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Atlanta Excitement Builds

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The beloved Atlanta Cathedral Show is nearly here–we finished loading the truck today!  Considered to be the finest antiques show in Atlanta, this marks the 43rd year of this remarkable show (details at:  http://www.cathedralantiques.org/ ).  Rich in every aspect of the fine and decorative arts, this grand show in an equally grand space offers something for everyone!  A $25.00 baby gift–absolutely!  A $20,000 grand country French Buffet a deux corps–absolutely!  A fine oriental rug or great print or superb painting–absolutely!  And fun parties and excellent lectures as well!

Here is a peak at a few pieces we are bringing–visit that website to link to other dealers and preview their offerings.

An elegant, perfectly proportioned London 18th century neo-classical bowfront chest of a diminutive size suitable for every room in the house:

Or the most charming Georgian mule chest in many years–warm pine, not oak, and delicately proportioned–a jewel found in Bath!  One of our favorite forms with a lift top storage and drawers below.  As so often, it features a brilliant use of panelling.

Rarely do we find a set of 12 antique chairs–so often the long sets have been split up by generations of shared inheritance (makes me crazy visiting the great houses of England where large sets abound because the eldest got it all!).  This sophisticated country French set in warm beech plays on the Montgolfier balloon form from seats to back splats–truly wonderful.  The bronze mounts are replacements for wooden ones that had been mostly lost over generations of use.

Of course it is not just furniture that is newly arrived and off to Atlanta–some of our delightful Vintage Pub Sign collection will also be featured including this charmingly appropriate sign:

We will have cabinets of porcelain, cases of silver and lovely warm French and English copper such as this signed French Stock Pot.

Hope to see you this week in Atlanta!

Delights from New Shipment

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Elizabeth is busy posting wonderful photos of many of the new arrivals.  Here I am sharing only one photo per piece, but the website has plenty of detail shots!  And there are many many new pieces to peruse!

William IV reading/writing table

William IV, c.1830, mahogany reading/writing table to raise and bring over a bed or chair with adjustable reading surfaces. Reeded edges and carved rondels along aprons. Fine gun barrel shaft pedestal with onion fluting and carved base, turned tapered support leg with ring carving, over lower molded surface, raised on carved bun feet. A rare example!  Ideally suited for invalid dining as well–the height fully adjustable.

Perhaps nothing speaks to the warmth of the English country cottage or below stairs in a manor house than the charm of a dresser with base (the rack and base completely original)–and with myriad forms, an unusual one is a particular joy.

George IV Dresser

A highly desirable George IV, c.1830, English dresser. The oak has mellowed to a beautiful, rich honey color. Well molded crown surmounts the triple shelf top with various old hooks for cooking utensils and drinking vessels, shaped support straps over the lower section with three drawers over a pair cupboards flanking the central open cove display area with concave shelf. The whole raised on well shaped bracket feet (the center being double brackets). 68 5/8″ w., 17 1/8″ d., 86 3/8″ h

Another delight for the eye is the elegantly faded cherry in this buffet.

Normandy Buffet

An early 19th century buffet of cherry wood from Normandy with poplar secondary wood. Classical urn carving centers the shaped apron with oak leaves and acorns. The 2 molded and escargot carved drawers flanking a sunburst carved medallion. The rosette carved and molded paneled doors flaning a stop fluted frieze. The whole raised on original turned feet typical of the period. Original steel hings & hardware. Rear feet tipped. 24 3/8″ d., 54 7/8″ w., 39 3/4″ h.

Perhaps the most unusual piece in this shipment is this Seage from Picardy–they seem to be unique to the region.  The lower slatted shelf is now displayed with bottles of wine.

Seage from Picardy

A country French seage from Picardy, c.1830, of cherry wood – a rare form. The modified, flat cabriole legs typical of the region. Molded cabinet doors with charming, simple floral carving. Large central drawer with brass pulls over the open two-part mid-section. The lower part apparently for wine bottles and the upper for glassware. The top with rail for displaying faience plates. 74 1/2″ w., 17″ d., 38 1/2″ h.




New Shipment Tomorrow

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

WOW!  After two days and unloading constantly followed by hours and hours of polishing, waxing and cleaning, we are almost ready for tomorrow–and the snacks are ready along with the margaritas and pinot grigio!  So come on in and browse through the new goodies.

For those distant, the photos will begin to appear tomorrow on our website under “newest arrivals”–from country French tables from tiny (a miniature wine tasting table) to vast (a draw leaf table of burl ash and oak); from Georgian chests of every form to a huge selection of the bamboo our clients love, now decoupaged with butterflies, dragonflies, horses and more!  And of course there is copper, brass, porcelain, lamps, mirrors and more!

So come join us or browse our website!

Vero Beach Museum of Art Antiques Show

Monday, January 6th, 2014

For all of our friends in Florida, either year round or seasonally, the Vero Beach Museum of Art is one of the finest antiques events of the winter.  Bringing a veted list of fine dealers offering period English, Continental and American furniture, rare books, fine art, superb silver and jewelry as well as the entire range of porcelains from throughout the world, this is a show not to be missed.  Hours and events are easily found on the museum website:   www.verobeachmuseum.org/index.cfm?method=Event_antiquesshow&

We hope to see you there as we are featuring a fine George III breakfront, a rare form country French walnut Buffet a deux Corps, charming bamboo tables and unusual pub signs, period commodes from the Louis XV and Charles X periods as well as Georgian chests, cool rattan chaises with ottomans and much more.  Here are a few photos and by the way the Breakfront will be filled with a full antique Meissen dinner service so recently arrived I do not have photos!

c. 1780-1800 George III mahogany breakfront with writing drawer interior in satinwood

18th century walnut Buffet a deux Corps

Magnificent carving on the Buffet a deux Corps

Charles X commode--a precursor to modernism yet 180 years old!

c. 1750 walnut commode with original marble top

Come join the excitement!