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15% Off Wine-Inspired Furniture, French Antiques, Vintage and New

In my blog posts New Hobbs Germany Wine-Inspired Furniture and Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection: The Story I told you that EuroLuxHome.com is now a U.S. distributor for the cool new Hobbs Germany line of wine-inspired furniture. My video below shows you more about this unique collection, but if you were eyeing up the Hobbs Germany pieces or any antique French furniture or vintage decor or new lighting in our store, now is the time to save with a 15% discount as our holiday gift to you.

You’ve bought gifts for everyone else for Christmas, haven’t you? So now it’s time to treat yourself and your home to something special for the new year!
Take 15% off everything in our online store now through December 31 when you use this code at checkout:
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Perhaps you will choose a piece from the beautiful Hobbs Germany line, which upcycles authentic wine crates stamped by French Bordeaux wineries as drawers.  I tell you more about the furniture in this video.

Browse all the collection, including one-of-a-kind kitchen islands, coffee tables, end tables, wine cabinets, coolers and more, at our Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection page. The collection is currently available in limited quantities. We’re now accepting pre-sales of inventory arriving in early 2017!

Shipping is always free on the the Hobbs Germany Bordeaux collection and everything in our store, as long as we are delivering to the continental USA, and some parts of Canada.

Antique French Renaissance Buffet Open GalleryIf you are looking for fine antique French furniture, then you also have plenty of opportunities to save!

For example, save 15% on this antique French Renaissance buffet or server dating to the year 1900.

Crafted in solid walnut with a gorgeous patina, this finely carved Renaissance style buffet includes fluted columns, and a carving of a Grecian style urn garlanded with flourishing florals. An open gallery offers plenty of space to display heirloom china or collectibles. You could serve a full meal to your guests from this antique French Renaissance style buffet, or use it as a splendid display case in your living area or hallway.

Antique Chinese TableOr perhaps you are looking for a stunning antique Chinese table like this late Qing Dynasty accent table or chest of drawers, dating to 1900. The table is elaborately carved in elm with hand-carved horses, symbolizing endurance and loyalty, deer for good fortune and bats for good luck. The 5-drawer antique Chinese table measures nearly 42 inches wide, making it a nice size for many uses from a hall table to a sofa table to a bedside table!

Large Vintage Flemish ChandelierIf you’re feeling in the mood for new lighting to brighten up your dark winter nights, browse our vintage and new table lamps, chandeliers, and other lighting.

For example, this large vintage Flemish chandelier will add a warm glow to your living room or dining room or bedroom. The sculptural shape makes a dramatic statement in richly crafted wood and brass-tone metal.  Measuring more than 31 inches wide, the classic vintage Belgian chandelier vase and ball design will suit any home.

Aubusson Handwoven Throw Pillow Hunting HoundSmaller home decor items will also cheer up your new year, from hand-woven throw pillows to beautifully crafted candlesticks, boxes, and bookends.

Have a look at our full inventory at EuroLuxHome.com where shipping is always free, and take 15% off your order through December 31, 2016, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: Celebrate2017

However you choose to use your 15% discount on antique furniture or vintage or new home decor, we wish you a very merry Christmas!

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: Antique Chinese Opera Bench

We loved seeing a photo of our antique Chinese opera bench in our customer Suzan’s hallway! This unusual and attractive piece of antique furniture makes a stunning style statement and the clean lines look at home in any style of decor.

Antique Chinese Opera Bench Carved

This is the exceptional antique Chinese opera bench, carved in elm and dating to 1900. It was crafted in the Shanxi Province of China and it would originally have been used for a family to sit together during a theatrical or musical performance in an opera house. The Shanxi Province was renowned for plays and musical entertainment and this style of carved bench was popular in this region.

Antique Chinese opera benchHere is the antique Chinese opera bench in its new home: the hallway of our customer Suzan G. in Santa Barbara, CA. It’s an inch under 6 feet long and it fits the space beautifully. Doesn’t it look great beneath that lovely image on the wall? The hand-carved scrolls on the substantial cabriole bench leg create a charming decorative effect. Suzan told us she was very pleased with the bench.

Antique Chinese Opera Bench carved detail

The Late Qing Dynasty Chinese opera bench also boasts subtle hand-carved organic motif details on the back. This close-up photo shows the delicate carving. It looks like a real labor of love to me!

