Stylish Living with Antique Furniture

Mother-of-Pearl and Ivory Inlaid Wooden Casket, India, 17th C.

From Empire to Biedermeier

The presence of antiques and antique furniture in your home creates a particularly stylish flair: this is because furniture and works of art from previous eras have a story to tell.

Items of furniture from eras gone by was handcrafted by artisan carpenters - they speak volumes about the artistic prowess with which these masters would decorate these dressers and tables with various types of wood.

In doing so, real masterpieces were created that made history in the field of artistic craft and which today can be admired in museums all over the world.

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Record prices of recent antique furniture auctions

Amber and Ivory and Silver Casket, Königsberg c. 1650

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Starting price €4,000.00
Sold for €160,940.00
(incl. buyer’s premium)

Baroque Writing Bureau, Germany, Mid-18th Century

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Starting price €3,200.00
Sold for €7,428.00
(incl. buyer’s premium)

Rare Silver and Ivory Beaker with Lid, around 1680

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Starting price €12,000.00
Sold for €14,856.00
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Extending Oak Table, Baroque, Danzig, circa 1700

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Starting price €2,000.00
Sold for €9,285.00
(incl. buyer’s premium)

Famed French Ébénistes

Empire Mahogany Commode, Attr. to Lemarchand, France, c. 1810

Masters of Artistic Furniture

Would you like to live as the precious queen Marie-Antoinette once did when she lived in the beautiful Versailles castle? Then furnish your home with items from the Louis-Seize period, during which French Ébénistes created artistic furniture masterpieces.

Some of the most famous French artistic carvers were Adam Weisweiler, David Roentgen and Jean Henri Riesener, who completed his apprenticeship with Jean-François Oeben. All of these Ébénistes have German roots, they emigrated to France in the 18th century due to the German guild system.

The Who's Who of high society at the time decorated their salons with the most classical and highly elegant furniture these masters could produce. It is these same items which are most desired by antique collectors today.

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A Classic by Thonet

Thonet, Set of 4 Chairs, Bentwood, Austria, circa 1890

Traditional seating furniture

An expert would immediately recognize this armchair by its rolling armrests – a signature feature of the famous furniture maker Thonet.

The furniture brand was founded by Michael Thonet (1796-1871) in North Hesse and it continues to produce comfortable classics to this day. Prince Metternich brought this pioneer of furniture history to Vienna, where he would make his breakthrough with his coffeehouse chair Nr. 14, also known as the Vienna coffeehouse chair.

Steel tubing was introduced as a building material in the 1930s and Thonet produced designs by Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe, who together revolutionized existing furniture design. Today, chairs by Thonet are absolute classics and are an integral part of furniture history.

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Live the Life of Bygone Times – The Biedermeier Style

Biedermeier, Sofa With Walnut Veneer, Germany, c. 1835

Antique and Timeless

The Biedermeier period refers to the years between 1815-1848, furniture from this time is still highly sought after. Pieces of Biedermeier furniture are timeless classics which can also beautifully complement contemporary designer furniture.

Biedermeier furniture is most notably defined by its clear and simplified styling, now and again a few decorative elements accent these items. It is the polished wooden surfaces which take center stage, meaning that the wood grain is its main distinguishing feature.

Lighter wood types such as birch, cherry and walnut were employed in order to prevent the finished furniture from being too heavy.

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Highlights of rare antiques and furniture in our shop

Objet de vertu „Capucine“ of yellow gold
with diamonds & enamel

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Timeless Rocking Chair by John Porter,
England, around 1840

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Solid Art Nouveau Serving Cabinet,
Walnut, Austria, around 1900

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What are Antiques?

Weinranck & Schmidt, Silver Set, 6 Pieces, c. 1915

From Baroque to Bauhaus – Antiques keep their value

The word ‘antique’ is derived from the Latin term ‘antiquus’ and is used to describe works of art that are at least 100 years old and has collector’s value. The word ‘antique’ applies to every facet of art and is most commonly used in the field of furniture.

Works of art that originate from the previous century, such as the Bauhaus period for instance, could be just as valuable as antique silverware items from the 19th century or Vienna Bronzes, which are not merely aesthetically appealing but are also highly valued by collectors.

Only an experienced expert can distinguish an imitation from genuine articles as forgers also ply their dubious trade in the world of antiques. We can provide the services of more than 250 experienced experts who are happy to assist and advise you.

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