Star Buy: Louis XIV Armoire Owned By Movie Critic Gene Siskel

I rarely shine the spotlight on just one item from the EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery, but this fabulous Louis XIV armoire has such a great story behind it, I’m excited to share it with you.

1710 Louis XIV armoire purchased by movie critic Gene Siskel at Biennale de Paris. On consignment at EUROLUXANTIQUES.COMThe walnut Louis XIV armoire dates to 1710, and was owned by the late movie critic, Gene Siskel. He hand-selected it for his home at the prestigious Biennale de Paris art festival in France. Greg and I were deeply honored that Mr. Siskel’s widow chose to trust the armoire to us – it’s on consignment now in our gallery.

Just imagine: This French antique was crafted more than three centuries ago when King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, was on the throne of France. It’s an extremely impressive cabinet with a rich patina on the walnut wood and a striking star design in relief on each of the two doors. It’s a star-studded armoire in every sense!

Louis XIV Armoire Star DoorsHere’s a close-up of those stars on the doors – or étoiles in French. You can really see the beauty of the walnut wood grain and patina. The timeless elegance of the Louis XIV armoire means that it would look perfectly at home in either a contemporary setting or in more traditional decor, surrounded by other antiques.

Of course, it would also be a great conversation starter when guests visit and you tell them about its unique history.

Louis XIV Armoire Interior
At nearly 7.5 feet high and more than 5 feet wide, the large armoire makes quite a style statement. The deep crown molding is exceptionally fine and the armoire rests on handsome bun feet. But let’s not be so swept away by beauty that we forget about function! The shelf space inside the large armoire provides plenty of room to store your treasures, whether you use it for family keepsakes, your best linens or your favorite cashmere sweaters and scarves.

Delivering 1710 Louis XIV Armoire to the EuroLuxAntiques.com GalleryHere’s a photo of Greg and Frank moving the wonderful period Louis XIV armoire into the gallery – drive it carefully boys, it’s precious cargo! Greg and I are movie buffs and we grew up watching Siskel and Ebert, so it is especially wonderful to help find this exceptional armoire a new home.

If you’re interested in owning this historic antique and adding the next part of the story to its journey across three centuries and two continents, you can see more details about the Louis XIV armoire at our website. In any case, I hope you enjoy the photos and the story behind it as much as I do! If you’d like to learn more about the finer points of antique armoires, check out our guide here!

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and 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!

Johnson City, TN

Antique French furniture in the Hunting style is one of our specialties here at EuroLuxAntiques.com. So when a customer buys several antique French Hunting chairs and thrones – plus an Art Deco buffet and a Spanish Renaissance table – it’s lovely to see how they incorporate these treasures into their home. When we made a personal delivery to Robert and Liz in Johnson City, Tennessee, we had the chance to do just that!

Client Spotlight: Johnson City TN by EuroLuxAntiques.comRobert and Liz live in a wonderful historic home in Johnson City that was on the city’s tour of homes last year. They have quite a few antiques in their home, but it’s a beautiful house from the outside too. I could relax on that shady veranda all day!
Antique French Hunting Chairs & Thrones, vintage Spanish Renaissance table, Art Deco buffet from EuroLuxAntiques.com
They purchased from us a 1950s Spanish Renaissance table in oak, a set of six oak antique French Hunting chairs (circa. 1890) and a pair of French Hunting Thrones, also in oak, dating to 1880. The whole dining room looks magnificent. Robert and Liz also bought a pretty 1920s German Art Deco buffet.

 

French Hunting thrones at the head of the table - what a great dining room! EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s another photo of one of the larger French Hunting thrones. The two thrones are placed at the head of the table to seat the host and hostess, or perhaps the thrones are reserved for the guests of honor?

The smaller antique French Hunting chairs line the sides of the table. This shot really shows the amazing carving on the stately thrones, complete with barley twists.

