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Belgium Antiques Buying Trip: Religious Treasures

We continued our European antiques buying trip in Belgium, where we found a wonderful array of religious treasures to ship home, as well as antique furniture. In my last blog post I wrote about the antique and vintage chandeliers we found in Belgium.  So let’s have a look at our next discoveries.

antique religious treasures

We were mainly driving around France, Belgium and England to visit antique stores and dealers so we could find pieces to ship back to the USA. However, on one day in Belgium we helped clear out a house and we found some great religious pieces. Apparently the lady that died was the girlfriend of the local priest! That would explain why she had so many exquisite crucifixes and religious statues.

Antique religious statues from Belgium

Here are some of the statues we found. The details on the Madonnas and saints are beautiful. You can see that the hand-painted robes and faces on the figures still show bright colors and there isn’t much sign of wear and tear. They were obviously well-cared for and loved, and probably kept in a fairly shady room so the colors didn’t get bleached by the sun.

Antique Store in Belgium

We also bought some wonderful antique furniture in Belgium. In my post about our antiques buying trip in France I shared a photo of a very picturesque antique shop in Normandy and some other stores that were packed to the rafters,. But this one in Belgium was a first!  This dealer uses an old grocery store as a warehouse. I guess it is called “upcycling!”

Will all the antiques fit in the vanAt the end of our buying trip in Belgium we had a huge bounty of furniture and religious treasures, as well as 85 vintage chandeliers. The chandeliers were all individually wrapped and you can’t see them in this photo. We pack them inside the big furniture so they are protected and also to make the most of every inch of space. But just imagine 85 individually wrapped chandeliers!  So now the question was: Could we fit everything we had bought in Belgium in THIS rented van?

Inside the van

And the answer was…. Nope! It worked out to be about three van loads. But we managed to get everything safely transported. Next, our very full shipping container will set off for the USA in the last week in July and land in Charleston about 4 weeks later. Then the real work begins!

As for me and Greg, we drove back to Paris to turn in the van, and then we flew to England to drive around the Midlands looking for grandfather clocks and Chesterfield leather sofas. That’s another story for my next blog post!

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.

Best of March 2014: Antiques and Decor

Antique French Sideboard

Antique 1900 French Marble/Walnut Sideboard

Before I share our favorite antiques and decor posts from the last month, don’t forget that you can still get 10% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com (plus our always-free shipping) through March 31, 2014. Just enter the coupon code: AntiqueTrail at checkout. Or mention the Antique Trail if you come to our Newberry, SC, gallery.

As I said in my Antique Trail post, the March discount on all our antiques and decor accents, from furniture to lighting, is to celebrate the fact that EuroLux Antiques is on the South Carolina Antique Trail. Our store is on the online trail map and on maps at visitor centers and antique shows. Let’s revisit our other favorite antiques and decor posts from March.

Chinese antiques and decorIn our series of client spotlights, Aly and Bruce in Oregon shared photos of their home with the unusual Late Qing Dynasty Chinese cabinet they bought from us. We also heard the romantic story behind the purchase. Aly found the antique Chinese cabinet on our website and showed it to Bruce. He decided to surprise her and ordered it on the sly! The antique elm display cabinet from the Shanxi Province dates to 1900 and it looks wonderful in Aly and Bruce’s home. “The piece is extraordinarily beautiful and fits perfectly right where I planned to put it,” said Aly. See more in our Antique Chinese Cabinet spotlight post.
Blue antiques and decor trendsThe latest interior design trends for 2014 say that blue decor is tipped for the top this year. The bolder and more intense, the better! Deep navy and saturated turquoise are especially in vogue. See some inspiring ways to add blue antiques and decor into your home in my True Blue Decor post.

religious antiques and decor

As usual in the weeks approaching Easter, we are getting a lot of inquiries from people about our antique religious treasures. Customers are also preparing for spring Confirmations and First Communions. My post on antique religious treasures shows why the devotional wear on objects from standing crosses to holy water fonts and Jesus Christ and Madonna statues makes them even more beautiful.

