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Client Spotlight: Antique French Louis XIII Dining Chairs

We have a lovely treat for you today, with photos of our antique French Louis XIII dining chairs in our customer Stephen’s home!

Antique French Louis XIII chairWe found a set of six fabulous antique French Renaissance Louis XIII style dining chairs on one of our recent buying trips in Europe. We guessed (rightly!) that if we bought them then we’d find a customer back in the USA who would love them too.

This is just one of the six chairs, and you can see the blue damask upholstery is a great way to add a dash of elegant color to a dining room.

The armless chairs are crafted with a walnut wood frame and they date to 1900.  They feature a lovely design of gently curved stretchers forming an X shape, accented by a majestic finial in the center of the X.  The strong shape beneath the seat is softened by the gentle blue upholstery.

Obviously Stephen B. in Cambridge, MD, agrees with us that these Louis XIII chairs are fit for a king, because he snapped up the whole set of six!

Traditional dining room with antique Louis XIII chairs

Stephen sent us some photos of the antique chairs in his dining room, and you can see how impressive they look! When I saw his emailed photo, I immediately said: “It’s like he picked the paint based on the chairs rather than the other way around!” Isn’t the color match between the walls and the chairs uncanny? Stephen obviously has an excellent eye for color and he chose well. Stephen commented: “Yes!!! The fabric matches the walls perfectly.”

Antique French Louis XIII chairs in dining room

This is another view of Stephen’s dining room. This room is so beautifully put together. The blue on the walls is a classic color that reminds us of some of the regal salons of Paris. Stephen said he found the other two dining chairs in an antique store in California and he also sleuthed out some terrific buffets for the room online. The chandelier is great too. Often people are nervous about having too large a chandelier over the table and they tend to err on the small side. Stephen went for it with this crystal extravaganza and it is perfect!

All in all, it’s a fabulous room and Stephen has an amazing eye for interior design.  Thank you Stephen for sharing these inspiring photos. We are so happy that you loved the antique Louis XIII chairs, and we think they look superb in your dining room. We wish Stephen many celebratory evenings with friends gathered around that table!

If Stephen’s photos inspire you to do a little shopping… you can browse our wide selection of beautiful antique French dining chairs at this link!

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.

 

Unique Gifts for Father’s Day

If you are looking for a unique gift for Father’s Day… we’ve got your back! Of course you want to give dad something special, something that says Thank You for everything he’s given you over the years. Choosing a thoughtful and unusual gift or something hand-crafted shows him how much he is appreciated. He’ll love knowing that you searched out something a bit different that would really suit his taste and interests. Don’t forget our always-free shipping on every item large or small, within the contiguous 48 United States!

Antique French Hunting DeskIf you want to give dad a big treat, our selection of beautiful antique French furniture offers lots of options including handsome antique desks. Every piece is unique because every piece was handmade more than a century ago in the era that prized fine craftsmanship.

For example, this antique French Hunting style desk which dates to around 1880. The oak desk boasts carved winged beasts that look like mythological griffins, with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. It’s a stunning choice for dad’s home office or library.

Golfer BookendsBut you don’t need to splash out on a big piece to find a unique gift for Father’s Day.
OK Casting is one of our vendors of newly hand-crafted pieces and the prices are very reasonable for such high-quality pieces. Every piece is also made right here in the USA, which is another thing for dad to love!

For example, the company offers an exceptional collection of handsome bookends like these golfer bookends. Other choices include dogs, horses, wild animals, birds, golfers, polo players, fishermen, and even Chief Sitting Bull!   You’ll be able to find a set of bookends to match dad’s interests and every piece is hand-cast in resin and hand-painted at the time you order it. They are crafted with incredible detail and as they are hand-painted, each one is unique.  Other OK Casting options include clocks, lamps and desk accessories.

USS Constitution Model ShipIf dad loves sailing or the nautical life, one of the most unique gifts you could give him is one of the hand-crafted model ships we stock from Old Modern Handicrafts.

These model ships are hand-built to scale using traditional techniques. It can take the craftsmen hundreds of hours to build a ship.  Some models are built to museum-quality level and some are exclusive editions with a unique serial number.

This is the model of the USS Constitution. also known as Old Ironsides. A legendary ship in the War of 1812, the frigate is now a national landmark, docked in Boston. The model is full of amazing detail… isn’t it terrific?

antiqued leather telescopeFor the man who has everything, a telescope from our selection of telescopes, binoculars, magnifying glasses and opera glasses is a gift he’ll enjoy forever.

