Vintage French Renaissance Sideboard in oak dating to 1950 with ornate carvings, large twisted legs, and wrought iron decorative supports.

If you’re searching for handsome antique dining chairs, or perhaps an attractive Antique or Vintage Sideboard, let EuroLux Antiques help you find the perfect addition to your home.

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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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All About Bequet…

Hubert Bequet began creating beautiful ceramics in 1926 at the Belgian ceramics manufacturer Auguste Mouzin et Cie (AMC).  (This manufacturer was later renamed La Faencerie de Wasmuël, which operated from 1878 to 1951 in the southwest coal-mining region Borinage region of Belgium.)  AMC was known for fine quality ceramic pieces and specifically for their 1910 introduction of mass production ceramic mantle clocks.

 Bequet opened his own ceramics production factory in 1934 in Quaregnon, incorporating everything he had learned at AMC. The apex of success for the factory was in 1963 when it employed 150 workers, but eventually closed its doors when the pottery and its director then began to experience various problems. The large factory closed in December 1982. Hubert Bequet did however continue to produce pottery in a small workshop, “The Ceramics of Borinage”, until April 1985 before closing for good.

Known not just for his colorful, high-quality ceramic pieces with gold rims and elaborate decoration, Bequet also brought mass production to the forefront of the ceramics industry.  Early pieces were either unsigned or imprinted with Belgique and a model number. Pieces  made later on were marked with “Made In Belgium: H. Bequet Quaregnon.”

Below is a slideshow of sample Bequet work.

Bequet ceramic piece

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Spartanburg, SC

It was a gorgeous day when we pulled into Susan B.’s driveway in Spartanburg, SC.  Susan has been a great client for years now, and we’re always happy to bring another piece to her beautiful home.

Susan picked this very high-quality Antique French Renaissance Hunting Buffet (circa 1880) because it has a wolf or hunting dog at the top that reminded her of her handsome pair of German Shepherds.  I think it really looks wonderful in her living room next to the large oil painting of Venice, Italy.

 

In the far corner of the living room near the large window and French doors is the gorgeous Antique Welsh Moonroller Grandfather Clock (circa 1810) that we delivered on an earlier trip.  Susan loves its chime and enjoys singing along with the bong – bong – bong!

Susan placed a charming Vintage French Country Secretary Desk (circa 1950) near the front door at the bottom of the stairs as a useful place to keep keys and mail.  This pretty piece greets visitors as they come through the door and adds warmth to Susan’s lovely home.

Downstairs in the large finished basement that serves as a family room, Susan added two Vintage Flemish Renaissance Cabinets (circa 1930s) for additional storage.  The large one replaced a fish tank and will give Susan a place to store personal items.  The small one by the back door is perfect for goggles and sunscreen so the kids can grab them on the way out to the pool in the back yard!  My photo didn’t turn out, but Susan also has a pretty Vintage French Country Sideboard (circa 1950) in the family room that is used to store towels for the pool.

Susan has quite a few more pieces from EuroLux Antiques in the upstairs hall and bedrooms, but those will have to wait for another blog post.  A big shout-out of thanks to Susan B. for her continued patronage – we appreciate you!

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog and Best Wishes for 2012!

Aimee

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Shop Small: Shop at EuroLux Antiques!

Greg and I were thrilled to find out about the 2nd annual American Express Shop Small campaign!

First there was Black Friday, and then Cyber Monday.  Now there’s Small Business Saturday on November 26th!  Do your part to help the economy by supporting small businesses!  You’ll get a one-time $25 statement credit from American Express when you use your registered or linked American Express Card on Small Business Saturday to make a purchase of $25 or more at a small business – and EuroLux Antiques counts!

You’ll find EuroLux Antiques at 1409 Main Street in Newberry, South Carolina.  We’re a small business with a big E-commerce presence.  Shop with us on Small Business Saturday on November 26th and get 15% off your entire purchase – whether you shop locally with us in Newberry or online at www.EuroLuxAntiques.com! Just use the coupon code ShopSmall during check out on November 26th!

Think globally, act locally, and SHOP SMALL on Small Business Saturday, November 26th!

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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

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What is the Art Deco Style of Antiques?

As an antiques dealer, I am often asked how I determine the approximate age of an antique or vintage item. While the true answer to that question is from the experience gained through many years of directly handling antique and vintage items, one aspect of any determination of age is the aesthetic style or design of the item in question. And to this end, the Art Deco style of antiques is one of the easiest styles to recognize. Art Deco furniture is a surefire way to make a mid-century statement in your living room or dining room. Featuring quality inlays fit for the Great Gatsby, this style brings a 20th century glam to your home.

