Friday, September 12, 2008

Classic Bedroom

Italian, European and imported Classic bedroom furniture collections.

Elegance bedroom crafted from birch wood with cherry veneers and burl inlays on the drawer fronts.Decorate leather with individual antique brass nail heads.The dresser and nightstands comes with an attached marble top. The drawers come with drawer stops, dove tailing, single wood glides on the small drawers and double glides on the large drawers plus dust covers.

Traditional Louis Phillippe bedroom is perfectly interpreted in this timeless design. Excitement comes from functional hidden drawer, classic antique brass handle, and largely scaled case pieces with over-hang top and fluted wood molding on the front and sides. Elegance and beauty are brought to mind when viewing this popular collection. The wood itself is hardwood done in updated warm distressed cherry finish. Dijon II Collection is available in traditional sleigh bed, and panel bed.

An urban contemporary bedroom in an espresso finish on cherry solids veneers and selected hardwoods. The geometric design in satin nickel further represents the contemporary styling.

Classic bedroom set. In stock. Lead time is 2-3 weeks. The craftsmanship and timeless elegance of old world European antiques, Valentino has been carefully designed and hand crafted . A beautiful piece of art attains a perfect balance by combining all of its elements. The selection of imported woods detailed with extensive hand carving to the original creation of our multi step "Tuscan Miele" finish.

This Ladya Sleigh-Gondola Bed is a stunning example of how classic Sleigh Bed design has been taken to a completely new level. The curved side rails make a strong statement regarding the character and bold lines of this unique bed and the Oval Marble Medallion accent in the center of the headboard is a signature design element throughout the Ladya Collection.Crafted from Birch Solids Cherry and Mapa Burl Veneers Honey Walnut Finish Queen bed 76''w-99''d-76'' Cal.King 88''w-99''d-78''H East.King 88''- 96''d -79''H Bedside Chest H34.00" W32.00" D20.00" Dresser H42.00" W78.00" D20.50" Dresser Mirror H48.50" W52.50" D2.00" 6 Drawer Chest H66.50" W53.00" D20.25" Armoire H92.00" W54.25" D24.25" Leather Bedside Bench H21.00" W54.75" D24.50"

Classic bedroom set collection. Decorate with 2 tone wood finish. In stock.

The Luxury renowned French cabaret , as it represents a multitude of light -hearted, versatile , and memorable sides of France's glamourous epoque .The set is sure to please and allows enough versatility to fill any space.

Kids Bedroom

Mahogany finish single bed decorate with victorian shape of furniture.Easy gliding drawers with automatic stops.

Solid Oak and oak veneers bank bed Full size and Twin. Also avaliable matching Headboard for same collection of kids bedroom.

Provincial style kids set

Birch kids of single bedroom set.

Single bed contemporary style with trundle bed under platform bed.

Classic collection single bed twin size. High Gloss with picture inlay. Walnut color. Made in Italy.

Give your kids a cozy place to wind down after a long day of play. This Louis Philippe youth bed collection is in warm light brown finish and features wood on wood glides on drawers. Made of select hardwoods and veneers.

Contemporary bedroom set .HIgh Gloss. Available in Cherry and Dark Wenge color. In stock in size :FULL and QUEEN platform bed.Matching computer desk.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Antique Chinese Living Room Furniture

Decorating With Chinese Antique Living Room Furniture

A pair of red and green Chinese wedding cabinets found in Belgium fit perfectly into Lina Kanafani's living room alcoves. ¡°Their colours are a source of warmth and add playfulness to the general ambience of the room,¡± she explains. In practical terms, they are used to store the music system, speakers, CDs, books and magazines. For Kanafani, aesthetics is more important than value: ¡°They may not be ¡®important' pieces as far as Chinese furniture is concerned, but they have perfectly achieved the effect I was after.¡±

In a corner of the living room is a Japanese screen which dates from the late 16 th century and depicts the Imperial horse stables. The carpet is late 17 th century Chinese and the pair of Huanghuali horseshoe back chairs are part of a set of four 17 th century pieces.

Clean lines, lack of ornamentation and a subtle colour scheme characterize Kai-Yin Lo's living room, where Chinese art is hung on the walls with architectural precsion. A pair of window panels features the persimmon in a four-petal design. ¡°One of the earliest plant motifs used in China, the persimmon dates more than 1,800 years to the Han dynasty,¡± she says. On a Ming side table at the back of the room is a pot filled with 200-year-old fungus called Lingzhi found in Anhui province.