This hand-held telescope is one of our recommendations, and it is very reasonably priced at only $119 at time of writing. The telescope is made of high quality brass, with each component crafted with the finest craftsmanship. It comes safely nestled in an antique-looking leather overlay, leather carrying strap and cap on both ends of telescope.

If dad is a wine connoisseur or an elephant lover, then this wonderful new Scarborough House brass elephant wine bottle holder will be the ideal unique gift for him. The verdigris brass elephant is sure to bring a smile to his face every time he uses it, and the cheerful elephant rests on an inclined black stone inlaid base, to keep the wine bottle at just the right angle.

The elephant is beautifully crafted with every attention to realistic detail by the brass workers at Scarborough House and the verdigris effect on the brass gives an aged effect.

Whatever you choose as a unique gift for dad, we wish you and  your family a very happy Father’s Day!

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.

Handcrafted Furniture Antiques and Unique New Artisan Pieces

Handcrafted furniture, home decor and gifts have been tipped as a leading trend in 2019, according to our friends at Houzz in their trend reports on recent furniture and gift markets. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise to us here at EuroLux Home! As far as we are concerned, handcrafted furniture with a unique story and personal touch are always on trend.

Heavily Carved antique French cabinetWe sell beautiful handcrafted furniture and home decor every day and we know how much our customers appreciate these unique pieces.

The French antique furniture that we select in Europe and ship back to Europe is especially popular, even for customers who know little about antiques. Every piece of antique furniture — meaning that it is over 100 years old — is hand-crafted and unique. Our customers might not all be experts on antiques, but they know exceptional quality and craftsmanship when they see it!

For example, this antique French cabinet or buffet with its impressive hand-carvings. The walnut buffet dates to 1900 and the whimsical figure on the top cabinet door looks like a playful jester, while the ornate carvings also include two faces gazing out to keep watch over your family celebrations! A red marble counter top adds to the appeal of this amazing heirloom piece.

Antique Brittany cabinetAntique French Brittany furniture is also known for its gorgeous hand-carved detail. Every French Brittany piece tells a human story, usually of French country folk in natural settings, as you can see in this lovely antique French Brittany cabinet that has just arrived in our store by ship from France! The carved scenes of a man and a woman on the two doors of the cabinet depict good French country folk going about their rural working life. Carved ship wheels also pay tribute to Brittany’s maritime history.

Jonathan Charles Handcrafted Sheraton Table NewOur new furniture also features hand-crafted details. We stock some marvelous furniture from modern-day artisans who replicate the craftsmanship of yesteryear.

For example, this Jonathan Charles Sheraton style Pembroke table is based on an original table from 1770 and the new table is as lovingly crafted as those old Sheraton tables were 250 years ago in England! This table has beautiful satinwood veneers and hand inlays including the radiating decorative top and the fine floral inlays on the legs.

From intricate carvings to hand-painted details to genuine hand-cut marquetry, skilled craftsmen (and women!) at Jonathan Charles Furniture use the same techniques that have traditionally been used for centuries.

Scarborough House sideboardAnother fine furniture maker that we stock is Scarborough House. This company creates beautiful antique-inspired handcrafted furniture and the high-quality pieces are crafted using using age-old techniques. Scarborough House is especially known for its veneers using the finest crotch mahogany and burls. They also make their own brass hardware. Combined with their rich finishes on the wood, this attention to detail and great craftsmanship all adds up to heirloom quality furniture. This new Scarborough House crotch mahogany and movingue sideboard with brass handles is a terrific example. The ornamental appeal is enhanced by the lovely banding and the charming hand-created marquetry fans.

Soon I’ll share some glimpses into our favorite handcrafted home decor and gifts. Meanwhile we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the handcrafted furniture old and new that is available to enhance your home and reflect your unique personality. Browse more options with many lovely close-up photos of handcrafted furniture details on our website at EuroLuxHome.com.

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.

