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Antiques Buying Trip: English Grandfather Clocks

Antiques buying trip Greg DrivingIf you’ve been following the story of our antiques buying trip in France and Belgium, you’ll remember that on our last stop we arrived in England where our hotel overlooked the fantastically beautiful Lincoln Cathedral.

Now it was time to hit the road and go antiques hunting!  Greg managed to drive us around all day on the wrong side of the road from the wrong side of the rental car and not hit anything!

Grandfather clocks July 11

We were in Lincoln to meet up with antique clock dealers, and we were especially on the hunt for handsome antique grandfather clocks. We found them!

Antique Grandfather Clocks

We also visited Hardwick Hall, built in the 1590s by Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, or Bess of Hardwick as she is often known. Bess of Hardwick is one of my favorite historical figures as she was the second wealthiest woman in England after Elizabeth I, which was unheard of during Elizabethan times.

Hardwick Hall, England

Bess of Hardwick“Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall” is a local saying, because it was so rare for houses to have glass windows back in Elizabethan England.  Glass was very expensive and of course it is fragile, so you had to have lots of money to afford it.

Bess of Hardwick was a shrewd businesswoman and she had both the cash and the vision for this innovative house. You can just about see her initials ES on top of the turrets of the house. This is a portrait of her.

July 13 bed

 
Inside the house there are many fine Elizabethan tapestries and embroidered textiles, Ming dynasty ceramics, 17th and 18th century tester beds and other antiques.

The Sea-Dog Table is one famous piece, made in Paris in about 1570. It is ornately carved in walnut with mythical beasts — winged dogs with fishes’ tails

Antique French Table

Bletchley ParkFast forward from the 16th century to the 20th century… During our trip to England we also enjoyed a day off with a visit to Bletchley Park where Alan Turing and the code breakers worked during World War II.  It used to be a top-secret location but now it’s open to the public.  It’s a very different house to Hardwick Hall and a very different piece of history, but just as fascinating.

I can’t wait to share photos with you of the antique clocks and furniture and vintage chandeliers we bought in Europe on our buying trip, but that will have to wait until the container arrives and we can unpack everything!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sports Decor – Olympic Inspiration at Home!

With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games catching everyone’s attention, I thought it would be fun to look at some arty and nostalgic sports decor that will fit gracefully into your home, even if you’re not the sporty type! But it you DO play tennis or golf or love watching the gymnasts do their thing, you’ll definitely like these!

Vintage Tennis art printAnyone for tennis? I love this Edwardian style couple ready to serve up in a game of mixed doubles. How on earth did women play tennis in skirts like that? Let alone the wasp waist corset and the perky little hat! This is one of the amazing vintage art prints we’ve started to stock from a collection of vintage art.

The vintage prints are restored and digitally reprinted and they are available framed and printed on fine art paper (Giclee) and canvas. We have so many different images with so many subjects, the easiest way to find one is to do a search by topic on our antiques and home decor website.

vintage Delft clock sailing boatsHistorically, when you look back over more than a century to 1896, the USA along with Great Britain have won many more medals for sailing than any other country competing in the Olympic Games,  This charming vintage Delft clock dating to around 1950 celebrates sailing with a hand-painted vista of a sailing regatta. The vintage clock is perfect for a boating enthusiast or to decorate a coastal home.

Cycle Vintage Art PrintThe USA has already won a gold medal for road cycling at the 2016 Olympics, but I don’t think the road cycling at the games is quite the same as the rather racy cycling in this vintage art print.  I’m pretty sure the competitors don’t get to ride along with their arm on the shoulder of a motorcyclist!

Still, this fantastic Art Deco Favor cycling print is so streamlined and chic, I had to show it to you.

 

Polo horse player bookends

Horseback polo is no longer part of the Olympics, but it was an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1936. I wonder why they dropped it when there are still so many other equestrian events? Anyway, here’s an interesting fact for you: The United States did actually compete in those games and won several medals for polo! The new polo player bookends in the photo are hand-cast and hand-painted as a custom order. The resin bookends are beautifully detailed. Gymnasts sculpture cast iron

Our American gymnasts have done brilliantly at the Olympics, and the sculpture of these two male gymnasts shows the grace, strength and poise typical of the best gymnasts.

