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Art Deco Buffets: Classic Art Deco Style

Art Deco Buffet 18-33A while ago I wrote about how to identify Art Deco furniture and decorative items in my post: What is the Art Deco Style of Antiques?   We recently had a container shipped from France with some beautiful antique Art Deco buffets and they are such fine examples of Art Deco, I’m using those pieces to show you more details of the style.

As a reminder, the Art Deco style was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, reflecting the modern thinking of the Jazz Age and a new taste for sleek and streamlined furniture and architecture.

Prominent and well-defined curves and lines are key elements of the style. This curvy 1920 Art Deco buffet (right, item 18-33) is a fabulous example, 

Art Deco Buffet 18-25The hotels of Miami’s South Beach and Manhattan’s iconic Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building are great examples of Art Deco architecture. Applied decoration is also important to the Art Deco look, including stylized floral designs, sunbursts, and geometrics.

This 1920 buffet (item 18-25) from our recent shipment creates a striking architectural silhouette with the curved posts supporting the upper hutch. Elegant floral carvings across the doors add a decorative accent, as do the dramatic metal handles. It is simply impossible to ignore the attention-grabbing allure of an authentic Art Deco buffet. Although the style is streamlined, it is not shy!

Art Deco Buffet Antique 18-38Part of the sleek appeal of Art Deco furniture lies in the use of glossy and shiny materials, including glass, mirror, lacquered finishes and metals. That reflective edge creates much of the glamor we associate with Art Deco. It always looks ready for a party! This walnut buffet dating to 1920 (item 18-38) has plenty of gloss in the mirror-backed upper hutch with a glass door. The mirror panel in the center of the buffet behind the posts reflects light too, above the impressive red/black/grey marble counter. Shine up your chrome cocktail shaker and dress up in your finest Roaring Twenties outfit!

French Art Deco Buffet 18-35Marble had been used in architecture since ancient times, of course, but when Art Deco furniture makers started using it, it added that opulence we expect of Art Deco. It is luxurious, but in a very modern way. This French Art Deco buffet (item 18-35) boasts three slabs of black marble as counters in addition to the mirrored back and glass-front cabinet. By now, you’ll recognize that the bold linear design on the cabinet front, topped by carved exotic foliage, is typical of the Art Deco style.

Marble on Art Deco Buffet 18-35Here’s a close-up of the black marble, so you can see how attractive the pattern is against the curving carved posts.

To see more of the exceptional design details from this era, take a look at all our antique Art Deco Buffets. It’s is appropriate that they are French buffets because Art Deco was named after the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925. This event showcased many of the exciting new designs.

You might also enjoy my post about our customer Betty in Florida who bought an Art Deco buffet for her unusual vintage home!

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French Antiques Discount and Home Decor Deals

We just received a container from France with our latest picks of wonderful antique French furniture. This time we picked out some stunning Art Deco buffets and sideboards too and we ‘re offering a 15% discount on these and everything at EuroLuxHome.com.

Through April 25 get 15% off your entire order – whether antique, vintage, or new – plus our always-free shipping when you enter the coupon code at checkout: SpringFling

Hunting Server SideboardIt’s the perfect way to celebrate spring by giving your home a fresh new look. Or treat your mom for Mother’s Day! If you have a wedding on the horizon and need a gift, you might find the perfect piece and save money too with the discount.

You might be surprised at the reasonable prices to snap up some unique antique French furniture, especially when our prices include free shipping.

This antique French Hunting server dating to 1880 would be a fantastic wedding gift. The pair of griffins carved at the top of this splendid oak sideboard will keep protective watch over the happy couple and make sure all their dinner parties are festive occasions!

Art Deco BuffetThis is just one of the selection of beautiful Art Deco buffets that arrived in our new container of antiques from France.

Dating to 1920, this curvy beauty is a superb example of Jazz Age opulence, carved in walnut wood with exotic fruits and foliage. The counter top is dramatic black and white marble to create a sexy surface for your martini glasses. The mirror back between the top hutch and the lower cabinet also adds glamor. The glass door cabinet at top lets you show off your Art Deco collectibles.