Prior to World War I, the Art Nouveau style reigned the aesthetic world from 1890 to 1914, with an emphasis on lavish, free-flowing designs, which focused on organic motifs. However, by the time World War I ended in 1918, people around the world had experienced a sobering loss of innocence. It profoundly affected our global consciousness, and which, of course, was reflected in the art and design of the 1920s and 1930s. The craftsmanship of the Art Deco style created pieces that make today’s interior designers blush. Pieces from the Art Deco period include credenzas, console tables, bookcases, coffee tables, sideboards, dining tables, and more! For your seating needs, maybe an Art Deco sofa or set of Art Deco chairs is what you need. All of these pieces can bring a retro / mid-century modern style to your home. 

Consumers were no longer interested in the elaborate carvings and extravagant nature of Victorian and Revival design styles after WWI, but instead demanded a new modern style based on simplicity and a streamlined design, such as the Set of 6 Antique Art Deco Dining Chairs above. At the same time, home decor consumers were fascinated by new technologies that were recently introduced to the world: the radio, the television, the automobile, the airplane, and architectural wonders known skyscrapers, such as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building in New York City.

Ever wonder how the name of this modern, streamlined aesthetic originated? It all began at The International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art (Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes) that was held in Paris in May of 1925 to showcase the new, modern, and functional design of France. Forty three years later in 1968, a museum exhibition was held of many pieces from the 1925 Paris Exposition, and that is when the term Art Deco was first used to describe this exuberant style, firmly rooted in the promise of the future.

Early Art Deco style of the 1920s uses dynamic, sweeping curves, which give the feeling of velocity and speed, and the aerodynamic design of airplanes and automobiles. The Art Deco style at its heart is the celebration of the Age of Machines, of the optimism of spirit that announced the future had already arrived, and it had been carried on the wings of technology.

This disconnection with the past was also expressed by the Flappers, young women who rebelled against societal norms, in the Roaring Twenties. These women shocked society by taking off their girdles, cutting their hair short, and then smoking, drinking, and dancing all night long in the Jazz clubs. This radical break in tradition required a bold, new, and dramatic style, and Art Deco design was recognized as the “bee’s knees” and the “cat’s pyjamas.”

As the Art Deco style progressed through the 1930s, emphasis shifted away from sweeping curves, switching instead to a focus on rectilinear lines and geometric shapes. These geometric shapes were often fractionated, reflecting the Cubist influence of the contemporary artist, Pablo Picasso.

Key attributes of the Art Deco style are the use of geometric shapes, zigzags, trapezoids, chevron and starburst patterns, as well as the stylized use of flowers and animals such as gazelles and birds. The Antique Art Deco Buffet and the Antique Art Deco Vanity above show the focus on a rectilinear design in combination with stylized flowers, as does the Antique Art Deco Chandelier below.  Notice the sunburst design combined with stylized lettering on the Antique Art Deco Crucifix below.

A dramatic and bold color palette was favored in Art Deco design.  Bright yellow, red, orange, green, and blue were used abundantly, especially in the joyful dishware line called Fiestaware in the United States.

After the stock market crash of 1929 when unemployment reached 25% in the US, inexpensive Art Deco products in cheery colors were still in demand as they helped boost sagging spirits, while the focus on technology and the future promised better things to come.

Art Deco designs took center stage at The World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933, and again in 1939 in New York City. The most prominent architects of the Art Deco era include the streamlined designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and the father of the steel and glass Bauhaus movement, Walter Gropius. In furniture design, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jules LeLeu ruled the day, while outstanding glassware was designed by Rene Lalique, whose style was inexpensively reproduced and later became known as Depression Glass.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the vibrant Art Deco style of antiques, and that you agree it is quite easy to recognize.

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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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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!

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Happy Oktoberfest in Newberry, SC!

Newberry, South Carolina, is a sleepy southern town and on most days reminds me of Mayberry on the Andy Griffith show.

NewberryWith a population of just 10,000 in the city limits, chances are that if you bring up someone’s name in conversation, a relative of theirs will be within earshot.  We’re known as the City of Friendly Folks for a reason – everyone smiles, waves to passing cars, and is happy to spend a few minutes chatting to find out what’s new with you.  EuroLuxAntiques

You’ll find EuroLux Antiques right on Main Street in an Art Deco building dating to 1910.  You can’t miss us – we have European flags flying over an original black and white tiled entrance.

OktoberfestDowntown

On every first Saturday of October, crowds descend and Newberry celebrates its German heritage with an Oktoberfest festival held on Main Street in our historic Downtown.  This year, Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 10 am until late afternoon.

OktoberfestBakeSaleThe streets will be filled with arts and crafts vendors and local churches will offer delicious, home-baked goods.  New this year will be pottery demonstrations held in front of the big, yellow community hall throughout the day.

OktoberfestBooths

Stroll around the square in front of the Newberry Opera House to see a Classic Car Show.  There’s a good bit for the kids to do too: jump around in the inflatables, make a project at the Lowe’s kid’s tent, or attempt to scale a climbing wall hosted by the South Carolina National Guard.

