Buying antique furniture is a significant purchase. It’s an opportunity to invest in a statement piece that combines beauty with exquisite craftsmanship. Choosing the right antique is an important decision and it is worth taking your time: after all, these are more than just objects of beauty or functional furnishings.
Buying an antique is investing in a little history for your home. To help you make the right decision, let’s look at our top picks for October.
1. 19th century French Boulle Card Table
How many fortunes were made at this charming 19th Century Louis XVI style card table? Cast a glance across the busy room and you can see the players, throwing their cards down on the green baize surface and laughing as they reveal a winning hand. Forgive our whimsical flights of fancy, but a delightful card table such as this seems to invite you into a bygone age. Serpentine shaped with inlaid Boulle and ormolu finished brass decoration, it’s a perfect conversation piece for your next Bridge night.
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2. Large Late Regency Centre Dining Table
Buying a dining table is a significant purchase. It will be the place where you entertain, bring the family together, celebrate and make memories. It should be a piece of furniture that you adore; an example of fine craftsmanship that you will want to keep in the family for generations to come. An outstanding example like this late Regency circular dining table in rich Mahogany possesses the clean lines and smooth tri-form base we associate with the period, giving it a look that is unmistakably antique, yet quite ageless. Measuring 190cm across, it possesses six ebonised leaves that clip together to expand the diameter to 236cm.
3. Georgian Period Satinwood Penbroke Table
Small and beautifully functional, this 18th Century Pembroke table in light satinwood is a delightful example of the Georgian taste for occasional tables. With oval panels, ebony string inlaid legs and a neat bow-fronted drawer, this has a decorative appeal that belies its practical value. The original brass bucket castors remain, allowing you to move this gorgeous example of 18th Century craftsmanship freely. A functional and visually stunning antique with functional purpose, perfect in the Georgian home, perfect right now.
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4. 14 Chippendale Style 19th Century Dining Chair by Morant & Co
Mordant & Co were one of the most successful cabinet makers of the 19th Century. Their work was exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London and was awarded Royal Appointment status to Queen Victoria. Clearly, this fine quality set of 14 mahogany dining chairs have the calibre of pedigree we seldom find in such an outstanding and complete set (comprising two armed chairs and twelve singles). Chippendale style with foliate carving and blind fretwork decoration make these dining chairs not only an outstanding investment for the serious antique connoisseur, but also an elegant statement piece to complete your dining room.
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5. 18th Century Georgian Mahogany Serpentine Fronted Bachelors Chest
The glorious serpentine curve on this 18th Century mahogany chest of drawers is quintessentially Georgian in style. Its smooth lines require no extra adornment, making this the perfect antique to introduce into a modern home. Originally, the Bachelor’s Chest was intended to be a useful storage space for all the stylish wardrobe essentials required by the young bachelor. One can imagine the collar studs and hog bristle hairbrushes that would have found a home in these drawers. Have we really changed? The clothing, colognes and hairstyles have changed, but a modern gentleman still requires a stylish chest in which to keep his personal things. Of course, you may have an entirely different idea about how you would use this impressive antique, but we can be certain that wherever this chest is situated, it will be a wonderful addition to your home.
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