Shine up your cocktail shaker and prepare to party! Antique French Gothic Cabinet

For something completely different and very special, this extraordinary antique French Gothic cabinet is sure to be the signature piece in any room. The 1850 antique French Gothic cabinet is intricately carved in oak. It looks like it should live in a medieval castle (maybe it did, some time over the last 170 years!) but at 53 inches high it’s also nicely sized for a modern home.

Set Vintage French Dining Chairs 1930Among the super sets of vintage and antique dining chairs that just arrived, this set of 6 pretty French Rococo chairs is a feast for the eyes. The Louis XV Rococo dining chairs date to about 1930. The decorative silhouette of the walnut wood and cane chairs creates a light and elegant look – perfect for a dining room where you don’t want too much bulky furniture.

Cyan Design Lindley Table LampYou can use your 15% discount on all of our new furniture, lighting and home decor accents too.

If you have been searching for a contemporary table lamp with classic appeal, this new Cyan Design Lindley Table Lamp could be your perfect spring fling!

Standing nearly 3 feet high, the iron and wood lamp makes a gorgeous visual impression, with all those elegant swirls and flourishes. The burlap shade has a nice textural effect too. The rectangular shape of the lamp – just under 8 inches deep – makes it a good choice for a slender table where you need a lamp that can be tucked back a little. It looks fabulous but it doesn’t have a big round base or shade that is going to intrude too much on your surface space!

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique, vintage, and high-quality new furniture and home decor accents. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: SpringFling

The offer is valid through Monday April 25, 2016. Happy spring and happy antiques and home decor shopping!

AimeeAvatarAimee 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 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

The Art Deco Bedroom

Our EuroLux Home Houzz page has already been featured in many Houzz.com ideabooks and we’ve even won a Best of Houzz 2015 award for our customer service! But it’s still a thrill when I receive an email saying “Hi Aimee, Congratulations! You were hand-picked by one of our writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz.”

Ambella Home Art Deco Bed ManhattanThe latest piece of happy news from Houzz was to inform us that this Ambella Home bed from the Manhattan collection was featured in an ideabook on The Beguiling Art Deco Bedroom. Who could resist that title? The article talks about how Art Deco “exuded both opulence and minimalism” with glittering finishes and stark style lines.  Ambella Home Bed Headboard Manhattan

The Ambella Home Manhattan bed, which comes in both king and queen sizes, clearly reflects the Art Deco look perfectly! Glamour comes calling in the beautifully crafted white leather-like headboard upholstery, studded with a classic pattern in silver-tone nickel nailheads. The wood base makes a sleek partner to the headboard.

People say that styles come back around every 50 and 100 years, and Art Deco is definitely “hot” right now. You can see the Art Deco influence in the Hollywood Regency furniture I’ve written about recently. Our own 1920s vintage bungalow dates to the same era.

French Art Deco Buffet

We have some great Art Deco buffets and other furniture coming soon on our next container of antiques from France.

That transatlantic ship should arrive in a month or two, and we can’t wait to unwrap the pieces of antique French furniture that we bought!

This is a photo of my favorite Art Deco buffet due to arrive in that next delivery of French antiques. The beautifully carved lines make it so distinctive and you really can’t replicate the warm and mellow tones of the aged wood.

This unusual Art Deco bar cabinet will arrive in the same container of antiques. It is photographed against a strange hot pink wall, but please don’t hold that against it!
Art Deco Bar Cabinet Antique

The carvings and gleaming mirror and glass are all gorgeous. And looking at this, it’s crazy to think that the excitement of the jazz age was really a whole century ago…

I’ll write a blog post about Art Deco soon as part of my series about learning furniture history and styles. Then I can talk more about the details and feel of the Art Deco style and show you more fantastically decadent photos.

Till then, you can browse the entire Houzz ideabook on The Beguiling Art Deco Bedroom. Sweet dreams!

AimeeAvatarAimee 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. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

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.

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 that profoundly affected our global consciousness, and which, of course, was reflected in the art and design of the 1920s and 1930s.

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, 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.

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog!

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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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