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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 Brittany Furniture for Victorian Restoration

Angela M. recently bought several pieces of antique Brittany furniture from our gallery for the beautiful Victorian house that she is restoring in Galveston, TX.  The 1890 Victorian was almost completely gutted by fire about two decades ago. Here is the photo Angela sent us of the outside of the house as it looked nearly 120 years ago in the year 1894.

Our client's Victorian restoration home as looked in 1894

And below is a photo of the house “under new management” last year. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Front closeup

Angela says that the house is known for the lovely detailing around the porch of mariner’s wheels.  The white paint on the porch really makes those wheels stand out! Antique Brittany furniture is a perfect choice for the interior. The Brittany style often features maritime details such as ship’s wheels in tribute to coastal Brittany’s sea-faring history.

Brittany armoire 14-2A-1This is one of the pieces of antique Brittany furniture Angela chose for the house. It’s a display cabinet or bookcase dating to 1880, carved in chestnut with a beveled glass door. You can see the large ship’s wheel at the top of the French cabinet, tying in with the maritime theme of the house porch. The two galleries of spindles along the top and bottom of the bookcase are typical of Brittany style furniture. So are the hand-carved rosettes adorning the bottom drawer.
Antique Brittany Table KC-33A-1Angela also picked this Brittany style chestnut dining table dating to 1880. It’s a real stunner and the French craftsmanship is superb. Each leg boasts a carved figurine of a man or a woman wearing period regional costume. Carved figures of French country folk like these often decorate antique Brittany furniture. They are one of the most delightful characteristics of the style. The central stretcher beneath the table once again features a carved ship’s wheel.

Antique Brittany chairs KC-33B-1To match the table, Angela chose this splendid set of six Brittany dining chairs. Crafted in France in around 1880, the chestnut chairs are carved with an arched gallery of spindles on the crest rail. Each chair back features a carving of a French man or woman in happy pastoral scenes. Some of them are playing bagpipes. If you’re wondering why French country folk are playing bagpipes – an instrument that normally makes us think of Scotland – here’s the reason. Brittany is historically a Celtic nation, like Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Similar Celtic traditions and symbols appear in all those regions as they had such close cultural ties. Hence the bagpipes, which are often portrayed on antique Brittany furniture.

Due to Angela’s arthritis, she is having much of the Victorian restoration work done for her. We all know these things take time! But we hope she sends us photos of the antique Brittany furniture in place once the house is further along. Angela says “I should have waited a while to buy furniture, but I love the Brittany style and just couldn’t resist!”

We’re glad she gave in to temptation. She chose some exceptional furniture that will blend perfectly into the stately Victorian house and stay true to the exterior’s maritime theme.

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: Butler, GA

One of the many great reasons to buy Antique Furniture, is that you are being ecologically conscious.  By recycling an antique piece of furniture, you are choosing not to cause more trees to be cut down and are reducing the negative impact of manufacturing processes in countries like Indonesia.  You can feel good about being Green and reducing your ecologic footprint by buying Antiques!

French Antique Furniture can also be repurposed, or used in different ways than that which it was originally intended.  For instance, a new trend for 2011 in kitchen design is using Antique Buffets, Antique Armoires, or Antique Sideboards as free-standing kitchen cabinets.  Our customer Gregory M. thought of a unique way to repurpose an Antique Bookcase into a beautiful Gun Rack for his lovely vacation home in Butler, Georgia.

This striking Antique Bookcase was easily repurposed by adapting the existing shelves and adding a rack for the gun barrels.  The same process could convert a large Antique Bookcase or Antique Buffet into a wonderful way to store your wine collection!

We would love to see photos of Antique Furniture or Accessories from EuroLux Antiques in use in your home!

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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