26 June 2014
Early 19th century French Empire pearwood commode
The balance between the decorative and functional elements is crucial but fortunately many must-have items can be as good looking as they are useful.
Using decorative antiques in your room settings is the ideal way to elevate the everyday to something special. Our lovely early 19th century French Empire pearwood commode , for instance, provides practical storage space but, more than that, with its wonderful colour, marble top and delightful Empire bronze mounts, is guaranteed to lift any interior.
But it’s lighting, mirrors and objects that provide the core essence in the art of decorative antique furnishing.
Fabulous chandeliers, like our outstanding nine arm Swedish chandelier in glass, are guaranteed to make any room beautiful.
Or, in a different context, the red Globo Ring lights by Uno and Osten Kristiansson will deliver zing and 1970s glamour.
Dressing walls appropriately is key to any successful room setting, and mirrors naturally play a central role with their ability to reflect both lights and other sections of the room. Our very large pair of 19th century Belgian oak mirrors with mercury glass plates, used either portrait or landscape, would be a stunning starting point.
Paintings, illustrations and good photography are equally vital elements. For example, our outstanding 1970s oil painting by Paris artist Hagondokoff .
And, of course, objects in all their wonderful diversity, from a French guillotine for cigars to an ecclesiastical reliquary bust .
Nothing beats finding, then arranging and rearranging a repertoire of stunning decorative antiques and objects.
Here is a selection of decorative antique related images.