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Antique Continental Furniture

Monday 20th February 2017

Looking through our stock of mainly English antique furniture, my eye is drawn to some of the interesting Continental pieces we have for sale at the moment.  I've highlighted the link to each one which takes you instantly to the photos.  

With Spring & Summer fast approaching, this lovely Early 19th Century Painted North Italian Console Jardiniere would be a wonderful piece for the Conservatory or indeed for a Hallway.  It would even look fantastic in the right bathroom with flowers cascading over the pretty carved rosettes.  Not just in spring or summer, it would of course add colour and interest in the winter months as well.

From France we have a versatile & very useful Centre Table in Parcel Gilt Walnut, which on one side is leathered for games or writing, and on the other is radially veneered, for use either as a small dining table or a lovely centre table. The fluted legs and mellow oil gilding give it a timeless elegance.

Still from France, we have a charming pair of Louis XVI style Carved & Parcel Gilt Armchairs or Fauteuils in the original paint, and a set of 4 Carved Directoire style Armchairs, also in the original paint.

A pretty little pair of kidney shaped Occasional Tables would make perfect Bedside Tables, with the galleried under-tier for extra shelf space and the interlaced stretcher giving attractive added detail.

Our delightful Louis XVI style Carved & Painted Console & Mirror would be ideal in a small hallway.  Note the open pierced carving on the frieze with flowerheads and a border of leaves, the floral carved truss on the legs and the acanthus crest & ribbon moulding surrounding the mirror.  I think it would also look pretty in a bedroom.

Back to Italy for this Early 19th Century Carved Giltwood Console Table with the original Breccia Marble top, the beaded frieze and under-tier with the original matching painted finish, the legs of C scroll form.

Our Pièce de Résistance has to be this wonderful Louis Philippe Secretaire attributable to JJ Werner of Paris.  Veneered in Burr Ash & Satinwood and with a marble top, the dramatic, theatrical, mirrored and pillared interior of this superb Secretaire needs to be seen to be believed. Look at the close-up photos to appreciate the quality of the workmanship, and note the inlay on the plateau which, though difficult to see in the photos, is multiplied by the reflection in the mirror on all sides.  This TRULY STUNNING piece, as well as being beautiful, has a large capacity for storage, with its inlaid writing drawers hiding copious secret drawers as well as 2 long drawers to the top and base, with sliding shelves in the interior of the latter. Historical note: Born in Switzerland, and active in Paris, JJ Werner specialised in furniture built from indigenous woods. There is a large collection of his furniture in the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and there are commodes in the Palais de Versailles and Le Petit Trianon.

CHB, February 2017


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