The new sculpture is cast in iron and it stands on a marble base. It’s an elegant 34 inches high,  so it makes a great focal point for a space that can take a narrow but nearly 3 feet tall signature piece.

The style is reminiscent of classic sculptures and it has a wonderful sense of aspiration. It is weighty in its substance but somehow also light and heart-lifting.
I could look at this piece all day!

Golfer BookendsWe have a lot of home decor for golfers in our online store, probably because it’s such a popular sport.

Our pieces include golf statues and bookends and other golf decor including wall sconces, vases, and vintage art prints.

I saw that a British golfer just scored the first ever hole-in-one at the Olympic Games – how cool is that? He must be very pleased with himself.

This vintage style chap is certainly swinging for a hole-in-one! The hand-cast and hand-painted bookends are a wonderful gift for any golfer.

Vintage Art Print Golf Monte CarloAnd for the lady golfers, this young woman also looks like she’s aiming for a medal. She’s very determined.

The Monte Carlo golf vintage art print has such a wonderful feel to it, with her billowing white skirt, the bright blue sea and the puffy clouds in the sky.  It’s just very exhilarating and it takes us back to a more innocent era. Also, an era when she probably had a servant to launder her white clothes and keep them so immaculately white after a day on the golf course :-) But let’s not let our nostalgia get bogged down with reality. This vintage art is pure wonderful escapism!

But do you think this guy can escape….?

Vintage Wrestler Headlock Art printHeld in a headlock, I wonder if this guy can get away from his wrestling opponent? This is one of several vintage art prints of wrestlers that we stock – it’s marvelous, isn’t it?
As this post is published, we are going in to a weekend of wrestling competitions at the Rio Games. The USA has many wrestlers competing, so good luck to them and GO USA!
At the very least, I hope they give their opponents some attitude like this wrestler does.

What’s your favorite sport at the games?  Do you have an sport themed decor in your home? We’d love to hear about it… just tell us in the comment box.

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.

Client Spotlight: Brittany Antique Longcase Clock

Antique Brittany ClockTick tock, tick tock! A few months have passed since our customer Loren G. in McKinney, TX, sent photos of the antique Brittany clock that she bought from us. Now it’s time to show you Loren’s lovely home where the antique French longcase clock marks the days in style.

This is the French Breton-style grandfather clock, dating to about 1880 or 1900 and crafted in chestnut wood with an elaborately hand-carved case. The gorgeous antique clock shows scenes from daily life in Brittany, France, as is typical of Brittany style antique furniture.

Around the enamel clock face, pressed brass decorative detail depicting bouquets of flowers suggest that it might have been made as a wedding gift for some lucky couple.  Here is the clock in Loren’s house.

French Antique Clock

The pendulum is adorned with glorious sunflowers and the lower door features carved grape leaves, symbolizing joie de vivre and abundant good wishes for the married couple.
I love how authentic it looks against those Belle Epoque style swagged red drapes.

French Antique Grandfather Clock

This photo shows the longcase clock with the other furniture in the room. Loren has done a delightful job in her pairing of the dining table and chairs and the clock, as well as with her perfect choice of accessories. That chandelier! Those candles! And that handsome wood floor too! It provides the perfect backdrop for the space.


The antique French clock strikes the hour and half hour and if you want to hear what the strike sounds like, you can hear it on our YouTube video. It’s only 23 seconds long but we got a bit arty with that video and the French backing music! The clock strike is very pretty.

Antique Clock being packed for transitWhen Loren purchased the antique Brittany clock from us, we crated it very carefully to make sure it arrived safely. This photo shows the packing process. You can see that there was NO WAY we were going to let any harm come to that precious cargo on its way to Texas. I’m only surprised that one of the cats didn’t end up traveling WITH the clock. You know how they are about jumping into any box to make it home!

A big thank you to Loren for sending us photos of this impressive grandfather clock looking so wonderful in its new home.

If you like the Brittany traditional decor style, then browse more of my blog posts about Brittany antique furniture. If you are looking for a clock, you’re sure to find something that will tick with your decor in our selection of antique-inspired, vintage and antique clocks.

