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Client Spotlight: Antique Chinese Wedding Bed

We imported this exquisite antique Chinese wedding bed to the USA in 2012…. it had previously inhabited a home schedule for demolition so it was wonderful to have the chance to give the Chinese wedding bed a new life! It was finally purchased by our customer Dongming in Greenville, SC, so it has landed in a place very different to its origins in the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China!

Antique Chinese Wedding Bed

Dongming and his daughter had driven to Columbia for the day and were on their way home to Greenville, when his daughter decided she really wanted to eat at Arby’s. They got off I-26 at Newberry, and while looking for Arby’s, they ended up on Main Street. Dongming decided he wanted to stop in some antiques shops, which is how he made his way to our EuroLux Home antiques store. He is a professor of Asian Studies, specializing in Chinese literature, so when he saw the antique Chinese wedding bed in our Gallery, he stopped in his tracks! He knew exactly what it was and also knew it would fit in his master bedroom. To top it all off, it was his birthday – so of course, he took it as a sign that it was fate and he was supposed to purchase the beautiful bed!

antique Chinese wedding bed

The Late Qing Dynasty antique Chinese wedding bed in red lacquered pine dates to around 1900 and it is very ornamental and ornate. Antique Chinese wedding beds like this were once used by royalty, and were often called “Eight Step Beds.”  It is divided into two areas, one for sleeping and the other for placing shoes and personal items as you get ready for bed. A Chinese wedding bed was actually used like an entire bedroom and Chinese women spent most of their time eating, embroidering, socializing, and sleeping in this area.

Greg and I were out of town at the furniture market in North Carolina when Dongming purchased the bed, and we already had deliveries scheduled for the following week in Georgia. However, Dongming was leaving to take a group of students on a study abroad tour in China for the summer and he really wanted to have the bed delivered prior to his departure.

antique Chinese wedding bed in partsI stayed up until 4 am the night before the delivery in order to get all 50 pieces of the bed cleaned, waxed, and ready to be delivered, but I made it happen!

The bed comes apart in about 50 pieces and is completely held together with tenon and mortise joints – no hardware at all! This is a photo of about half of the bed pieces.

It took about two hours to reassemble it in Dongming’s home, but it looks great! The bed features various carvings of people and traditional Chinese symbols, gilded with a very fine layer of gold.

antique Chinese wedding bedDongming is planning to use the Late Qing Dynasty bed on a daily basis, so this very beautiful bed will continue to be loved and cherished. We’re so glad the superb antique Chinese wedding bed was saved and it found a new home!

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 7 (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.

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.