FIND TRUE QUALITY IN ANTIQUE FURNITURE

A chair is a very difficult object.
A skyscraper is almost easier.

That is why Chippendale is famous.

- LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

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Antique bookcases are perfect for displaying books, figurines and trophies.

Unlike modern bookcases, these antiques usually feature glass paned doors in the style of a display cabinet.

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The finest pieces were made in the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian periods and were wrought mainly from oak or mahogany.

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HANDCRAFTED & EXQUISITE

Factory made furniture cannot compare in aesthetics or quality to hand crafted antique furniture. Unlike modern pieces, antique furniture was constructed from high quality timber, including oak, mahogany and highly-prized walnut.

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Even todays' artisans cannot match the skill of their counterparts from the 1800s.

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SLEEP IN A PIECE OF HISTORY

Antique beds include brass beds and wooden beds - as well as ornate four poster beds.

These beds graced the chambers of nobles and kings. Older specimens generally feature floral and geometric carvings with the trend changing from wooden to brass beds around 1820.

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Regardless for what you go for, these beds will ensure that you sleep like royalty.

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ANTIQUE TABLES

Meals in the 1800s and prior were lavish affairs among the upper classes of society. A vast array of dishes would be served on long rosewood tables and afternoon tea would be presented on beautiful side tables.

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Antique tables are lovingly crafted and you can find a range of different types on bidorbuy including butlers tables, butterfly tables, console tables, demilunes, gueridons, Pembroke tables, Kang tables and tea tables among others.

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A RANGE OF COLLECTABLE CHAIRS & SOFAS

After the medieval period the production of chairs moved from a purely utilitarian style to one embracing the aesthetics and ideals of the renaissance.

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While you probably will not find a Chippendale on bob, you can browse our antique section for Georgian chairs, Regency chairs, Neoclassical designs and Victorian pieces.

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Jacobean

1600 - 1690

Medieval style furniture, heavy and ornate

ARMS Sloping wooden
BACK Single piece wooden
LEGS Round or squared
SEAT Wooden or made up of woven rush
WOOD Black Walnut or Oak
OTHER Brass, iron, leather or velvet fabrics
FINISH Oil varnish or wax finish
ORNAMENTATION Geometric figures, human heads, acorns, leaves and diamonds

William and Mary/ Queen Anne

1690 - 1755

Dutch and Chinese Influences

ARMS Contoured or straight
BACK Wooden and upholstered, sometimes utilising cane
LEGS Trumpet turned legs terminating in a ball or Spanish foot, Babrioles may also be present
SEAT Leather, rush or cane may be present
WOOD Black Walnut, Ebony, Fruit woods or Holly
OTHER Brass, iron or silver
FINISH Gold gilding, lacquer, paint, oil varnish or wax
ORNAMENTATION Veneered pictures and geometric patterns, oriental lacquerwork, inlays, oriental pattents, floral, shell and leaf designs

Chippendale

1750 - 1790

Dutch and Chinese Influences

ARMS Contoured or straightWooden and upholstered, sometimes
BACK Wooden and upholstered, sometimes utilising cane
LEGS Trumpet turned legs terminating in a ball or Spanish foot, Babrioles may also be present
SEAT Leather, rush or cane may be present
WOOD Black Walnut, Ebony, Fruit woods or Holly
OTHER Brass, Silk, Leather, Hair Cloth and Velvet
FINISH Oil varnish or Wax
ORNAMENTATION Oriental lacquerwork, finials, carvings, ribbon and floral designs, lattice work, scrolls, urns and shell designs

Hepplewhite

1765 - 1800

Neoclassical contrasting veneers and inlays

ARMS Sloping wooden
BACK Single piece wooden
LEGS Round or squared
SEAT Woode or made up of woven rush
WOOD Black Walnut or Oak
OTHER Brass, iron, leather or velvet fabrics
FINISH Oil varnish or wax finish
ORNAMENTATION Geometric figures, human heads, acorns, leaves and diamonds

Victorian

1840 - 1910

Gothic forms with heavy ornamentation

ARMS Curved
BACK Wooden and upholstered
LEGS Elaborate turns or caprioles
SEAT Upholstered
WOOD Ash, Walnut, Maple, Oak, Rosewood
OTHER Tapestry, velvet, haircloth, glass, gold
FINISH Oil varnish or gold gilding
ORNAMENTATION Carvings, inlays and spindles with designs of scrollwork and foliage

Art Nouveau

1890 - 1910

Natural designs with intricate patterns and lines

ARMS Curved or outward flaring
BACK Wooden and upholstered
LEGS Straight, squared or tapered
SEAT Upholstered, wooden or caneBeech
WOOD Walnut, Mahogany and Oak
OTHER Velvet, leather, linen, brass, chrome
FINISH Oil varnish, lacquer or paint finish
ORNAMENTATION Carvings, inlays; floral and foliage designs

WOOD MEANS MORE THAN YOU THINK

Walnut is one of the most prized of all woods and antique furniture made from walnut will generally command a high price.

Walnuts is defined by its density, remarkable lustre, and deep grain.

It is hard to miss the striking red-brown colour of Mahogany. Mahogany is far more common in antique furniture than Walnut and its fine quality makes it highly prized.

Mahogany is defined by its characteristic colour, straight grain and durability.

Dense and strong, Oak furniture is hardy and prized for its swirling grain.

Oak is exceptionally heavy and resistant to decay. It was the most popular wood in many parts of Europe up until 1650 and many of these old pieces still survive.

A popular wood that was in high demand in Europe from 1780 - 1810. Satinwood is quite an expensive wood and was generally used to produce luxury pieces.

Satinwood is very light wood, exceptionally reflective with a slight yellow tinge.

An exceptionally heavy wood, with a characteristic dark veining Rosewoodwas so popular in Europe that over exploitation has led to it becoming a protected species.

Rosewood takes well to polishing which accentuates its deep and rich hues.

Imbuia is wood that closely resembled Walnut and has been used in the manufacture of beautiful antique furniture.

Its grain is straighter than walnut and it is not as dense a wood.

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