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.

Spring Cleaning Antiques Deals

Greg and I are busy spring cleaning and sorting out some of our older inventory, which means you can pick up some great antiques deals as we cut prices on pieces that are still waiting for a good home! If you’ve had your eye on something you liked, now is the time to mosey on over to EuroLuxAntiques.com and see if we’ve reduced the price. Discounts on selected treasures are mostly around 40% off – sometimes more!

Our spring cleaning antiques deals include furniture, vintage lighting and other smaller items and decorative accents too.

Renaissance buffet in our spring cleaning antiques deals Although spring cleaning usually sounds like a chore, we’re really enjoying sorting through our stock. We always pride ourselves on our good value, but during the 10th anniversary year of our business we’ve got even more excuse to say ‘thank you’ to our cherished customers with some superb antiques deals.

For example, this fine antique French Renaissance Henry II buffet dating to 1900 has been significantly reduced to $2,820. When you consider the price of a modern buffet or serving hutch, we think that this beautifully carved oak antique buffet is a steal! At nearly nine feet high and six feet wide, the large Renaissance style buffet offers tons of serving and storage space, including a full-length plate rack. The swags and floral and medallion carvings on the doors make this a very nicely crafted piece.

Our Antiques deals include this amazing vintage French chandelier I’m sure that someone with a taste for romance will quickly snap up this amazing French vintage Rococo chandelier in the Marie Theresa style. One of my favorite spring cleaning antiques deals, the sparkly glass and metal 6-arm chandelier drips with clear jewel pendants and it’s studded with pretty rosettes. Delightful for a bedroom, foyer, or even a fancy master bath, the 25″ high vintage chandelier has now been ‘spring cleaned’ down to $580. That’s nearly half price!

 

Mueller ClockSmart investors might take note of this very rare antique clock signed by the famous clock manufacturer Nicholas Mueller’s Sons. The intricate antique Rococo clock is dated April 25 1882 on the works and it still runs and strikes the hour too! The highly detailed sculpture of a woman carrying wheat and feeding a lamb is probably the Greek goddess Demeter or the Roman Ceres, both goddesses of the harvest and fertility. We’ve slashed the price of the metal and black marble Nicholas Mueller’s Sons clock to $2,610. I might regret it tomorrow, but for now I’m in spring cleaning frenzy!

Delft and Ceramics antiques dealsI’m even taking a clean sweep to selected antique and vintage Delft, Majolica, and ceramics.  I’ll miss some of these lovely pieces as they are so decorative around the gallery, but I’m consoled by knowing they will brighten someone’s home!

To see all our spring cleaning antiques deals, browse our online EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery. The final discount price doesn’t always show on the home page, so click through to the individual item details to see the lowest spring fling price! Don’t forget our always-free shipping in the Continental US and much of Canada. Happy shopping and happy Easter!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, 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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Thanksgiving Thank You: 20% Off at EuroLux Antiques

I’m thrilled to announce our annual Black Friday deal giving 20% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com. But we’ve stretched our special offer over a whole week! Starting today, November 24, until Tuesday December 3 you will get 20% off your entire order (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: HappyHolidays 

EuroLux Antiques Greg and I want to give you plenty of time to shop at leisure, not just on Black Friday. Small Business Saturday on November 30 encourages shoppers to support small, family-run businesses…like ours! Then there is Cyber Monday. While we’re a small business, we have a big online presence. And at Thanksgiving, we like to thank our customers with a bonus discount on our already low prices. A portion of every sale goes to Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC. So the homeless pets thank you for your custom too!

Here are some ideas for unique gifts for your loved ones, or just for your own home. The 20% discount code HappyHolidays is valid on everything from fine antique furniture to home decor accents.

antique buffetThe classic style of this antique French Renaissance oak buffet or sideboard will fit beautifully into any decor. We love the playful princes or courtiers carved on the upper doors – they’ll bring a touch of regal fun to any dinner party! The impressive 1920 sideboard stands more than 8 feet tall, with ample drawer and cupboard space and a spindle rail just above the serving surface to display your blue and white Delftware plates or other collectibles.