A pair of sofas dressed in pale textured fabrics stand in the center of Kai-Yin Lo's living room, defining the seating area in the flowing, open plan space. Recessed and spot lighting illuminate her extensive collection of Chinese art and furniture. A low platform functions as a coffee table; it was originally one of the earliest types of raised seating in China. This rare piece dates from the 18 th century and is made of nan mu (a variety of cedarwood). It is constructed of three modular sections which can function as a single platform (pictured here), or used separately as smaller seats, stands or low tables. On top is a miniature Ming display table featuring a collection of Buddhist knots of destiny. A silk padded screen, featuring artworks in ink and colour, shields the dining room from the living area. A 3 rd -century Gandhara Buddha from the Indus Valley stands serenely in the entrance hall.

¡°Rocks are treasured by Chinese collectors as objects of art,¡± explains Wu. ¡°They symbolize nature and can be brought inside so one can contemplate nature indoors.¡± This malachite stone from Shilu Mountain is an impressive example.

A classic 16th-century Ming lute table stands against the far wall; it would have been an important part of the scholar's accoutrements of the time. Calligraphy is regarded as the highest form of art in China and Wu Bruce has a spectacular collection. Hanging behind the lute table is a 16 th -17 th -century scroll by Zheng Da Qian which depicts the lone scholar in the mountains. The pair of calligraphy couplets are by early 20 th -century calligrapher Lin San Zhi; they refer to furniture. In the foreground, a dash of contemporary style is added with colourful Iranian rugs. The extremely heavy yellow wax ¡®Lashi' stone symbolizes nature being brought inside.

Floor-to-ceiling glass panels overlooking a central stairway help open up the interior of this four-storey London house. In the living room, things are kept architecturally minimal with white walls, a pale wood floor and spot lighting. The clean-lined approach is maintained with select pieces of pared-down antique furniture. A Ming luohan chuang (couch bed)-which would have originally been used for relaxation, meditation or conversation, often moved onto a terrace or into a garden to enjoy nature from-stands against the rear wall; to the left is a carved candlestand.

In the library, a 19th-century Anatolian kilim hangs on the wall; to the rear is a 17th-century Huanghuali painting table and a 16th-17th-century southern official's armchair. In the foreground, and Elmwood and red lacquer 19th-century ladder rests against the bookcases. The occupants prize the form of the furniture over the media used to create it as the most important feature in their collection.

Living with Ming: in a corner of the master bedroom, a Huanghuali Ming table and a southern official's armchair function as a desk area; above the desk hangs a textile from the Kaitag region of Daghestan, dated to the 18th-century or earlier. Neolithic pots, Japanese 19th-century baskets and a modern pot by Jeff Shapiro fill shelving units on either side. The landscape painting on silk is by Fu Shan (1607-1684 )

Carol Lu elegantly installed classic, clean-lined Ming furniture within a quasi-industrial palette in her light and airy Hong Kong apartment. In the entranceway, the concrete floor is tactile, durable and childproof. A sliding oak door seals off the space that features a burgundy back wall, a spindleback chair and a huge atmospheric canvas by Paris-based artist Zao Wuki.

White walls, a striped cream sofa and beige carpeting form the backdrop to a collection of Chinese antiques in the living room. With a nod to practicality, Chang added a glass top to an old wooden trunk engraved with country scenes. Against the wall stands a pair of Qing dynasty wod and brass doors from Shanxi province; near the sliding doors to the dining room is a 1930s cabinet which demonstrates the mix of Western and Chinese elements characteristic of the time. The glass in the bottom section is original.

In the living room of Brad Davis and Janis Provisor's apartment, a seepskin throw is draped over a pistachio green sofa; a 1940s chair is covered with leopard-skin print fabric and an Isamu Noguchi lamp stands in the corner. Hanging above the brick fireplaceis a watercolour by Janis Provisor; on the mantelpiece is a collection of Italian glassware from the 1950s alongside antique Chinese jars and vases. On the wall hangs a pair of calligraphy scrolls.

In the living room, a rare 18th-century child's horseshoe backed armchair made entirely of bamboo stands next to a 16 th -centruy Ming Kang table covered in woven bamboo and lacquered in red over black. In the foreground is a low table displaying 18th - and 19th-century Tibetan silver bowls. The Tang horse is a fine example in apple green glaze, with its original unglazed saddle.