Memorial Day Discount on New & Antique Furniture & Decor

Are you shopping for antique furniture or vintage or new furniture or home accessories?  Visit EuroLuxHome.com and save money with our Memorial Day promotion codes giving you a 10% or 20% discount on everything site-wide.  Now through Tuesday May 28, 2019, you get:

10% off everything with code SummerFun
20% off everything when your order totals over $2000 using coupon code RedWhite&Blue

Antique Louis XV Rococo Server SideboardThis includes everything on our site, large or small, from items in our latest container of antique furniture from France to other fine European antiques, vintage lighting and decor, and high-quality new furniture and home accessories and furnishings.

Don’t forget our free shipping on everything in the Continental US and some parts of Canada.

Our new arrivals of antique furniture from France includes gorgeous pieces that work beautifully in today’s homes. Here are some of our favorites, if you want to use your discount code for any of these treasures!

For example, this terrific antique French Rococo sideboard or server, dating to 1880. It’s pretty as a picture and perfectly practical, with generous storage space. An ornate Rococo style shell crowns the walnut sideboard, while the red marble counter top is perfect to serve wine, canapes, cheese and deserts.

Antique Art Nouveau ChairsIf you love Art Nouveau furniture, you will ooh-la-la and ooh and ah over this seductive set of six antique French Art Nouveau antique chairs.  The solid walnut wood construction and charming styling will look a treat in your home. A delightful addition to your dining room, these chairs will also work as side chairs in your bedrooms and living room. We also have the matching Art Nouveau dining table,   Art Nouveau buffet, and Art Nouveau server sideboard if you want to complete the suite!

Antique Brittany cabinetHeavily carved in rich chestnut wood, this antique French Brittany cabinet will be a talking point in your dining room, foyer or living room. The carved scenes of a man and a woman on the two doors of the cabinet depict good French country folk going about their rural working life. The figures sit beneath carvings of ship wheels which honor the maritime history of Brittany. Our website listing for the antique French Brittany cabinet shows more detailed photos of the stunning carvings on the front and sides of the cabinet, so check them out! And then imagine how useful the storage space will be too!

Dale Tiffany Sonota Ceiling FixtureJust to show you how our new antique-inspired lighting can be just as exquisite as our actual antiques, this newly crafted Dale Tiffany Sonata ceiling light is a joy to see. It is hand-crafted by Dale Tiffany artisans, inspired by an original antique Tiffany dragonfly light design. Each piece of glass is individually crafted using the same copper-foiled technique pioneered by the glass maestro Louis Comfort Tiffany. Each dragonfly wing is depicted with meticulous filigree detail and the shade hangs from an intricately cast metal canopy finished in dark antique bronze.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique furniture from Europe, new furniture for every room in the house, plus antique religious treasures, ceramics, wall decor, throw pillows and other high-quality antique-inspired home accessories. Then take a discount off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code:

* SummerFun to get 10% off everything
* RedWhite&Blue to get 20% off everything when your order totals over $2000

The offer is valid now through May 28, 2019. However you choose to use your discount code, Greg and I wish you a very happy Memorial Day and happy home decor and antiques shopping!

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.

Living with Antiques and Heirlooms

Past Present Living with AntiquesWe love living with antiques and heirlooms and vintage decor, and our customers who buy antique furniture in our online store also enjoy collecting and displaying these unique pieces.

This is why we were delighted when we found this book called Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques. Author Susan Sully’s book shows how to blend heirlooms and antiques into contemporary homes in a beautiful way that is easy to live with.

As Sully says: “Antiques add the touch of time and the human hand. Every dented baby cup, mended tablecloth, perfectly or imperfectly preserved piece of silver or porcelain tells a story that began long ago and hasn’t ended yet. There are no rules about living with them, except to take what’s old and keep it young by making it part of daily life.”

Dining room with antiques

Every piece of antique furniture that we find in Europe and ship back to the USA certainly has a story behind it, and it is a joy to see these gorgeous hand-crafted antiques start a new chapter of their story in our customers’ homes.  You can see for yourself how good they look in our mini tours of customer homes in our series of Customer Spotlights.

sitting room with antiques

Sully’s book shows examples of 20 houses to illustrate how the past can meet the present in her guide to incorporating antiques and heirlooms into every kind of interior design scheme, including more contemporary looks. In the photo above, beautiful antique furniture like the painted Florentine chest are mixed with a contemporary leather sofa, a 20th century Lucite table and an exotic zebra rug! One of the key tricks in living with antiques today is to be brave about mixing and matching objects from different eras and in different styles. As we can see,  the eclectic mix works perfectly!