Antique French nightstandThe gray marble top on this antique French nightstand looks so pretty against the walnut marquetry. Dating to 1900, the nightstand would be lovely at your bedside or in the guest bedroom, with a useful drawer and cupboard and a lower shelf for your bedtime reading. But it’s also a delightful accent table in a living room or hallway – even the powder room!

antique French clockFound at an antiques market in France, this antique Rococo clock was made in 1890. It’s a great pick for a wine fans as the farmer figure standing on the black marble base is admiring the fruits of his labor – clusters of juicy grapes! The clock is still in working order and it is signed by the maker, Ferlet. It is also marked with the name of the French village where it was created: Brienon.

Aubusson Pillows
We’ve just started carrying these gorgeous new handmade Aubusson throw pillows.  They are the perfect complement to the antique furniture in our gallery, crafted with the same centuries-old techniques used by historic French Aubusson weavers. These are just a few of our many classic handmade Aubusson throw pillows. Click the links for details on:
1)  Hand-Woven Silk Floral Throw Pillow
2) Hand-Embroidered Long Throw Pillow
3) Dog Throw Pillow (we’ve got pillows with horses, ducks, and chickens too!)
4) Hand-Woven Classic Square Throw Pillow
5) Hand-Woven Red Fleur-De-Lis Throw Pillow
6) Hand-Woven Wool Floral Long Throw Pillow

 

tiffany lamp

This classic Wisteria Dale Tiffany lamp is hand-crafted with the same techniques used by the master glass artist himself: Louis Comfort Tiffany. The bronze base with an antique verde finish is artfully designed to look like a tree trunk. The hand-rolled art glass canopy of leaves and petals falls gracefully into a delicately shaped edge. The heirloom-quality lamp is bound to add a touch of natural beauty to your living room or bedroom… and dare we say romance too? Know any newly-weds?

USS Constitution Model Ship

 

 

A hand-crafted model of the U.S.S. Constitution makes a terrific gift for the sailor or history fan in your life! This museum-quality model of “Old Ironsides” is more than two feet high, with its own unique serial number. Yes, it does come fully assembled! Made by family business artisans, each ship takes the craftsman hundreds of hours to make by hand, using the same plank-on-frame method used for real ships. Every detail is true-to-life, including the brass fittings and metal cannons.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique furniture from Europe and Asia, vintage chandeliers, antique religious treasures, Ambella Home Collection furnishings, and other high-quality reproduction furniture. Then take 20% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code HappyHolidays

The offer is valid from November 24 to December 3, 2013. Happy shopping!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Great Gatsby Style

I haven’t seen the new movie The Great Gatsby yet. (Greg and I are busy catching up after our 2900 Mile Road Trip to Boston to deliver antique furniture!)

But I’m enjoying all the buzz about the 1920s Great Gatsby style in the movie, from the chic flapper clothes to the period 1920s interiors. It looks like the costumes and sets are fantastic and of course we love seeing the vintage decor. Here’s Leonardo DiCaprio playing Jay Gatsby in his lavish mansion.

Those cascades of elegant white flowers are so wonderful, but he doesn’t look very happy about it, does he? I suppose he’s got more to worry about than his floral arrangements. I’m convinced those pretty pastel French macaroons are the same ones I wrote about in my post about how to hold a tea party with a recipe for Macarons Aux Amandes. Perhaps he’s resisting all those tasty treats for fear of messing up his pristine suit!

Daisy from The Great Gatsby would love this blue and white 1920s Delft ginger jar! If you’re looking to add a touch of Great Gatsby style to your home, I think Daisy Buchanan (played in the movie by Carey Mulligan) would have loved this large antique Delft ceramic ginger jar, dating to the 1920s. The graceful and sophisticated blue and white floral pattern is perfect for Daisy, as she so often wore white and surrounded herself with fresh white decor. If you take the lid off the jar, it would make a great ornamental vase to display a flourish of blossoms, too, as in the Jay Gatsby photo above.