Chinese Antique Dining Room Furniture

Decorating With Antique Chinese Dining Room Furniture

The walls of the dining room are painted a warm mustard colour to offset the burgundy drapes and a restored wooden Qing dynasty lampshade is covered with Xian silk. Six yokeback armchairs - all balanced forms and artistic lines-are placed around the dining table set with traditional Korean celadon ware.

Chinese calligraphy, carved woods, latticework, lacquer and open fireplaces define the series of intimate lounges and dining room which make up BAM-BOU restaurant in London's Fitzrovia. Vietnam and China have interwoven histories and today the ethnic-Chinese (Hoa) constitute the largest single minority group in Vietnam. It is common to fine Chinese temples and homes that once belonged to rich mandarins still intact across the country today.

The impressive dining room table was one of the first types of mechanical furniture ever built and features a 0.25-m (10-in) flap all around. This can be folded down so the table becomes nearly half a metre (1.5ft ) smaller. In the middle is a ¡®Lazy Susan' on which stands a Worcester china pot, part of a collection. The pair of 17 th -century Chinese cabinets is made of Huanghuali and Camphor woods.

The minimal dining room showcases four Huanghuali horse-shoe armchairs. Against the rear wall stands a sloping stile wood-hinged cabinet. The travertine marble floor heightens the industrial feel of the space.

A custom-made dining table and chairs add a contemporary touch to the dining room. An ugly bank of windows has been covered with Japanese style sliding screens, which let the light through. Beneath the windows is a bamboo cabinet and on top an original art deco gramohone from Shanghai. Two Beijing silk table runners add a decorative touch to the dark wood dining table. In the foreground is a latticework cabinet used for storing tableware.

Chang keeps things simple when entertaining. He dresses the table with bamboo place mats, white ceramic fan-shaped underplates and classic blue and white chopsticks. Jasmine tea is served from white china cups.

The dining room table has been double lacquered and scraped to look like a painted surface. The pale green upholstered chairs are by Gio Ponto; the tableware is Fort Street Studio's own design. On the altar table is a collection of colored glassware from Germany alongside Westernstyle Chinese ceramics. ¡°We try to find things that are eccentric and European-based; things that are Chinese but don't necessarily look Chinese.¡± Above the altar table is ¡®Daddy's Girl', a painting by Janis Provisor.

In the dining room, a wall has been painted red to provide a striking backdrop for a pair of silk calligraphy scrolls found along the Yang Tze Kiang River. One scroll bears the pre-battle thoughts of Chu Ker Liang, a famous advisor to army generals at the time of the Three Kingdoms. The other scroll reveals his thoughts post-battle. A carved door panel and altar table are against the opposite wall.

Friday, May 30, 2008

French Consoles

Curved Empire Desk & Bookcase Desk: 94" wide x 25" deep x 29 1/2" tall Bookcase: 136" wide x 46" deep x 105" tall Very unusual 19th century French Empire curved mahogany desk with six drawers, bronze d'ore and patinated bronze stylized cheetahs, and leather top. With matching curved mahogany bookcase with open shelves above 4 doors and 4 drawers decorated with bronze d'ore Empire mounts.

Louis XV Desk Signed by "H Dasson" 78" wide x 37 1/2" deep x 30 1/4" tall French 19th century Boulle Louis XV Bureau plat with ormolu mounts and gold tooled leather top. Signed by "H Dasson"

Louis XV Center Table 64 3/4" long x 38" deep x 29 1/2" tall French 19th century Louis XV carved gilt wood center table with contoured marble top

One of a Pair of Louis XVI Painted Consoles 47 1/2" wide x 20 1/2" deep x 35 1/2" tall Pair 19th century carved and painted Louis XVI consoles with marble tops

Painted Regence console with marble top 83 1/2" long x 21 1/2" deep x 36" tall Painted Regence console with marble top

Napoleon III Gold Leaf Console 59" wide x 18 1/4" deep x 37 1/2" tall Beautifully carved Napoleon III gilt wood console with breche violet marble top. Circa 1870

Chinoiserie Chest Stamped "Dasson" 55" wide x 23" deep x 38 3/4" tall Exquisite black laquer Chinoiserie Louis XVI commode with bronze d'ore mounts and Amarillo marble top; stamped "Dasson" Circa 1890

