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South Carolina Antique Trail & 10% Off Everything

Squiggy in the window on the antique trailWe are delighted that EuroLuxAntiques.com is on the South Carolina Antique Trail. Our Newberry, SC, gallery is on the trail map online and on the printed maps available at visitor centers and major antique shows. We hope you’ll stop by and see us on Main Street if you go antiques hunting. You can be sure that Squiggy, our kitty in the window, will give you a warm welcome too!

We are one of the stores in 10 southern states participating in the AntiqueTrail.com March Antique Trail Sale. You don’t actually have to take a road trip if you want our 10% discount. Although you won’t be disappointed if you do visit our beautiful state!

Get 10% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com (and our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: AntiqueTrail  through March 31, 2014. Or just mention the Antique Trail if you come in person to the gallery.

Yep! That’s 10% off your entire order, on everything from fine antique furniture, vintage lighting, and home décor accents, to high-quality reproduction furniture. If you need further temptation to take advantage of our Antique Trail discount, here is just a tiny selection of pieces in the gallery right now.

Antique French SideboardThis gorgeous French antique server or sideboard in classic Henry II style dates to 1900. Walnut wood carvings combine wonderfully with a swirled red and grey marble top. The 6-foot-tall antique server will look impressive in any home bar or dining room. The ample storage and display space will be useful too!

Chinese antique armchairsWe love the lines of this pair of Chinese antique chairs. They have a hand-carved dragon medallion in the chair backs and a luscious red and black lacquer finish.  This style is properly called Antique Chinese Southern Official’s Hat Armchairs – typically used by wealthy people or government officials. I tip my hat to the timeless design!

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierThis amazing 1930 vintage French Brittany chandelier is carved with a fantasy castle complete with turrets. Five copper lamps hang from the drawbridges and chunky chains add to the thrill. It’s perfect for Game of Thrones fans, and anyone who loves Old World romance and mystery.

French Antique standing cross
This French antique standing cross was exquisitely crafted around the year 1900. The fine detailing struck us when we brought this crucifix to America. The porcelain Jesus Christ figure is surrounded by an intricate metal fringe and it is just one of our many antique religious treasures.
Ambella Home console table
We also carry high-quality reproduction furniture, like this artfully crafted new Ambella Home console table or hall cabinet. Scrolled ironwork and a black fossil stone top makes this an elegantly decorative choice. Adjustable shelves and three drawers keep you organized too!
For more inspiration on the Antique Trail, browse our complete inventory.
Then take 10% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: AntiqueTrail
The offer is valid until March 31, 2014.
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.

Symbolism and Chinese Antique Furniture

One of my favorite aspects of Chinese Antique Furniture is the use of symbols to convey specific meanings for the owner.  Symbolism has long been an important part of Chinese culture with particular animals, plants, and even geometric patterns representing ideas or concepts.

Dragons are a powerful symbol in Chinese mythology and symbolize power, authority, male vigor and fertility. They represent the “yang” force in the “yin-yang” dynamic.  A Dragon is used as decorative trim around the edge of this Chinese Antique Cabinet above and as a decorative medallion in the center of the back splat of an Antique Chinese Chair in the photo below.

Running horses symbolize imminent success in Chinese culture, as seen on this Chinese Antique Chest of Drawers below. A bat hovers above the horses, adding good luck for the owner.

According to Chinese belief, bats represent good luck, as the word for bat sounds very similar to “Fu”, the word for good fortune or blessing.  Two bats seen together doubles the good luck, while the representation of five bats together symbolizes the Five Blessings of life: wealth, health, virtue, a long life and a natural death.  The four bats shown together on the back splat of this Antique Chinese Armchair below will bring quadruple luck to the owner!

Many pieces of Chinese Antique Furniture or Chinese Antique Architectural Elements use multiple symbolic objects, whose meanings combine to create a richly layered and complex interpretation for the owner.  For instance, the beautifully carved Antique Chinese Doors below may have been created as a wedding gift for a new bride and groom.

The Antique Chinese Doors feature a large Chinese character in a prominent position that represents health and longevity and is surrounded by four painted butterflies, which symbolize love and joy.  These symbols on the lower area of this Pair of Antique Chinese Doors, taken in combination, express a wish for a long and happy marriage based on true love.

This beautiful message is further enriched by the symbolic objects found in the upper area of these Antique Chinese Doors: pomegranates (fertility), peaches (longevity), lotus flowers (purity and perfection), and peonies (material wellbeing and also female beauty and reproduction).  Taken together, this complex interplay of symbolic meanings seems to convey warm wishes for a lifetime of marital bliss that is blessed with children.

I love how the juxtaposition of symbols on the Chinese Antique Cabinet below creates a deeper philosophical meaning for the owner.  The geometric pattern found on the upper drawers and in the large, full moon medallions on the front doors is called the Wanzi, and is also known as the Buddha’s Footprint.

In China, the Wanzi symbol represents the infinite multiplication of happiness, wealth, and longevity and comes from the Buddhist tradition. The Wanzi should not be confused with the swastika symbol of 1930s Nazi Germany, as Hitler’s swastika is inverted in the opposite direction and tipped up at an angle.

This Chinese Antique Cabinet also has carved flowers that represent the seasons of the year: Chrysanthemum (Autumn), Peony (Spring), and Lotus (Summer).

The Lotus flower also adds another layer of symbolism in that it often represents the Buddha himself. The lotus plant grows in the mud, yet the pretty bloom arises from the muck untainted, a symbol of purity and perfection, and one that represents the way of Buddhism.

The combination of symbolic objects on this charming Antique Chinese Cabinet creates a complex, multi-layered meaning that juxtaposes the fleeting nature of time (the brief life of a flower, the passing of the seasons) with that which is eternal and infinite. A nice message to ponder while enjoying a beautiful and functional piece of Chinese Antique Furniture.

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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