 

 

Great Gatsby style 1920 Art Deco wall clock with grape carvings for your champagne lifestyle!Tom Buchanan (played by Joel Edgerton) might opt for this 1920s French Art Deco wall clock. He – and wine lovers today – would appreciate the grape carvings on the corners of the clock. Tom would see the grapes as a sly joke, as everyone in The Great Gatsby spends a lot of time partying with champagne, despite the fact that the story is set during the Prohibition era! The 22 inch high Art Deco clock is also just a superb example of Great Gatsby style.

 

Great Gatsby style: Jay Gatsby might like this 1920 French Renaissance-style oak buffet with plenty of space for bootleg liquorJay Gatsby always chose the best of everything, so I think he’d like this distinctive 1920 French Renaissance-style oak buffet. It’s more than eight feet tall, so there’s plenty of room for Mr Gatsby’s bootleg liquor and fancy glassware and china, and discreet drawer space for his secret documents that he doesn’t want the world to see! He’d appreciate the refined details, especially the pair of carved courtiers or princes on the upper doors, and the distinctive leaves and fruit embellishing the lower doors. As Gatsby so much enjoyed being the gracious host at his ‘roaring twenties’ parties, the sideboard would be an ideal piece of furniture for his 1920s home!

Do you enjoy the Great Gatsby style of home decor and dressing? Have you seen the movie? I’d love to hear what you think – tell us in the comments below!

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!

Vintage Color Accents in Neutral Rooms

A room decorated in neutral colors is always so relaxing. Earthy natural tones tend to be warm and welcoming, while gray or white often create a sophisticated atmosphere. But a pop of color from antique or vintage furnishings or accessories can enhance the neutral decor even more. The color accent also provides a focal point for the space. Check out these vintage color accents for inspiration!

Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com in her home in India. The antique enamelware lends an authentic and subtle dash of color to this beautifully simple and restful space.

The entire image almost looks like a painting from a Dutch master, doesn’t it? I can imagine seeing this in a museum!

 

Red upholstery and drapes in the antique furnishings at Wimpole Estate mansion in England give it an opulent feel.On a grander scale, the colors in this reception room in the Wimpole Estate mansion in England are actually quite plain, once you look past the stately home’s imposing size and columns!  The main decor is white and the floor is natural wood. But the rich splash of red gives it an opulent feel. The glow of the swagged red drapes draw you into the room and the red upholstered antique chairs invite you to pause a while. Queen Victoria certainly paused a while. She stayed at Wimpole Hall for two nights back in 1843.

Vintage color accents in Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House in Florence, AlabamaThis room in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama, also relies on furnishings for color accents. The fabulous spark of blue in the vintage chairs just leaps out from the rustic brick wall and wood paneling.

I’d call that a Capri blue… What do you think?

Blue and white ceramics in this simple white decor... fresh! It’s easy to inject color into a room with a collection of colorful vintage or antique pottery. I like the freshness of the blue and white ceramics in this elegant white setting. The display of bowls and vases at different levels also creates visual interest.

I always enjoy selecting classic blue and white Delft antique pottery for EuroLuxAntiques.com because it’s so pretty to look at, and it brings a timeless note of color into both contemporary and traditional decor.

Antique Blue Delft garniture clock set blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and woodOur customer Julie F. in Marquette, Michigan showed off her 1890 blue Delft garniture clock in fine style! She displayed it against a stone fireplace, as you can see in our earlier client spotlight.

The delicate blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and wood.

If you’ve used vintage or antique furnishings and accessories to add a pop of color in a neutrally decorated room, we’d love to feature it on this blog.
Send us photos of your vintage color accents!

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!

Client Spotlight: Vintage Clock Makes Prestigious DC Building Tick

We were thrilled when the acclaimed Washington, DC interior designer Paul Corrie of Paul Corrie Interiors bought a beautiful vintage Louis XV Rococo style shelf clock from EuroLuxAntiques.com. We were even more thrilled when Paul featured it in his fabulous design for the entry and lobby spaces of The Dresden, one of Washington’s most prestigious condominium addresses.

This beautiful vintage Louis XV Rococo style clock from EuroLuxAntiques.com now lives in The Dresden, one of Washington DC's most prestigious condo addressesThis is the piece Paul chose from our selection of vintage clocks. You can see how ornate it is. The tortoiseshell and brass-colored metal case is decorated with sweet little birds and a woman’s face, and and even the pendulum boasts a gorgeous starburst design.