OktoberfestFood

Of course, the best part of Oktoberfest, in my opinion, is the German food and the Biergarten!  You’ll find schnitzel-a-plenty, sauerkraut, bratwurst, German potato salad, and more!  Stop in at the culinary stage where three local chefs will give demonstrations and don’t miss Wendy Steiner of Gasthaus zur Ellie at 1:30 pm!  You may have heard of “that German restaurant in Prosperity” that was named one of the top German Restaurants in America!  I can personally attest that Wendy’s restaurant is AWESOME and you should definitely go eat there!

You’ll find a large selection of German beers in the Biergarten right next to the Opera House, which will help you wash down the liver nips.

OktoberfestBiergartenWhat is a liver nip, you ask?  I’m not exactly sure since I’m not originally from around here (Bless my heart, I’m from Florida), but the Newberry Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual Oktoberfest Liver Nips Contest.  First prize is $250!OktoberfestLiverNips

 

And Oktoberfest wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without entertainment and oopma music!  Polish and German polka starts at 10 am, followed by different types of music throughout the day (classic rock and 80’s music), and ending with a German blues musician taking the stage at 4 pm.  Be sure to catch the free puppet shows put on by the Bremen Town Musicians (The Patchwork Players from Columbia, SC) at the Ritz Theater throughout the day.

So put on your lederhosen and dirndl and come on down to Newberry, home of the best Oktoberfest in South Carolina!

OktoberfestCostume(Okay, you don’t have to wear a German costume, but it will give you an excuse to drink more beer if you do!)OktoberfestLederhosen

Greg and I hope to see you in Downtown Newberry for Oktoberfest!  Grab a Hefeweizen and a plate of Schnitzel and be sure to stop in to EuroLux Antiques to say hello!

OktoberfestMealHappy Oktoberfest!  And thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog!

Prost!

Aimee 🙂

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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!

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What is Brittany Style Antique Furniture?

Do you like very heavily carved and dark antique furniture?  Do you collect or admire Folk Art?  Do you love Quimper pottery (the hand-painted style of ceramics from northwest France)?  The Brittany Style of antique furniture is not for everyone, but chances are if you like ornate and elaborately hand-carved furniture and appreciate the rustic quality of Folk Art, you will love antique furniture in the Brittany Style.

Located in the northwestern corner of France, the French province of Brittany, also known as Bretagne, was once an independent kingdom called Lesser Britain.  Brittany is still recognized as one of the six Celtic nations in the world today, as the Celtic language, Breton, is still spoken there and many Celtic traditions still survive today.  Drawing on the ornate and symbolic nature of Celtic Art, antique furniture produced in Brittany at the end of the 19th century was heavily carved and told a story through its symbolic carvings.

The rise in popularity of Brittany Style antique furniture can be attributed to a collection of Breton songs, known as The Ballads of Brittany, that was published in 1839 by Théodore Hersart de la Villemarqué.  This collection was put together based on the centuries old oral tradition that had been handed down from generation to generation in Brittany and its intention was to preserve traditional folk tales, legends, and music.

This collection of songs created new interest in the history of the Celtic tradition in Brittany and sparked a great demand throughout France for locally-produced, hand-made Brittany Style furniture.  The Brittany Style of antique furniture is distinctive and easily recognizable due to its very ornate carvings.  The local economy in Brittany was heavily dependent on fishing and maritime activities, so one often finds circles and ship’s wheels as a common decorative motif in the Brittany Style of antique furniture.

Most antique furniture in the Brittany Style was carved out of chestnut, a wood with a very dark finish. A hallmark feature of the Brittany Style of French Country Antique Furniture is the symbolic use of men and women in traditional Celtic dress to represent a strong work ethic, piety, and the enjoyment of life.

Reaping the wheat in the fields with a windmill in the background

Spinning wool into yarn outside a small, thatched cottage

Heads bowed in prayer in thanks for a crop of potatoes at sunset

Another prayer of thanks for the blessings of the field, with a view of the town’s cathedral in the distance

Enjoying a pipe, and each other’s company, at the end of a long day

On the way to the local pub to enjoy a beer or glass of wine, and perhaps a little smooching…

Relaxing at the end of the day and enjoying music played on a flute or the bagpipes…

The Brittany Style harkened back to the romantic ideal of a simpler time of days long gone.  Even at the end of the 19th century, it seems our ancestors looked back fondly on the old days.  Antique Furniture in the Brittany Style, while expertly carved by hand, has a rather primitive or rustic nature to it, both in subject matter and style, that elicits the sense that it truly should be classified as Folk Art.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the distinctive French Country Brittany Style of antique furniture. It is one of our favorites at EuroLux Antiques!  Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques’ Blog!

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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