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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Things We Love Right Now – June 2013

Father’s Day is on June 16 and this post is dedicated to dads! As a family business, we’ve been on a family photograph treasure hunt. I also have some Father’s Day gift suggestions, if you haven’t found the perfect gift for dad yet.

This family photograph shows Greg aged 2Greg’s mom Kathy (our Director of Restoration Services) kicked off our family photograph treasure hunt while working on her scrapbooking albums. She found this photo of Greg as a 2- year-old on a horse with his aunt Therese. The horse’s name was Peppermint Patty. I find it a riot that Therese actually kept two horses in a suburban backyard! I doubt you could get away with that now, but hey… it was the 1970s!

 

Family photograph of Kathy (our Director of Restoration Services) with her dad at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, 1951. EuroLuxAntiques.comThat gave me the idea to ask everyone for photos of their dads. Kathy’s dad was John Wallace Weathers, known as “Big John” and this photo is from when she was around 10 years old in 1951. They are at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, a minor league baseball stadium where the Spartanburg Peaches used to play. Kathy has fond memories of going to baseball games with her dad. He always insisted that Kathy would go to college and his wish came true. In fact she was the first to graduate from both high school and college on her dad’s side of the family.

Family Photograph EuroLuxAntiques.comJohn is our gallery greeter and champion accountant, and this is him aged about 6 with his dad John Henry Talbot Sr. in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1949. John Jr.’s grandfather, Max Vern Talbot, is also in this photo with John’s younger brother. This is John’s first memory of meeting his grandfather, who lived in Florida. His grandfather was quite a “cut-up” and taught John to play cribbage. John fondly remembers many hours spent playing cribbage, and later, a deep sea fishing trip adventure with his grandfather.

Family photograph of Greg in a cowboy hat in Texas, aged 5. EuroLuxAntiques.com
My husband Greg looks so cute in his cowboy hat! He was 5 years old in this 1977 photo with his dad John. They lived in Lubbock, Texas, and Greg particularly remembers going to the Texas Rangers museum and going horseback riding down into the canyon. Greg associates music with different periods of his life and seeing that photo reminds him of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams and Undercover Angel by Allen O’Day.

Therese cJohnTherese1963-2ounts Shipping Manager among her many jobs at EuroLuxAntiques.com. Here she is with her dad, John Sr. in 1963 when she was about 5 years old. They are on Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC and she is very fashionably modeling her favorite dress of the time! Later, she and her dad did horse shows together and she remembers many afternoons happily spent reviewing the results of the horse shows.

 

 

Family photograph Aimee and dad at Disneyland 1975. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis is me, Aimee, and my dad, Robert Thomas Legore (Bob) riding the Dumbo ride at Disneyland in California in 1975 when I was about 5 years old. The family moved to California from Florida in a big blue station wagon while Bob helped develop the F16 jet engine at Edwards Airforce base. I was always a “daddy’s girl” and recall snuggling on the sofa to watch Star Trek with dad when he got home from work.


If you’re looking for a super gift for Father’s Day, check out some of these ideas!

This aAntique English Regency Tallcase Grandfather Clock. EuroLuxAntiques.comntique English Regency Tallcase Grandfather Clock is a great gift for dad or granddad. It’s signed by clockmaker, James Green, who worked in Liverpool between 1800 and 1829, dating this clock to the King George IV era. The mahogany clock is topped by a dramatic eagle with outstretched wings, and the Moonroller feature above the clock face marks the phases of the moon. It also features hand-painted sailing ships on the sea, in tribute to Liverpool’s maritime history. The working clock still chimes on the hour!

Etagere à vin (wine rack) crafted in the Louis XV style. EuroLuxAntiques.comIf dad’s a wine buff, this high-quality reproduction etagere à vin (wine rack) is perfectly sized for the modern home. It holds nearly two cases of wine and he can keep his corkscrew, coasters, and wine accessories in the two drawers. The etagere à vin is crafted in the Louis XV style, with a hand-rubbed distressed finish on the rich cherry veneer for an authentic antique look.