 

Art Deco buffet completes the dining room from EuroLuxAntiques.comThe 1920s German Art Deco buffet is also crafted from oak. As you can see, there is plenty of space to store all their china, silver, and table linens for when guests come to dine. I love how well the Art Deco buffet blends with the older antique French Hunting style furniture.

 

A piano is a finishing touch to the traditional decor in this very comfortable and welcoming home. EuroLuxAntiques.comA piano is a finishing touch to the traditional decor in this very comfortable and welcoming home. I can just picture everyone gathering around the piano for some after-dinner entertainment, or even a traditional sing-along.

 

 

 

Vintage Chevrolet - red for maximum va-va-voom! EuroLuxAntiques.comRobert and Liz also have an awesome old early 1950s Chevrolet parked out back that we greatly admired! They were such very nice folks and we enjoyed spending time chatting with them.

We mostly use professional companies that specialize in moving antique furniture to deliver EuroLux Antiques purchases to our customers, but sometimes Greg and I take time out of the gallery to hit the road and deliver antiques ourselves. I’m so glad we did this one personally. It was wonderful to meet Robert and Liz and to see their delightful home!

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!

The Vintage Art of Writing Letters

The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920
The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920

It may seem old-fashioned to write a proper snail mail letter in these days of text messages, emails, and social media. But it’s that old-fashioned quality – the novelty of it! – that makes it special to receive a real letter. It puts a smile on someone’s face. As Phyllis Theroux said: “To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”

We call this blog Letters from EuroLux because it feels like we’re penning a note directly to you, our friends interested in traditional and antique furnishings and lifestyle, home decor, and design. Some people call letter writing a lost art… we prefer to call it a vintage art!

Vintage Art of Writing LettersEven if there’s no specific reason to write to someone, like a thank you letter, you can always write to people you haven’t been in touch with lately, just to tell them your news. Or send a note of appreciation to someone who had an influence on you – a mentor or teacher, perhaps. Or send a letter to a family member or friend, even if you’re frequently in touch. They’re bound to be delighted. It’s a great way to slow down and reflect on what a person means to us, and to tell them things we wouldn’t always say in the rush of an email.

Vintage French Oak Secretary Desk from EuroLuxAntiques.comLetter writing is even more of a pleasure when you have a nice pen, some attractive notepaper, and a beautiful writing desk! We love the customized stationery at Iomoi, in classic designs with a contemporary edge. (Or “tradition with a wink” as they describe it.) We also love this vintage 1950 French Oak Secretary Desk at EuroLuxAntiques.com, with beautiful carving and a fab Fleur de Lis motif. The desk has plenty of drawers, shelves, and a cubby hole to tuck away your writing gear and the letters you’ve received yourself!

Antique French Gothic Desk with Keyboard Tray from EuroLuxAntiques.comThe vintage art of writing letters meets the 21st century! If you prefer to write your letters by computer, rather than by hand, and print them out to sign and mail, the recipient will be just as pleased. This heavily carved antique French Gothic solid oak desk dating to 1850 has been updated with the addition of a pull-out keyboard tray. So you can have the traditional feel of an authentic antique desk (standing over 6 feet high – whew, that’s big enough for all your home office bits and pieces!) and all the benefits of modern communications.

Letters of the Century: America 1900-1999. Get inspiration for your letters from Mark Twain and Charlie Chaplain
For inspiration, check out the book Letters of the Century: America 1900-1999. The book features letters written by ordinary folk capturing moments in history, and letters by famous people including Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, and Charlie Chaplain.

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and 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!

 

New Container of Antique Furniture Just Arrived!

Although today is April 1st, it’s no joke that we just had an antique explosion at the EuroLux Antiques Gallery!EuroLuxGallery

Our latest container, filled to the brim with antique furniture, antique chairs, and vintage lighting, just arrived from France recently and I thought you might enjoy seeing photos of the EuroLux family unloading it!

 

Our 40 foot container was scheFrank,-James,-Greg,-Thereseduled to arrive at 8 am, but the trucker was already pulling into Newberry, SC when he called me at 7:15 am! We helped him back up to our back door and the hard work began.