Antique Chinese Opera Bench side

An antique opera bench is perfect for a hallway or living room, or anywhere you want additional seating and a stunning focal point. From the side you can see the sweeping curve of the bench back.

Thanks to Suzan for sending us the picture of the antique Chinese opera bench in her house – we hope that all your guests enjoy admiring it as much as we do!

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: Antique Chinese Altar Table

Our customer Richard S. in Ft. Myers, FL, bought an antique Chinese altar table from us last year and boy, does it look great in the hallway of his home!

Antique Chinese altar table

This is the antique Chinese altar table from Shanxi Province, China. It dates to the year 1900 and it is carved in elm with a scrolling cloud design on the apron. The symbolic scrolling cloud motif is probably the most typically carved decorative accent in antique Chinese furniture. The pretty carved flourish is intended to convey good fortune.

Antique Chinese altar table in hall

Richard used the antique altar table as a console table in his Florida home. I think it looks fantastic. The ceramics on top of the table and below it also have an Asian feel. Hmm, that carved wood chair just sliding shyly into the right of the photo also looks interesting. I’ll have to ask Richard about that next time he is in touch with us!

Antique chinese altar table

This shows more detail of the Late Qing Dynasty altar table and how nicely Richard accessorized it. The elm wood looks gorgeous against the marbled floor. Elm is one of the most frequently seen woods in antique Chinese furniture. It was popular due to the attractive grain and because it is very adaptable. It works beautifully for so many purposes. Elm was also valued because it is resistant to decay. That’s why we’re still enjoying this baby more than a century after it was made!

Antique Chinese altar table

This side view shows the slenderness of the antique altar table, which makes it a perfectly elegant fit for the narrow hallway. I’m also admiring the floor rug and the dining area beyond! The altar table is typical of antique Chinese furniture from the Late Qing Dynasty era when the growing merchant class starting having more money to splurge on fine furniture. They liked hand-carved decorative pieces to show off their status and wealth. They also loved the symbolic blessing of the carvings, like the scrolling cloud design on this table.

I’ve written other posts about Chinese symbols on antique furniture if you want to learn more about the meanings of these decorative carvings. Thanks Richard for taking us inside your home. We hope the scrolling clouds on the antique Chinese altar table truly do bring you good fortune!

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.

Client Spotlight: Antique Chinese Cabinet

Aly & Bruce in Oregon sent photos of an antique Chinese cabinet they bought from us, and there is a very sweet story behind the purchase too! Aly found the unusual Late Qing Dynasty antique Chinese cabinet on our website and showed it to Bruce. He decided to surprise her and ordered it on the sly. She was thrilled! “My wife LOVES it!” said Bruce.

Late Qing Dynasty Antique Chinese CabinetThis is the antique display cabinet or bookcase in elm wood from the Shanxi Province in China. It dates to 1900 and features the four sided square design known as si ping. It was rescued from a home scheduled for demolition and we brought it to America.

antique Chinese cabinet

The antique Chinese cabinet looks wonderful in Aly and Bruce’s home. The unique geometric patterns on the doors and side panels really stand out. Geometric patterns were often used on antique Chinese furniture, symbolized lasting prosperity and the idea of infinity. The pretty hand-carved flowers may have held symbolic meaning for the original owner too. In Chinese culture, flowers mean growth, fulfillment, and prosperous new beginnings in life.

antique chinese cabinet

The display cabinet makes a stunning focal point, especially as Bruce and Aly have ‘dressed it up’ nicely to display their collectibles. At just over 5 feet high, the cabinet looks like it was built for the space!  “The piece is extraordinarily beautiful and fits perfectly right where I planned to put it,” said Aly.

antique Chinese cabinet

Bruce and Aly’s living room looks so comfortable and inviting. Although the antique Chinese cabinet could also work as a bookcase, we can see why the couple uses it as a display cabinet. The living room already has ample shelving for books! I like the way they display other treasures in rows on the top shelves of the arched alcoves – it’s a great design detail.

I’m glad the cabinet found its way from China to a very welcoming new home. As you’d expect with a piece crafted more than 100 years ago, there was some wear to the original natural tree lacquer finish. It was professionally clear coat restored before we sent it on its way to Oregon. “Thank you for posting so many accurate pictures and such an honest and perfect description of the piece,” said Aly. “Our experience was an extremely positive one.”