Antique chalkware sculpture circa 1900, Saint Joseph and the Christ Child. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis antique chalkware sculpture is a truly unique and meaningful gift for dad. Dating to 1900, it portrays a poignant moment between Saint Joseph and his son Jesus Christ as a child. The touching encounter is beautifully rendered in this 18 inch high sculpture, right down to the expression on the Christ child’s face.

Do you have any special plans for Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments box below. I’d also love to hear about your own family photograph treasure hunt. Photos bring back such great memories – do you have a favorite family photograph in the album?

 

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: Spartanburg, SC

It was a gorgeous day when we pulled into Susan B.’s driveway in Spartanburg, SC.  Susan has been a great client for years now, and we’re always happy to bring another piece to her beautiful home.

Susan picked this very high-quality Antique French Renaissance Hunting Buffet (circa 1880) because it has a wolf or hunting dog at the top that reminded her of her handsome pair of German Shepherds.  I think it really looks wonderful in her living room next to the large oil painting of Venice, Italy.

 

In the far corner of the living room near the large window and French doors is the gorgeous Antique Welsh Moonroller Grandfather Clock (circa 1810) that we delivered on an earlier trip.  Susan loves its chime and enjoys singing along with the bong – bong – bong!

Susan placed a charming Vintage French Country Secretary Desk (circa 1950) near the front door at the bottom of the stairs as a useful place to keep keys and mail.  This pretty piece greets visitors as they come through the door and adds warmth to Susan’s lovely home.

Downstairs in the large finished basement that serves as a family room, Susan added two Vintage Flemish Renaissance Cabinets (circa 1930s) for additional storage.  The large one replaced a fish tank and will give Susan a place to store personal items.  The small one by the back door is perfect for goggles and sunscreen so the kids can grab them on the way out to the pool in the back yard!  My photo didn’t turn out, but Susan also has a pretty Vintage French Country Sideboard (circa 1950) in the family room that is used to store towels for the pool.

Susan has quite a few more pieces from EuroLux Antiques in the upstairs hall and bedrooms, but those will have to wait for another blog post.  A big shout-out of thanks to Susan B. for her continued patronage – we appreciate you!

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog and Best Wishes for 2012!

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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Client Spotlight: Roanoke, VA

Today’s blog post is a big shout out of thanks to Sean Doherty at Doherty Interior Design in Roanoke, Virginia.  Sean added a stunning Antique Scottish Drumhead Grandfather Clock from EuroLux Antiques to complete a new design for a client’s office.

Antique Scottish Drumhead Grandfather Clocks are rather difficult to find, but this one, which dates to circa 1820, is particularly beautiful with a very attractive mahogany veneer case.  The bonnet is crowned with a ball and spire finial and decorative flourishes, while a floral motif wraps around the base of the bonnet.

Antique Grandfather Clocks, also known as Antique Tallcase Clocks or Antique Longcase Clocks, were first created around 1670 with the invention of the anchor escapement mechanism.  A long pendulum that only needed to swing 4 to 6 degrees was able to power these longcase clocks and kept much more accurate time than earlier clock mechanisms.  Antique Grandfather Clocks were custom-made by hand for their owners through the 1800s and were considered to be status symbols for the very wealthy.  Pendulum clocks would hold the record for the world’s most accurate timekeepers for the next 270 years, until 1927 when the quartz clock was invented.

Sean’s classic design for this stately and elegant office, which included the Antique Drumhead Grandfather Clock and beautiful gold silk fabric on the walls, was given a vibrant splash of color with a set of apple green leather armchairs around a banded mahogany conference table.

We’re glad to hear that Sean’s customer was well-pleased with the finished design.  Here at EuroLux Antiques, we’re always happy to help interior designers find the perfect antique piece to complete a project!

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques Blog and be sure to check out Doherty Interior Design on FaceBook.  Let Sean know how much you enjoyed his work!

Best wishes,

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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