Frank, on the ramp, is our Jack-of-All-Trades at EuroLux, and has been part of the family for the past 10 years. We sure appreciate him, as he has helped us unload every single container since we started our business. He brought along James and his grandson, Germaine, to help out.

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Therese-with-chairGreg usually stays in the container and helps Frank carefully pull out each piece of antique furniture, while Therese and I carry in antique chairs.

230chairs!

 

 

It normally takes us about five hours to unload a container full of antique furniture, but we hit a new record of two hours flat this time. Team score!

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More than 230 antique chairs just arrived on this container, so we will have some great sets of antique dining chairs soon. Kathy worked on unwrapping the chairs, while Frank and Germaine worked on unwrapping all of the pieces of antique furniture.

 

Antique Furniture

Many folks don’t realize that French antique furniture normally comes apart in pieces, so that it is easier to transport and carry into your home. After a container lands, we have a giant game of memory matching up all of the tops with the bottoms and middles!

After everything was unpacked, Therese organized the chairs into sets so that we could put them away into our chair racks. Then we all went out for salad and pizza buffet to celebrate another job well done.

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AimeeAvatarAimee 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!

Antiques Buying Trip Day 3: Gummi Couture

Sometimes when I’m tired, I get a little silly.  On the third day of our Antiques Buying Trip in Europe, I believe jet-lag was catching up with us, as evidenced by my explanation of gummi bear couture.  Despite the long days, I hope you’re still along for the ride as we search the French and Belgian countryside looking for wonderful antique furniture and vintage lighting to bring back to EuroLux Antiques.

Care for a handful of gummi bears?  I’ll gladly share.  I don’t eat them very often in the US, but I love to partake in my secret indulgence on European antiques buying trips!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 2: Join us for Lunch!

Most of our customers volunteer to come on our antiques buying trips, so we thought we’d bring you along on our most recent trip to France and Belgium to stock up on antique furniture and vintage lighting.

We’ve stopped at the grocery store and are now enjoying lunch in the van – won’t you join us?

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EuroLux Antiques has been on Facebook for quite awhile, but now it’s even easier to follow us with a fun, EuroLuxAntiques.com Fan Page!  Just click the big LIKE button at the top of the page in order to continue to see our posts in your Facebook newstream.

We’ll post interesting articles and blogs about antiquing in Europe, such as how to get to this market in France.

We’ll also tell you about life as antiques dealers in a small southern town.  For instance, today we were busy taking photos of newly arrived inventory and a couple of our charming pets decided to help out.  That’s Minkey the Siamese cat sprawled out on the chair and Jake, a springer spaniel lab mix, to the right.  We’re always telling them they need to get a job – I guess they took it to heart today.

We’ll also let you know when we send out newsletters or coupons.  You’ll be the first to find out about a sale or newly arrived inventory.  It’s just a great way to stay in touch with us, and best of all, it makes it easy for you to tell us what you think!

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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

 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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Welcome to the EuroLux Antiques Blog!

Well hi there!  Thanks for dropping by.  The EuroLux Antiques Blog is a new feature of our website and I’ll post new messages on a weekly basis.  It is my goal to use this forum as a way to share my knowledge of European and Asian Antique Furniture with you and to open a dialogue so that you can ask questions.

I also plan to have a Customer Spotlight feature, where we’ll show photos of our pieces in their newly-found homes.  If you purchase a piece from EuroLux Antiques, we’d love to see it in your collection!  Please send photos! And as you’ve probably guessed – we love animals!  If you can get your pet to pose with your new piece, that’s even better!

Meet my wonderful Siamese cat, Minkey.  (My husband, Greg, doesn’t think he’s so wonderful — he likes to call him Stinky Minkey.)  If you visit us here at our Antiques Gallery in Newberry, South Carolina, you may find Minkey in his usual place, sprawled out on the front desk.  I think he’s actually smiling for the camera.

So please stop by and check out our Blog from time to time!

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