The clock dates to the 1950s and as the movement is by the famous German manufacturer Hermle, it still works as good as new. It sounds a pretty double strike too, to help everyone at The Dresden keep their appointments on time!

 

Paul Corrie interior with EuroLuxAntiques.com vintage clockFast forward and here’s the room Paul designed with the clock – you can see it to the left of the fireplace. I love how this classic and simple space is made so striking (forgive my pun) by the vintage clock and also the fireplace screen. Just a few special details add a sense of luxury. The tile work is lovely too, and Paul creates yet more visual interest by setting the mirror to one side above the fireplace, breaking up the symmetry. He’s got a great eye!

The Dresden by Paul Corrie Interiors, although you can't see the EuroLuxAntiques.com vintage clock from this angle. The layering of cool, neutral tones gives the room an air of elegant distinction, increasing the sense of space and lightHere’s another shot of the same room at The Dresden, although you can’t see the vintage clock from this angle. The layering of cool, neutral tones gives the room an air of elegant distinction, increasing the sense of space and light. The Toile de Jouy fabric on the armchair is delightful, adding a dash of pattern in the otherwise solid and plain colored upholstery. It draws the eye, without making the room too busy.

 

Isn't this an inviting space by Paul Corrie Interiors? His name often crops up in interior design magazines including Traditional Home, Metropolitan Home, and Home & DesignIsn’t this an inviting space? Paul makes the setting welcoming with the plumped-up cushions, vases of flowers, and a casual pile of books just waiting for someone to leaf through them. I can picture myself curling up here with a magazine and a cup of tea! I’d probably find myself reading about Paul Corrie, as his name often crops up in interior design magazines including Traditional Home, Metropolitan Home, and Home & Design.

Although Paul tends towards more contemporary design, he’s also influenced by the classic and very gracious homes in the nation’s capital. He’s been quoted as saying “I always like to pull in simple, timeless furnishings with clean lines” and we can see that in these photos. Who wouldn’t feel at home in these spaces he creates? Paul has recently been selected as the designer for the new DC Center for the LGBT community – yet another feather to add to his cap. Home & Design Magazine called Paul “a rising star” back in 2008, and it looks like his star has well and truly risen!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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!

Client Spotlight: Russell the Antique Clocks Collector in NY

“I suppose my shop is a clever way of financing my love of collecting, repairing and restoring antique clocks,” writes our client Russell, who owns Tick-Tocks Antique Clocks in New York state. “If you have them, I want them and it doesn’t matter how battered they are.”

Russell has shopped with us many times, and so far he has always kept those clocks in his personal collection, which numbers about 25 antique clocks. He says his favorite is this Art Nouveau Mauthe Regulator clock with leaded glass, purchased from our Gallery:

This gorgeous 1920 Art Nouveau Mauthe clock went directly into a clock dealer's personal collection.Russell says he appreciates the high-quality craftsmanship of this era, “It is so beautiful and well made and the case so well preserved. The craftsmanship put into the glass and all the little pieces of trim decorating the clock case really speak to the hard work of the European clock craftsmen from a bygone era.”

 

 

 

 

Russell’s second-favorite clock comes with quite a story. “I found this 1920 Hansen grandfather clock with an Enfield Westminster chime movement at a hoarder’s house in the town of Athens in upstate New York,” he says. “It had been completely neglected and buried under years of crud and junk in the corner of a house left in complete disarray after the previous owner passed away. The clock sat buried under junk in that empty, unheated house for seven years until I found it and took it home. The movement and case were filled with layers and layers of muck, dead spiders and webbing. Many of the parts of the movement were rusted and seized up.”

Despite the daunting condition of the clock (his wife wouldn’t even let him bring it in the house until he cleaned it up!), Russell took on the restoration project with gusto. “It was a labor of love, but I restored every inch of the clock over the course of a year with the help of a friend, Chris Resch of the Dutchmasters Joinery in Fort Plain, New York. Together we brought this old clock back to the glory it deserved. Now it is the center piece of my living room.”