Kitchen table living with antiques

Sully’s book also shows how to pull together traditionally-inspired interiors that aren’t fussy or stiff, For example, this kitchen looks so welcoming and cozy for a family gathering. Although there are many antique and vintage pieces here, the bolt of teal blue color gives a firmly contemporary touch. Another of Sully’s tricks is to change finishes and upholstery to give them new life, or to combine objects in unusual juxtapositions.

Formal dining room living with antiques

Sully also takes it upon herself to show how to set inviting tables, like this formal dining room with antique furniture which features a clever display of artichokes in classic European style. She also gives hints on how to display collections creatively. The 20 houses featured in the book range from a converted 1915 fire station in Alabama, to a Greek Revival mansion in New Orleans. What a terrific celebration of living with antique furniture and heirloom pieces!

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: Sailing Ship Crystal Chandelier

Among the antique and vintage chandeliers that we sell, we also sell many gorgeous new chandeliers and our best-selling new chandelier of all time is this stunning sailing ship crystal chandelier.   Our customer Konnee in Malabar, FL, recently bought one of the chandeliers and sent photos of it in her home, so we can see exactly why this beauty is so popular! Crystal Ship ChandelierThis is the large crystal ship chandelier, measuring more than 30 inches long. The  high-quality chandelier is terrifically detailed and lavishly adorned with glass crystals, along with six lights, some glass elements and antiqued bronze metal. Every time we get new stock in of the chandelier it sells out quickly because so many people love it for its exceptional sparkle and unique character.  If you click through on the crystal ship chandelier on sale on our website and it shows as out of stock, email or call us anyway, and we’ll make sure that you are first in line when we receive new stock in a few weeks!

crystal ship chandelier in dining roomHere is the chandelier in Konnee’s Florida home. She decided to hang it in her dining room. “I love it,” Konnee wrote to us. “I knew I would and it looks great.” We agree! It especially looks terrific against Konnee’s wood ceiling, which evokes the wood timbers of a ship on the high seas! Here is another angle on the ship chandelier in Konnee’s dining room. Look at how brilliantly it shines with all the gazillions of crystals! It looks amazing and we are so glad that she sent the photos because you can really see just how spectacular the sailing ship light looks in real life. It is the perfect finishing touch for a summer coastal cottage or a cabin on the lake,  and a great choice for any nautical themed decor. It will brighten up any room, whether you want to say “ahoy matey” in a beach themed bathroom, create a talking point and focal point in a living room,  or welcome guests with a jaunty piece of decor in your entryway.

Seeing the crystal sailing ship chandelier in Konnee’s home has made my day and put a smile on my face, which is what beautiful and unique design should always do. It’s also put me in the mood for spending a nice relaxing time by the ocean. Greg… when can we leave for summer vacation?

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.

Strong Curves in Furniture Trends

Strong curves in furniture were a key trend in both the 2019 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the last Las Vegas Winter Market, according to Houzz. The curves might be in a more traditional piece of furniture or in a modern and streamlined piece. Either way the strong curved shapes break up the hard edges of straight lines and angles and give a softer and more welcoming look.

Antique Art Nouveau Buffet SideboardLet’s take a look at some great examples of curvy furniture available in our online new and antique furniture store.

We recently found this gorgeous antique Art Nouveau server or sideboard in France and shipped it back to the USA to put in the store. Dating to 1900, the beautiful walnut wood Art Nouveau cabinet boasts curvy side rails in the flowing style typical of Art Nouveau, framing the many useful shelves.

This versatile piece is perfect as a dining room server, but you could also use it as a home bar or — thanks to the mirror back — even as a vanity in your bedroom.

Theodore Alexander Chest of DrawersThis Theodore Alexander bowfront chest of drawers features a bold curved front that creates a fabulous profile. The chest is based on original Louis XVI style furniture and it is crafted in burl with brass engraved panels. You can picture two of these flanking a doorway, window, or other architectural feature where the strong curve of the bowfront will create visual interest in a room otherwise full of straight lines.

La Rochelle settee

If you are looking for curves, you look to Rococo! The swirling Rococo style of furniture is full of seduction, as you can see from this newly crafted La Rochelle settee. The new settee is designed in the French Rococo style with a solid wood construction and black velvet upholstery. The eye immediately goes to the settee back with its curves and flourishes and intricate lace carving. The French cabriole legs also add a softness to the settee, which has an antique gold finish to add to the glamour and romance.

