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Antique of the Week ~ Grand French Renaissance Hunt Buffet

Antique French EngravingHand-crafted on a grand scale from solid old-growth oak, this magnificent mid-19th Century French Renaissance Hunt Buffet will be an excellent choice as a bookcase or display case as well! Soaring over nine feet tall, it features scenes depicting the bounty of the earth appear on the rounded cabinet doors below with hen pheasants on the two center doors~all in glorious full relief sculpture. The serving surface is created by two carved pediments that support the upper glazed tier with candle shelves flanking each side of this amazing piece of antique furniture, leading the eye up to the exquisite pierce-carved drown on top.French Antique BuffetSuch pieces were commissioned by affluent Europeans during the middle of the 19th century to display their books, which were considered prized possessions in and of themselves, and to illustrate  the fact that the proud owner was also afforded a higher education which was reserved only for the top 1% of the population, if not less! An impressive status symbol of its day, such magnificent works of the cabinetmaker’s art can be prized and adored for many more generations to come.
Circa 1840s, this piece measures 108H x 81W x 23D.

We have even more examples to view in our Bookcases section of our website, as well as the China Buffets section!

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Antique Bargain Brocante of the Week ~ Antique French Writing Desk

Antique French EngravingThe antique writing desk for most of its time was a place of reflection, a space where one could pen long, heartfelt letters to a dear friend. Today we mostly use this type of antique furniture for laptops, quick meals, and as side tables.

In the case of this antique hand-carved desk, you can do all those things while sitting at a beautifully painted patina finish top, enjoying the history of the past and versatility of the present. What makes this lovely desk even sweeter is its Bargain Brocante price!

Antique Furniture Antique Writing DeskJust click the photo to go to our website and see this lovely item and many others, including the two cute chairs in this photos. They are are also an amazing deal, directly from France at wholesale prices.

Antique Writing Desk Table

If you’re looking for a desk that doesn’t have the typical visual weight, this Antique Painted Writing Table is for you!  Rounded edges are “space-friendly”, and pair of drawers adds just enough functionality and ample storage for the 21st century home office or study.  The elegant scrolled and carved legs with the stretcher add stylistic flair, a painted accent details and authentic metal wheels add a dash of pizzazz. Because of its versatile size, you can use this desk as a sofa table or small kitchen dining table for two if you prefer. (2402-39478)

Antique ChairThese 19th Century French Neoclassical Painted Chairs makes a great choice for a more elegant room, or perhaps a desk chair or just a convenient, attractive occasional chair for any room!  Neoclassic styling includes arbalette seatback crown, with subtle spiral ribbon and acanthus rosette accents.  Painted finish has achieved a lovely patina over the past century.Antique Chair

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Antique of the Week ~ Antique French Louis XVI Bedroom Set

Antique French EngravingSince the early days of the French monarchy, antique furniture styles have followed the lead of the Royal French Court. From the moment the royal wedding in 1770 of the daughter of the Emperor of Austria, known to us as Marie Antoinette, and Louis-Auguste of France, who was to become King of France only four years later, her interest in ancient Greece and Rome, and the classic architecture and furniture those civilizations produced, started to exert its influence on the preferred styles of the court, eventually resulting in what today is known as the Louis XVI style.

Antique Bedroom Set

The Queen of France was also known for her exquisitely romantic bedroom furniture and appointments, the influence of which can be seen in Versailles today, and which is reflected in the Louis XVI style throughout the 19th century. A splendid example of this romanticism and classic design is our choice this week of a truly special antique three-piece bedroom set.

Antique Armoire Antique Armoire

Antique Bedroom Set Bed Antique Nightstand

From its stately architecture with its tailored lines and fluted corner posts which so resemble the fluted columns of ancient Greece, to the elaborately cast and hand-chased bronze ormolu mounts, this three piece bedroom set exudes a timelessness that has maintained its appeal for over two millennia!  Upon closer examination, we discover that exotic mueche mahogany was used, a wood imported from North and South America’s tropical regions with a unique grain variation.  This highly prized wood provides the perfect backdrop for the jewelry-like quality of the bronze ormolu mounts, which depict rosettes, exquisite floral and foliate motifs, and even the ribbon that appears to band together the fluted corner posts which is a reference to the fascis carried into the Roman Senate to mark the beginning of a session.  Hand-crafted by extraordinarily talented artisans in the 19th century, our own 21st century in-house artisans have transformed the bed to accommodate a Queen size mattress set by crafting rail extensions, leaving the headboard and footboard intact and original.

French Antique Furniture

French Antique Furniture We are certain Queen Marie Antoinette would approve!

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 Inessa Stewart

Antiques in Style is a source of joy for me to create, and hopefully will be a source of inspiration for you! The variety, artistry and history of the antiques and vintage pieces that surround us every day provide pleasure, beauty and sometimes even intrigue.

The classics never go out of style, and each era, country, and even artisan's interpretations create an environment that is always full of surprises.

It is truly a pleasure to bring such timeless style together for every client and follower of my blog. And of course, your input is always welcome!

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