My previous Client Spotlight: Antique Chinese Folk Art Screen post shows another lovely Late Qing Dynasty example and tells you more about that furniture style. You can also browse the Chinese antiques currently in our gallery. Many thanks to Bruce and Aly for sharing just how fantastic the antique Chinese cabinet looks in their home!

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: Antique Chinese Folk Art Screen

Chris W. just moved to our area from Texas. She and her husband are now planning to spend their retirement enjoying life on Lake Murray in Chapin, SC, just a short drive from the EuroLux Antiques gallery. Chris was looking for something large and unique to fill the space above their mantel. She chose this large antique Chinese window screen, which perfectly fit the bill.
Antique Chinese Window Screen,  circa 1900The antique Chinese window screen dates to 1900 and it was rescued from a home scheduled for demolition in Hunan province.  We imported it into the US to join the other antique Chinese screens and furniture in our gallery. The Late Qing Dynasty screen is ornately hand-carved in camphor wood and the geometric pattern of repeating circles symbolizes infinity and unbroken prosperity.Antique Chinese Window Screen with Dragons

You can see the intricacy of the carvings in this close-up. The stylized dragon in antique Chinese furniture represents power, authority, and wealth, while the detailed carvings of bats add another dash of good luck!

Antique Chinese Window Screen hand-carved with symbols

The carved birds on the screen convey spirituality, the flowers represent growth, vitality, and beauty, and the peaches symbolize longevity. Late Qing Dynasty furniture and architectural elements like this should really be considered Folk Art.

Antique chinese screen over the mantel

Here’s the antique Chinese screen in Chris’ living room. Chris wanted to soften the sharp contrast between the black marble surrounding the fireplace and the white wood mantelpiece. We think the screen achieves that beautifully! The warm wood tone softens the space and the large size draws the eye up toward the high, dramatic ceilings.

Antique Chinese Screen in LivingRoom

 

At more than 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide, you can see how the screen balances the space nicely in Chris’ living room. The exotic nature of the antique Chinese screen fits with their home décor and also with their romantic history. Chris met her husband while stationed in the South Pacific during a Peace Corps stint! Not surprisingly, the couple has an interesting and varied collection of South Pacific handicrafts in their home.

The screen is typical of antique Chinese furniture from the Late Qing Dynasty era. During that time, the growing merchant class had more money to purchase fine furniture for their home. They liked ornately hand-carved decorative pieces to show off their status and wealth. They also enjoyed the rich symbolism of the carvings, offering wishes of good fortune. These pieces were handed down the generations, continuing the tradition of good luck!

Late Qing Dynasty furniture is often called The People’s Furniture and the beautiful craftsmanship still appeals to people all over the world… including customers right in our own backyard!

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.

Vintage Weddings

Every bride wants her wedding day to be unique! The trend for vintage weddings and weddings with recycled or DIY crafted decor make that dream easier to achieve, offering the perfect opportunity to add a highly personal touch to the special day. So here are some great wedding ideas to add to your I Do list!

We’ve also got suggestions of terrific wedding gifts that are as unique as the happy couple. If nobody in your family is getting married soon, these gifts would work just as well for a wedding anniversary, and the wedding inspirations would translate to your parties and other entertaining.

Vintage key escort cards are a charming idea for a vintage wedding theme

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These vintage key escort cards are a charming idea for a vintage wedding. Escort cards tell guests which table to look for at the reception, to save everyone wandering around trying to find their table. It looks beautiful and as every key is different, the guests feel very special with their own personal key! They can take the keys home too, as a memento of the day. Hunt at thrift stores and flea markets for old keys, or find old keys or vintage style keys lots on eBay.

Cones made from vintage style wallpaper make pretty containers for your confetti, rice, or even for rose petals to shower over the happy couple! Use paper punches from a crafts store to decorate the cone tops, and tuck the cones in an old-fashioned floral tea cup. Andrea at eWedding.com gives more ideas for a vintage wedding theme.

 

 

 

I love these DIY paper fortune cookies! They look exquisite and you can personalize the ‘fortunes’ with a wish from the newlyweds. Find some decorative paper and follow the simple instructions on how to make the fortune cookies.