Curved Settee Handcrafted USAIf you are looking for something with a more contemporary silhouette, this new blue settee is hand-crafted in the USA with a wood frame and blue leather upholstery. The lines are clean and modern with a back that slopes down into curved arms.  This is a more architectural and tailored interpretation of the strong curves trend. If you wanted to keep the tailored feel, you would add a couple of square throw pillows, perhaps in a bold contrast color like red or black. To soften the look, a chunky knit cream throw draped over one side would add texture.

Dovetail Chaise Longue Mid ModFinally, this new Dovetail Furniture James chaise is even more spare in design, letting the curve of the chaise do all the talking! This chaise is a great choice for a Contemporary, Modern or Mid-Century Modern style space, and it is beautifully made and hand-finished. It is crafted with a chrome plated steel frame and hand-finished vintage look leather upholstery.

So… think outside the box! Whether you prefer minimalist structures or more flamboyant traditional styles, there is a piece of furniture with strong curves that will suit your interior design scheme and give a new twist to your decor.

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.

Antique Buffets in Today’s Homes

Antique buffets are increasingly popular for today’s homes, bought by people who want a unique and very useful piece of storage furniture. In addition to providing versatile storage and serving space, the antique buffets in our online store are beautifully handcrafted, often featuring ornate hand-carvings and elegant glass doors. We find our buffets in Europe — most of them are French — and hand-pick the best to ship them back to the USA. Our customers can’t get enough of these fabulous pieces! Here are some photos of antique buffets making a great impression in our customers’ homes.

Antique French Brittany Buffet with Jadeite Fire King

Debbie and Drew bought this antique French Brittany buffet from us and discovered it was the perfect choice for their kitchen as it was just the right size to fit with the lower ceilings in their space. Debbie found in our store a very beautiful antique Brittany buffet that is on the petite side so it fit exactly where she needed the buffet in her kitchen. As you can see, it was the ideal piece to display her Jadeite Fire King collection, made by Anchor Hocking in the 1940s.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Natalya in California bought this delightfully pretty Henry II Renaissance style antique French buffet from us for her kitchen. Elaborate walnut carvings make a wonderful decorative statement in her kitchen.  The buffet dates to 1900 and as Natalya has three lively young sons running around, a big sturdy buffet like this is perfect for the kitchen. The storage space in the large buffet makes it as practical for Natalya’s family as it is beautiful.

repurposed Antique French Brittany Buffet

This is an antique French Brittany buffet that we delivered to our customer May in Pensacola Beach, Florida. Although the buffet dates to 1880, May wanted us to give it an update and alter it to accommodate a TV for viewing in her bedroom. So we asked a local restoration company to remove the central support between the left and center upper doors, and attach it to the end of the left door. They did a wonderful job and it is now a gorgeous TV cabinet for May. The front of the cabinet is hand-carved in traditional Brittany style with scenes of rural life and figures of a man and woman acting as support columns.

antique French Louis XV Buffet

Many of our customers buy an antique buffet from us for their dining rooms. This is the perfect place for it as it stores all your serving dishes, stemware and silverware, and also provides extra serving space when you are entertaining. For example, Paul and Lane selected this antique Louis XV Buffet from Liege, Belgium, from us for their handsome dining room.

antique French dining chairs Renaissance

Lenore and John bought this super antique French Henry II buffet in the Hunting style from us for their recently purchased cottage in North Carolina. The cottage is more than 100 years old so it makes sense to furnish it with antiques too! A carved scene of a hunter and stag on the upper cabinet makes this buffet a work of art as well as a beautiful piece of furniture. The two lower cabinet doors are carved with mythical, dragon-like creatures which add yet more character to this charming cottage. The vintage French chairs are also from our store.

Then Lenore found another buffet she loved, and she decided to get creative with it for her bedroom! Louis XVI antique sideboard bedroom

The pretty Louis XVI buffet is carved in oak wood with delightful ribbons, floral designs and coats of arms. Crafted in France in 1930, the buffet also features mirrored doors and open display shelves that made it the perfect choice to be repurposed as a bedroom dresser.  There is so much space to tuck away your jewels and silk scarves and other favorite pieces of clothing!