Greg unpacking antique furniture from Europe

Greg unpacking antique furniture from Europe

Finally, as Greg and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary of EuroLux Antiques this year, we’ve been remembering our early years in the business. We’ve had so much fun but we can’t help but look back and laugh at some of our mistakes too. For example, we really didn’t know what to expect when we arrived at our first antique show in Atlanta, GA, in 2004. Rolling up in the wee hours of the morning in our rented U-Haul truck packed tight with antiques and decor accents, we soon discovered that we were just not quick enough at unpacking and reassembling our antique furniture to keep up with the frenzied buyers running from dealer to dealer. It was like some crazy TV game show!

Read the full antique show story and how we ended up late at night, hours after the show ended, just us and a long-suffering security guard waiting for us to get ourselves out of there! I can just imagine him sighing with relief when we finally exited after midnight: “EuroLux has left the building!”You can see all of our March blog posts at this link, and I look forward to sharing more about antiques and decor with you as we head into April.

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.

Antique Religious Treasures

Antique religious treasures 1940 French cross

1940 French Standing Cross

As usual in the weeks approaching Easter, a lot of people are getting in touch with us at EuroLuxAntiques.com to ask about our antique religious treasures. Customers are also preparing for Confirmations and First Communions in the spring.

There is something very special about an antique religious object, whether a crucifix, standing cross, holy water font, or a statue of Jesus Christ or the Madonna. It is so moving to see the devotional wear on these exquisite works of holy art.

You can often see where someone has rubbed the religious object with their fingers when praying. As a result, the crucifix or statue has developed that devotional wear over the years. To me, this makes it even more beautiful. It shows that someone has really cared about it and it has played an important part in their spiritual life.

Jesus Christ Sacred Heart Antique religious treasure

Antique Religious Treasure Madonna

The Jesus Christ Sacred Heart statue and the large antique Madonna and Child sculpture are both fine examples of French religious chalkware dating to the 1920s. While browsing European antiques market,  I’m constantly scanning the tables until a crucifix or a Madonna statue catches my eye! I made a beeline for this Madonna at a French antiques market  because of her 17-inch-high size and the pretty white and gold painted finish.

Joan of Arc Antique Religious Treasure

I tend to like very ornate things, so I always enjoy seeing the very Rococo crucifixes or antique religious treasures with saints. This 1900 antique French statue of the Roman Catholic Saint Joan of Arc definitely captured my attention. The Maid of Orleans is a stunning 44 inches high so she’s hard to miss! The elaborate detail on the flag fringes, armor, helmet, and draped garments make her a noble figure.

Holy water font The 1940 French vintage holy water font on the right, depicting the Madonna and Child, is also powerful in design. I need to return to France to find some more.

I love this time of year and helping people find just the right devotional object. Of course, I love talking with customers about all our antique furniture too. But I feel honored to be able to connect someone to the antique religious treasure they’ve been seeking. We are not only adding a unique decorative antique to their home. We’re the guardians for a sacred object that has been much loved in the past, and now we help it on its journey to someone else who will treasure it in their own intimate spiritual life. What an amazing privilege!

Do you have a special antique religious treasure? Tell us about it in the comments box 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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Hillwood Estate Antique Treasures

A while ago I mentioned the Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC., in a post about new books including one called Living Artfully At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post. Ms. Post was the founder of General Foods and as a wealthy society hostess she became quite famous for her parties. She was also a keen collector of Russian and French antiques and art. Hillwood Estate was one of her homes and it is open for the public to visit. I was so intrigued that I wanted to find out more about her and her house.

Hillwood Estate

This view of the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens is enough to make anyone want to throw a garden party! Ms. Post bought the 1920′s neo-Georgian mansion in 1955 and she would spend spring and fall here. She headed to her Camp Topridge home in the Adirondacks for summer and stayed warm in winter at her Palm Beach villa.

Hillwood Estate Interior

The grand piano is the focal point in this room. It proves that even a wealthy heiress and businesswoman still wants to show off her  family photos! Marjorie Merriweather Post was a big fan of 18th century French decorating style, and had the house refurbished and furnished to reflect her tastes. I love the gracious combination of the large ginger jar, needlepoint arm chair, and dainty round side table.