Antique clock collector Russell of Tick Tocks Antique Clocks found this 1920s grandfather clock in a hoarder's house!Russell says he’s had a love of antique clocks since he was a small boy. While visiting his aunt in Pennsylvania each year, he’d stop by the neighbors’ home. The elderly German couple there would patiently show off their collection of cuckoo clocks, and Russell was bitten by the collecting bug. In fact, he has his own sizable collection of antique cuckoo clocks.

 

This is just a small sampling of the antique cuckoo clocks owned by one collector we work with.

However, Russell says Art Deco is his favorite era. He has purchased six Art Deco clocks and one Art Nouveau clock from us so far. “I just really have a love for art and design from this period,” he said, going on to add, “I will definitely continue to frequent your shop because you really have an eye for beautiful high quality antique clocks.” We really appreciate hearing that from an expert in the field of antique clocks!

Here are a couple of the Art Deco clocks Russell has purchased from us.

Two of eight Art Nouveau regulator clocks an antique clock expert purchased from us.

In case you’re wondering, Russell spends about 20 minutes winding his clocks every Sunday morning. He runs them in cycles of about a dozen at a time, he says. “Once in a while I run them all at once for kicks, but it gets too loud on the hour when they all chime, and I get annoyed because I like to hear each clock chime,” he laughs.

We’re delighted Russell offered to share his story with us, and equally delighted to have helped him with his antique clock collection!

 

 

If you love to collect a particular type of antique and would like us to feature it on the blog, just drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again to Russell for sharing his wonderful story and fabulous photos!

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!

Gustav Becker & Antique Wall Clocks

Of the many clock manufacturers in Germany in the 19th century, the name Gustav Becker is recognized as one of the leading producers of high-quality Antique Wall Clocks, as well as a variety of other types of clocks, including mantel clocks, anniversary clocks, and watches.  Gustav Becker (1819 – 1885) learned the clockmaking trade in Austria and Germany, eventually opening a very successful factory in Freiburg, Germany, in 1850.  He was awarded a gold medal recognizing his achievement in clock design, the Medaille d’Or, at a regional Trade Exposition held in 1852.  Gustav Becker quickly incorporated that stamp along with a Gustav Becker mark on the works of his clocks in order to establish his brand.  The Gustav Becker brand of clocks became highly celebrated, winning awards and recognition at trade shows across the world.

Antique Gustav Becker Wall Clocks are synonymous with high quality craftsmanship, as Gustav Becker was able to attract the best clockmakers in Germany to work at his factory.  His clock case designs reflect a wide variety of tastes, from simple, clean lines like the weight driven Antique Gustav Becker Double Vienna Regulator Wall Clock shown above, to highly ornate, hand-carved clocks like the spring-driven Antique Gustav Becker Vienna Regulator Wall Clock shown below.  Just as the consumer public desired heavily carved Renaissance Revival furniture at the turn of the 20th century, there was also a great demand for large and highly decorated Vienna Regulator Wall Clocks.  A rising middle class that had more disposable income than ever before due to the Industrial Revolution wanted to show off their newly found wealth and prosperity, and a beautiful, high quality Gustav Becker Wall Clock was a great way to do just that.

While the founder, Gustav Becker, died in 1885, the Gustav Becker Clock Company continued to manufacture exceptional Regulator Wall Clocks bearing the Gustav Becker brand trademark until 1935, when the competitor, Junghans, purchased the company.  Below is an example of a high-quality, spring-driven Vintage Gustav Becker Wall Clock featuring a striking Art Deco design, which was one of the last Wall Clocks stamped with the Gustav Becker trademark prior to the Junghans buyout.

Gustav Becker clocks are stamped with the easily identified Gustav Becker brand trademark, which did change over time, but always prominently featured an anchor topped with a crown and the initials G and B, as shown in two marks below.

Antique Regulator Wall Clocks with the Gustav Becker brand trademark are more valuable than similar Antique Wall Clocks by other lesser-known German manufacturers and will continue to increase in value as the years go by.  An Antique Gustav Becker Wall Clock would make a wonderful addition to your collection!

 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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