If you want to browse our antique buffets in our store, we are sure you will find plenty of inspiration for your own home. Remember that shipping is always free in the continental US and some parts of Canada, so you can afford to indulge yourself with one of these unique pieces of furniture that are as useful as they are handsome!

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.

Religious Treasures: Antique French Prie-Dieu Prayer Chairs

As we approach Easter week, we often have more inquiries about the antique religious treasures in our online store. During this Holy Week, I wanted to shine a special spotlight on antique French prayer chairs, also called a prie-dieu in French.Antique French Prie-Dieu for sale at EuroLuxHome.com

These exceptional pieces of furniture are not only beautiful in design, but they are created purely for the purpose of prayer and devotion. Prie-dieu literally means “Pray god” and people use it as a knee rest in their prayers and as a support for prayer books.

This superb antique French prie-dieu currently on sale in our online store is a wonderful example.  It is finely crafted in cherry wood and upholstered with green velvet and it dates to about 1890. Notice the decorative shell on the back of the chair and the turned spindle posts.

When we find a prie-dieu while on our buying trips in France, we know that these pieces have been treasured for many years, often for much more than a century. It is touching to to imagine how many devout worshippers have paid their religious devotions and dedicated their prayers while supported by these chairs.

Here is another example of a prayer chair, which we found during one of our antiques buying trips. Although prayer chairs were most often for private devotional use at home, some would also be found in churches, like this one that we discovered for sale at a church in Normandy.

antique French Prie Dieu

The chair dated to 1890. It was a bit sad and sorry for itself, but the carvings in the oak wood were lovely and in good shape.

Prie-dieu antique French

So we brought it home and had it reupholstered in red velvet, to keep the overall look of the prayer chair as close as possible to the original upholstery.  Isn’t it gorgeous? Our customers thought so, and we quickly got a lot of inquiries and it was snapped up.

The prie-dieu was given its name around the early 17th century although the item of furniture was used long before that. You might sometimes have seen a prie-dieu used at a church wedding, where it is provided for the elaborately bedecked bride and her groom to kneel on during the service!

The prayer chairs above are quite ornate in their carvings and design, but here’s another example with a simpler but no less lovely design.

Vintage French Prayer Chair

This vintage French prie-dieu is still currently available in our online store at the time of writing, and it is crafted in walnut wood and boasts a rattan seat. It dates to about 1930, which explains the lighter and more streamlined silhouette, reflecting the tastes of the modern era around the Art Deco period.

If you’ve enjoyed our exploration into the prie-dieu, then you might also enjoy reading my blog post about other kinds of Antique Religious Treasures. You can also browse the vintage and antique French prayer chairs in our online store.

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: Barcelona Dining Chairs and Parquet Table

We were delighted to ship this wonderful new set of Barcelona dining chairs and matching Barcelona dining table to LeeAnn K. in Wickenburg, AZ. We were even more delighted when she sent us a photo of the dining set in her home!

Barcelona dining chair LeeAnn ordered five of the Barcelona dining chairs from us, The antique-inspired chair is very handsomely crafted with a solid wood construction that has a distressed walnut finish. The wood is complemented by an oatmeal linen back with a classic tufted upholstery design and a leather upholstered seat.  The combination of leather and linen looks luxurious and a bold nailhead trim also adds to the traditional appeal.

Curvy X-shaped stretchers crowned with a bold finial make this chair a beauty from top to toe, while the finial and the flourish of the scroll legs gives an architectural look. Although newly crafted, the Barcelona chair truly looks as if it belongs in a noble house in the heart of Old World Europe!

Barcelona dining table LeeAnn also ordered the Barcelona dining table from us. The dining table with an antiqued walnut finish stands on a shapely pedestal that is a great complement to the skirted top. The sturdy table has a round top with an unusual parquet design forming the petals of a flower. As you can see from this bird’s eye view of the table top, the attractive geometric floral parquet adds great visual and textural interest.

Barcelona table parquet top

When LeeAnn sent us the photo of the Barcelona table and chairs in her home, she added a note: “The table and chairs arrived today and look so beautiful… Thank you for helping us with this amazing purchase.”

Barcelona Table & Chairs

You are very welcome, LeeAnn… any time! And we love the way the Barcelona set looks in your home – it is stunning! The whole effect has an Old World feel, especially as you have chosen such a terrific chandelier to hang over the table, which really ties the whole look together. We imagine that you will enjoy many sumptuous feasts with friends and family gathered around!

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.