Monday, May 26, 2008

Antiques Bedroom Furniture

Victorian Birds Eye Maple Bedroom Suite ca 1890

The wardrobe has a moulded cornice above two small cupboard doors (the interior has one removable shelf) and three small over one large deep drawer. All the drawers have original brass rococo handles. The piece has its original bevelled full length mirror, the interior has a brass hanging rail and hooks, and the piece splits into four sections for ease of removals. Height 218cms/86inches Width 150cms/59inches Depth 59cms/23inches

The chest of drawers has a rectangular moulded top above two over three graduating drawers with original brass rococo handles, stands on beautiful shaped bracket feet and has original backboards, unusually the piece splits into two sections for ease of removals. Height 102cms/40inches Width 107cms/42inches Depth 47cms/18.5inches

The dressing table has a shield shaped bevelled mirror above two jewellery drawers and central shaped shelf. The lower section has a rectangular moulded top above a central drawer with kneehole, flanked by two smaller drawers and all have original brass rococo handles. The piece stands on four tapering lags with spade feet and original brass and porcelain castors. Height 170cms/67inches Width 122cms/48inches Depth 56cms/22inches

What is That Piece of Furniture Called?

by Bob Brooke

Do you sometimes get confused with furniture names? If you’re a collector of antiques, you probably have found that the same name can often refer to several different kinds of furniture. If you’re just starting to collect antiques, you’re probably just downright confused. Furniture was named in two ways: After its use or after its maker or manufacturer. Knowing that will help you in purchasing older pieces that may have names that seem strange to you today, for over time many furniture names have changed through use and have become part of the vernacular of English.
For instance, Lambert Hitchcock of Hitchcocksville, Connecticut, created the first mass-produced chair which today bears his name. The Boston rocker originated in a cabinetmaker’s shop in Boston. The davenport, a small desk with a hinged lid that opens out for writing, was originally made by William Davenport. Later, a large sofa which sometimes converted into a bed also became known as a davenport.
In colonial days, a bed meant a featherbed or mattress. The frame was known as a bedstead. Mirrors were known as looking glasses. A chest with four or more drawers was known as a high-daddy.
One of the oddest pieces of furniture is the commode. Initially a French chest of drawers on legs, later called a chiffonier and moved to refer to a movable washstand, with basin, waste pipe, etc. to a piece of furniture containing a chamber pot. Finally, the name became a pseudo-intellectual name for the common toilet.
Sofa, couch, love seat, or divan–all refer to the same type of seating. Or do they? A couch was actually a bed, from coucher, the French word meaning to lie down. A settee was an elongated armchair that accommodated two or more people. Developed in the 17th century, it was often upholstered.
A love seat was and still is a long seat consisting of two seating cushions and intended to accommodate two people. Anything with more than two cushions was called a sofa.
The sofa’s origins appear to stem from the French day-bed, referring to any type of elongated seating, including the chaise longue, or “long chair,” designed for resting rather than sleeping. It usually had a raised end. While most early sofas were upholstered, springs weren’t used in them until the early 19th century.
An ottoman was an upholstered footstool or low bench without arms or back, named after the Turkish influence of the early 18th century.
Case furniture, that is furniture used for storage, came in all sorts of forms. The trendy armoire was originally a large mobile cupboard or wardrobe featuring doors and shelves for clothes storage. A German variation was known as a kas. A more modern version, also containing drawers, came to be called a wardrobe.
Chests also came in many varieties. Originally a piece of squared furniture with drawers, it became known as a commode to the French. A variation used a desk, featuring a fall-front, a cylinder front or a tambour (roll-top) was called a bureau. A low English chest of drawers on long legs was known as a lowboy and later as a dressing table. By mounting a chest of drawers on top of it, it became a highboy, from the French haut bois which means "high wood."
Dining rooms had a sideboard, a table with a wide drawer at the center flanked by drawers or cupboards on the sides and made to be used against a dining room wall for storing and serving food. Sideboards began as credenzas, a serving table with a cupboard below the surface, in the 15th Century. In the 16th Century, an upper, recessed tier was added. This was also known as a “dresser,” where dishes were dressed before serving. Today, this piece of furniture is commonly called a buffet, based on its use as a vehicle for self-serve dinners.
Today’s china closet was originally called a vitrine, a cabinet with a glass door. The sides and top were often also of glass, and it was designed to store and display china and curios.
Lastly, to keep milk and freshly-baked pies protected from flies, simple cupboards, known as pie and milk safes, with doors fitted with decorative, pierced tin panels to let the air circulate through them, were popular from the 1820's to after the Civil War.

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