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

 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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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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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.

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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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Symbolism and Chinese Antique Furniture

One of my favorite aspects of Chinese Antique Furniture is the use of symbols to convey specific meanings for the owner.  Symbolism has long been an important part of Chinese culture with particular animals, plants, and even geometric patterns representing ideas or concepts.

Dragons are a powerful symbol in Chinese mythology and symbolize power, authority, male vigor and fertility. They represent the “yang” force in the “yin-yang” dynamic.  A Dragon is used as decorative trim around the edge of this Chinese Antique Cabinet above and as a decorative medallion in the center of the back splat of an Antique Chinese Chair in the photo below.

Running horses symbolize imminent success in Chinese culture, as seen on this Chinese Antique Chest of Drawers below. A bat hovers above the horses, adding good luck for the owner.

According to Chinese belief, bats represent good luck, as the word for bat sounds very similar to “Fu”, the word for good fortune or blessing.  Two bats seen together doubles the good luck, while the representation of five bats together symbolizes the Five Blessings of life: wealth, health, virtue, a long life and a natural death.  The four bats shown together on the back splat of this Antique Chinese Armchair below will bring quadruple luck to the owner!

Many pieces of Chinese Antique Furniture or Chinese Antique Architectural Elements use multiple symbolic objects, whose meanings combine to create a richly layered and complex interpretation for the owner.  For instance, the beautifully carved Antique Chinese Doors below may have been created as a wedding gift for a new bride and groom.

The Antique Chinese Doors feature a large Chinese character in a prominent position that represents health and longevity and is surrounded by four painted butterflies, which symbolize love and joy.  These symbols on the lower area of this Pair of Antique Chinese Doors, taken in combination, express a wish for a long and happy marriage based on true love.

This beautiful message is further enriched by the symbolic objects found in the upper area of these Antique Chinese Doors: pomegranates (fertility), peaches (longevity), lotus flowers (purity and perfection), and peonies (material wellbeing and also female beauty and reproduction).  Taken together, this complex interplay of symbolic meanings seems to convey warm wishes for a lifetime of marital bliss that is blessed with children.

I love how the juxtaposition of symbols on the Chinese Antique Cabinet below creates a deeper philosophical meaning for the owner.  The geometric pattern found on the upper drawers and in the large, full moon medallions on the front doors is called the Wanzi, and is also known as the Buddha’s Footprint.

In China, the Wanzi symbol represents the infinite multiplication of happiness, wealth, and longevity and comes from the Buddhist tradition. The Wanzi should not be confused with the swastika symbol of 1930s Nazi Germany, as Hitler’s swastika is inverted in the opposite direction and tipped up at an angle.

This Chinese Antique Cabinet also has carved flowers that represent the seasons of the year: Chrysanthemum (Autumn), Peony (Spring), and Lotus (Summer).

The Lotus flower also adds another layer of symbolism in that it often represents the Buddha himself. The lotus plant grows in the mud, yet the pretty bloom arises from the muck untainted, a symbol of purity and perfection, and one that represents the way of Buddhism.

The combination of symbolic objects on this charming Antique Chinese Cabinet creates a complex, multi-layered meaning that juxtaposes the fleeting nature of time (the brief life of a flower, the passing of the seasons) with that which is eternal and infinite. A nice message to ponder while enjoying a beautiful and functional piece of Chinese Antique Furniture.

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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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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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New Container Just Arrived!

Summer has arrived with a vengeance this year in South Carolina.  It was 95 degrees earlier this week while we unloaded our new container of Antique Furniture from Europe — whew!  Greg pauses for a photo before getting to work:

It took us five hours to unload because the French Antique Furniture was so heavy — our trusty helper, Frank, swears this was the heaviest load yet.  We brought in a quite a few Antique Sideboards, some of which took four men, straining, to carry off the container!

We have so many sets of Antique Dining Chairs that there is overflow between all five chairs racks!

Racks of smalls:  Antique Enamelware, Antique Chalkware, Antique Crucifixes, Antique Blue Delft, Antique Wall Clocks, and more!

It will take time to clean, wax, and photograph all of the French Antique Furniture, so it will be awhile before you’ll see everything on the website, but feel free to stop by our Gallery if you are in South Carolina, as all of the new pieces are available for viewing in person!

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,

Aimee

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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

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EuroLux Antiques has Chinoserie fever!

As you may know, EuroLux Antiques has been a premier resource for exceptional European Antique Furniture and Accessories for nearly ten years. We have specialized in high-quality, ornately carved French Antique Furniture, hand-painted Majolica, unusual Vintage Lighting, Antique Clocks, and Antique Religious Treasures.

Greg and I are very excited to announce the expansion of our Antiques offerings here at EuroLux Antiques with the introduction of exceptional Antique Furniture and Accessories from China!  These amazing pieces all have the same high quality and superb craftmanship that you’ve come to expect from EuroLux Antiques.  Our first container has just arrived and we are proud to offer these beautiful, hand-crafted pieces of Chinese Antiques.

Our friends, Mike and Anita,

(Mike is also a graduate of the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business MIBS program, like us) own a business (PassageMaker China) in Shenzhen and have lived in China for more than ten years.  Mike and Anita will now be part of the EuroLux Antiques team, scouring the Chinese countryside and hand-selecting beautiful and unique Antique Chinese Furniture and Accessories.  Anita is Chinese by birth, so her native language fluency and family connections come in handy to make sure all pieces meet our EuroLux Seal of Approval.

We will specialize in Late Qing (pronounced Ching) Dynasty Chinese Antiques, which date from the end of the 19th century, just like our French Antiques.  In Europe and China, the late 1800s saw a rising merchant class that for the first time, had disposable income to spend on purchasing furniture for their homes.  They chose ornately carved and richly decorated pieces in order to convey a sense of status,  showing off their newly-found prosperity.  Late Qing Dynasty Antique Furniture is often called the people’s furniture, and is also known as Antique Chinese Country Furniture or Antique Chinese Vernacular Furniture.  This is not the furniture that would have been made for Imperial Palaces, but instead was used and cherished by the upper middle class in their homes, and was passed down from generation to generation.

Antique Chinese Country Furniture is made from softwoods that are native to China, such as elm, walnut, fir, and cypress.  Many of the pieces were originally painted with a natural tree lacquer, or with black or vibrant red lacquer, and were carved with symbols to convey meanings for the owner.  A scrolling cloud motif was quite common and conveyed good fortune.

Repeating and overlapping geometrical patterns were often used to convey a sense of unending prosperity and the concept of infinity and were frequently used for window screens, doors, and other architectural elements.

The Europeans loved Chinese Furniture and Accessories too, and the craze for the Chinese style was called Chinoserie, which was extremely popular in the middle of the 18th century.  Now you can find, and mix and match, high-quality Antique Chinese Furniture and Antique French Furniture at EuroLux Antiques.  We have Chinoserie fever!  We find the combination of Chinese Antiques with European Antiques to be very exciting and visually appealing, and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Best wishes,

Aimee

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