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What is the Renaissance Henry II Style of Antique Furniture?

If you are looking for a handsome carved antique buffet or dining chairs for your traditional dining room or great room, then you will definitely want to know about the Renaissance Henry II style of antique furniture. You can also check out some regal Renaissance Henry II furniture for sale on our website.

Antique French Buffet Henry II Renaissance BuffetThe Henry II style of antique furniture was influential for much longer than the brief twelve year reign of this King of France from 1547 to his death in 1559. This important furniture style lasted through the reigns of five French monarchs. But the antique Henry II furniture we sell today in this style actually dates to the Renaissance Revival period in the late 19th century, when this very traditional look returned to favor.

Antique Henry II Dining ChairsFurniture in the Henry II style displays the values and aesthetics of the Renaissance, which means rebirth. This rebirth of classical arts and philosophies of ancient Rome and Greece arose in Italy in the 15th century and spread across Europe, influencing architecture and the decorative arts.

Typical decorative details evoked Greek and Roman mythology and architecture, with an emphasis on classical symmetry. You can see the symmetry in these lovely antique Renaissance Henry II style dining chairs crafted in wood and dating to 1900.

Furniture is also adorned with carved arches and columns, stately pediments and attractive finials. Figurative carvings include male and female figures, faces and heads. For example, this gorgeous antique French Renaissance Henry II sideboard or server boasts a crowned Queen carved at the top.

Antique French buffets or servers in the Henry II style are often crafted in beautiful oak or walnut wood, with a rich patina from more than a century of age. The typical buffet will boast columns and spindles, including spindled galleries to serve as plate racks. However, there are many varieties of decorative designs on these unusual pieces.

The furniture also was influenced by the Hunting style, which was led by the French fashion to furnish hunting lodges and chateaux with furniture carved with images of rural life.

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchenHere are some piece of furniture in this style that customers have bought from us. They sent us some wonderful photos showing the furniture in their homes for our customer spotlights.

Our customer Kathleen in Oklahoma bought this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style and she made the clever decision to use it as a kitchen cabinet, providing extra storage and display space.  The geometric walnut marquetry and lovely turned legs are nicely set off by the gray marble top and it looks terrific in her kitchen! See more photos and Kathleen’s full story here.

Henry II style buffets often have bas-relief figures or scenes on the doors. This is a great example, from our client spotlight: Renaissance Chairs and Buffet in Chateau Home, Illinois.

Bob H. in Prairie Grove, Illinois, bought this buffet for his French Renaissance chateau style home. The beautiful buffet is carved with a knight on horseback on the doors. Bob decorated the marble top with a vintage porcelain figure of an apothecary and antique mortar and pestle sets. Can you guess he worked as a pharmacist?

Antique French Dining ChairsIris in Texas bought these oak Henry II dining chairs from us, featuring carvings of birds, and a pair of lions gazing out from the finials. The attractive brass handles are also typical of this style. Renaissance Henry II style antique furniture is all elegant and classically appealing, showing the high quality taste of kings!

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Client Spotlight: Creative New Use for Antique Nightstand

Antique French NightstandI love it when I see how creatively some of our customers use and display the antique furniture they buy from us. Our client Kathleen G.  in in Arcadia, OK, is a great example!

Kathleen purchased this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style and dating to 1900. The geometric walnut marquetry and lovely turned legs are nicely set off by the gray marble top. We suggested that the antique nightstand could be used not just as a bedside table, but also as an accent table in the living room or hallway. It would even look pretty in a powder room.

Kathleen went one better, and used the antique nightstand in an even more interesting way!

Antique nightstandKathleen is using the antique nightstand in her kitchen as a table with additional storage. It looks terrific against the wood floor and blends beautifully with Kathleen’s French Country style paneled cabinets.

French antique nightstandThis close-up gives you another view of how the antique nightstand looks in its new role as a kitchen cabinet. It’s such an interesting conversation piece. Inspired by Kathleen’s creative decor, I found a couple more examples of how people use antique furniture in unusual ways.

Creative placement of antique secretaireA House Beautiful magazine article showed this master bathroom designed by Paolo Moschino with a 19th-century antique English secretary. The secretary provides a lot of storage for towels and grooming products. It also looks gorgeous beside the old-fashioned tub, although I’d want good ventilation in the room in case it got too steamy and wet!

An antique Tibetan altar serves as a kitchen island in this Vermont barn house kitchen. The worn finish of the altar looks beautiful against the rustic wood floor and walls. I am sure that if they use the island to chop food they have a good chopping board on top. The altar is a unique and decorative storage space and room divider, and a nice island to gather around for coffee!
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve found a creative new use for antique or vintage furniture. Tell us in the comments 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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.