Our Five Top picks for October

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.

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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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Brighton: The Hidden Gems of The Lanes

If you’re planning a trip to Brighton, then the Lanes are a must-visit location. With quirky shops, real ale pubs and a wealth of arts and culture, this unique destination is one of the country’s favourite shopping locations. If you’re heading to our Brighton antiques warehouse, it is definitely worth taking a trip to the Lanes, where you can see the history of this stunning town all around you and enjoy a unique Brighton shopping experience.

A step back in time

This historic district dates back to the 16th century when it was a part of the ancient fishing settlement of Brighthelmstone. The Lanes were increasingly developed during the late 1700s and had been entirely laid out in 1792. These narrow shopping streets feel like a step back in time, with lots of different periods of history on show. You can catch glimpses of Brighton’s past everywhere in the Lanes, from old hand-painted signs to 18th-century architecture to the oldest pub in the town, the Cricketers Arms, which dates back to 1545! The Lanes has a long history of commerce, from ancient fisheries to breweries to confectioneries. If you are a history lover, make sure to pick up a stunning antique from Patrick Moorhead, and wander the rows of artefacts and treasures from around the world.

A shopper’s paradise

The Lanes has long been a destination for those looking for unique purchases and one of a kind treasures. From antique jewellers to independent boutiques to contemporary art galleries, the Lanes is bursting with individual businesses who have flocked to this historic location. The Lanes is full of hidden gems, providing a welcome antidote to modern chains and soulless retail parks. Enjoy incredible window displays, handmade one-of-a-kind items and get lost in the twisting streets and narrow lanes. Book lovers will delight in the Lanes’ range of independent bookshops, stocking everything from limited edition works to the latest bestseller. It’s also perfect for fashion fans looking for items to stand out from the crowd.

A Creative Hub

Brighton is well known for its creative vibe and distinctive arts community. The Lanes is one of Brighton’s creative hubs, with live music echoing around its narrow streets. Enjoy buskers and street performers, playing everything from jazz to poetry. World-famous street artist, Banksy has left his mark too, make sure you see his ‘Kissing Policeman’ work. There are a host of art galleries to visit if you are looking for contemporary art or want to see more of the local arts scene.

Unique Eating Experiences

If you’re tired after a day of antique shopping and treasure hunting, the Lanes is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and a drink, whilst soaking up the atmosphere of this unique destination. Eat al fresco if the weather is fine at one of the Lanes’ stunning independent restaurants. From luxurious fine dining restaurants to some of the country’s best vegetarian and vegan eateries, there is something for every taste. Brighton’s eclectic nature is captured in the diverse range of cuisines available, from French bistros to Chinese restaurants to Indian cafes to traditional English pub food.

Antique Treasures

For antique lovers, there is something magical about the Lanes, and this vibrant location is a perfect picture of Brighton’s commercial past and creative future. Make sure you also visit our stunning antique showroom in Brighton for a carefully curated shopping experience with only the most exquisite antiques and collectables. As Brighton’s leading antique dealer, we are proud of our historic town and strive to capture its eclectic appeal in our incredible range of antiques from around the world.