Hillwood Estate Faberge EggThis gorgeous Catherine the Great Fabergé Easter egg is one of the treasures on display at Hillwood Estate.  The Fabergé egg  was made for Emperor Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, to give to his mother on Easter morning in 1914. It is known as the Catherine the Great egg because it once had a mechanical sedan chair inside it, carrying Catherine the Great. That part of the egg has since been lost. But still, it’s more than impressive! The pink enamel and gold egg, encrusted with diamonds and pearls, is a pretty feast for the eyes. The egg was given to Marjorie Merriweather Post by her daughter in 1931. It was the second Fabergé piece in her collection… by the time she died she had nearly 90! Obviously she developed a taste for the stuff. The Fabergé is all on display at Hillwood Estate.

Hillwood Estate Trinity ChaliceThis magnificent chalice was commissioned by Catherine the Great in 1790 as part of a liturgical set. She presented it to the Trinity Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The gold and diamonds came from the State Treasury and Catherine provided the craftsman with her own carved gems depicting scenes from the life of Christ. One is a 13th century cameo of the Archangel Michael. The chalice became part of Ms. Post’s collection. Isn’t it a wonderful piece? If you’re feeling inspired, we have some very fine antique religious treasures in our gallery, and I promise they are all a lot easier on the pocket than this regal beauty!

As the hostess of legendary parties, Ms. Post was keen on punctuality and was careful about tracking her menus so she didn’t repeat them. But as the founder of General Foods she didn’t hesitate to serve up her own company’s foods as part of the fancy meal. Posh debutantes and powerful politicos would find themselves eating Jell-O!

Adirondack Pie Gateau Mille CrepesHer signature dish was Adirondack Pie. As far as I can gather, this was a sweet dish of 10 to 15 large and thin pancakes – like French crêpes – layered with butter, maple syrup and maple sugar. Then you slice the entire stack like a pie. (You can top the whole thing with whipped cream too.) The dish is still served at the Hillwood Estate Café. It sounds very much like the French dish Gâteau Mille Crêpes, pictured here.

Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens is located in northwest Washington, D.C. Have you visited? Tell us about it in the comment box 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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Our Lady of Victory

It is the life mission of our customer Robert R. to spread devotion to Our Lady of Victory. Robert lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and so far he’s purchased ten Our Lady of Victory statues from us. Our Lady of Victory is a title for Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary or the Blessed Virgin Mary. As the feast day to celebrate Our Lady of Victory approaches on October 7, it seems the perfect time to share Robert’s story!

Our Lady of Victory Madonna antique statue This is one of the ten antique Our Lady of Victory statues Robert bought from us. This French chalkware sculpture dates to 1900. It shows a crowned Mother Mary holding her infant son Jesus in her arms. The Christ Child is also crowned and stands on a globe, representing the world. Clouds swirl around the feet of the Madonna and son. At the bottom of the statue, angels smile up at them in adoration. Robert pretty much has a standing order with us for any other Our Lady of Victory statues that we find at markets in Europe, but you can browse a wide range of other antique religious treasures in our gallery.

Robert usually has Our Lady of Victory statues restored to reveal their former glory. He has just donated eleven Our Lady of Victory statues to St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth, TX,  for their Religious Education department. A statue will be placed in each of their eleven class rooms. Although Robert normally prefers to restore his statues, St. Patrick Cathedral asked for the statues to be repainted to match each other. So, this is what Robert did. Don’t they look wonderful?

OLV Statues

OLV Statue repainted
Here is a close-up of one of the repainted Our Lady of Victory statues. Robert works with an artist who has done a beautiful job in enhancing the gilded crowns and the blue on the Madonna’s robes. It is touching to see how the love poured into the antique statue by the original craftsman is continued all these years later by Robert’s own love and dedication in having her repainted.

As I said, the feast day to celebrate Our Lady of Victory is on October 7, although it isn’t strictly called that any more. Pope Pius V initiated Our Lady of Victory feast in 1571 to commemorate the victory of European Holy League forces against the Ottoman empire in the Battle of Lepanto. The feast paid honor and gratitude to the Blessed Virgin Mary as her name had been invoked in Rosary prayers throughout Europe on the day of the battle. Later, the feast name was changed to Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Do you have an antique religious object that you treasure? Do you collect holy water fonts, antique rosaries or Madonna or other religious statues? Tell us about it in the comments box 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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!