For other crafty ideas, check out these 101 tutorials for hand-crafted wedding ideas. Tutorials include how to make a vintage tea tin ring holder, an heirloom brooch bouquet, and free vintage ‘Save the Date’ postcards to print out with your own photo.

Vintage French Nightstands 1930 with His-and-Hers carved figures. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis pair of vintage French nightstands or bedside tables dating to 1930 would make a unique wedding or wedding anniversary gift. Carved in the Brittany style, one chestnut bedside table boasts a female figure on the cabinet door, and the other a male figure. It’s the perfect his-and-hers gift!

Unusual antique Chinese traditional Wedding Suitcase, 1880, would have been used by a new bride to transport her belongings to her new home. EuroLuxAntiques.comDating to 1880, this unusual antique Chinese traditional “Wedding Suitcase” would have been used by a new bride to transport her belongings to her new home with her husband’s family. You can bet that a modern American bride would love it too, as storage for personal items. You can also bet that this one-off gift will not go the way of the six duplicate toasters…

 

1930 French Brittany bed carved with merry country folk dancing across the footboard. EuroLuxAntiques.com
Eat, Drink and Be Married! This fabulous 1930 French Brittany style full-size bed is finely carved with a scene of merry country folk rejoicing and dancing across the footboard. Figurines of a man and a woman gaze out from the corners. The solid chestnut bed is a celebration in itself, and with such a happy vista surrounding the newlyweds, sweet dreams are guaranteed!

Do you have any inspirations for a crafty or vintage wedding or even any photos of your own wedding to share? 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 sign up 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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EuroLux Antiques has Chinoserie fever!

As you may know, EuroLux Antiques has been a premier resource for exceptional European Antique Furniture and Accessories for nearly ten years. We have specialized in high-quality, ornately carved French Antique Furniture, hand-painted Majolica, unusual Vintage Lighting, Antique Clocks, and Antique Religious Treasures.

Greg and I are very excited to announce the expansion of our Antiques offerings here at EuroLux Antiques with the introduction of exceptional Antique Furniture and Accessories from China!  These amazing pieces all have the same high quality and superb craftmanship that you’ve come to expect from EuroLux Antiques.  Our first container has just arrived and we are proud to offer these beautiful, hand-crafted pieces of Chinese Antiques.

Our friends, Mike and Anita,

(Mike is also a graduate of the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business MIBS program, like us) own a business (PassageMaker China) in Shenzhen and have lived in China for more than ten years.  Mike and Anita will now be part of the EuroLux Antiques team, scouring the Chinese countryside and hand-selecting beautiful and unique Antique Chinese Furniture and Accessories.  Anita is Chinese by birth, so her native language fluency and family connections come in handy to make sure all pieces meet our EuroLux Seal of Approval.

We will specialize in Late Qing (pronounced Ching) Dynasty Chinese Antiques, which date from the end of the 19th century, just like our French Antiques.  In Europe and China, the late 1800s saw a rising merchant class that for the first time, had disposable income to spend on purchasing furniture for their homes.  They chose ornately carved and richly decorated pieces in order to convey a sense of status,  showing off their newly-found prosperity.  Late Qing Dynasty Antique Furniture is often called the people’s furniture, and is also known as Antique Chinese Country Furniture or Antique Chinese Vernacular Furniture.  This is not the furniture that would have been made for Imperial Palaces, but instead was used and cherished by the upper middle class in their homes, and was passed down from generation to generation.

Antique Chinese Country Furniture is made from softwoods that are native to China, such as elm, walnut, fir, and cypress.  Many of the pieces were originally painted with a natural tree lacquer, or with black or vibrant red lacquer, and were carved with symbols to convey meanings for the owner.  A scrolling cloud motif was quite common and conveyed good fortune.

Repeating and overlapping geometrical patterns were often used to convey a sense of unending prosperity and the concept of infinity and were frequently used for window screens, doors, and other architectural elements.

The Europeans loved Chinese Furniture and Accessories too, and the craze for the Chinese style was called Chinoserie, which was extremely popular in the middle of the 18th century.  Now you can find, and mix and match, high-quality Antique Chinese Furniture and Antique French Furniture at EuroLux Antiques.  We have Chinoserie fever!  We find the combination of Chinese Antiques with European Antiques to be very exciting and visually appealing, and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

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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