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Style Files: Empire Style

The early 19th century Empire style is the second phase of Neoclassicism focused on architecture, design, visual arts and decorative arts. The style originated in France and spread through the rest of Europe before reaching the United States around 1830. Empire style takes it name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire where it was created to idealize Napoleon’s leadership and the French state. Similar styles include the Biedermeier style in the German, the Federal style in the United States, and the Regency style in Britain. Previously, in France, this style was known as Louis XVI made popular before the French Revolution. Continue reading

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Designer Spotlight: David Guéron

Designer Spotlight:  David Guéron was an enigmatic glassmaker of Turkish origin and founder of the “Cristalleries De Compiegne”. His glassworks house produced mainly household glass in the early 1920’s but he soon decided to branch out and pursue more artistic glass making techniques. Continue reading

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Style Files: Bars

What better way to celebrate Friday than with a round up of our gorgeous bars? Whether you’re entertaining for 20 or unwinding for one, your bar is a central feature of your home. It’s where gossip is whispered, belly laughs are bellowed, and fun is had throughout the year. Your bar is a reflection of your entertainment style—are you cool and relaxed like a margarita on the rocks or are you dark and sophisticated like an Old Fashioned? AntiqutiesWeb has bars for every type of home—modern, elegant, Art Deco and more. Once you take a look at our bars (and decide to take one home) use these helpful tips for making your bar a fun and beautiful place to hang out and have a drink (or three…don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone!) Continue reading

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Designer Spotlight: Louis Marjorelle

Louis-Jean-Sylvestre Majorelle, known professionally as Louis Majorelle, was a decorator and furniture designer born September 26, 1859 in Toul, France. He designed and manufactured his own designs in the French tradition of ébéniste (traditional French cabinetry). He was (and remains) one of the most prominent Art Nouveau style furniture designers, and formally served as one of the vice-presidents of the École de Nancy, a museum devoted to the Art Nouveau style. Continue reading

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Style Files: Furniture Suites

Furniture suites can often conjure up horrific images of cheap college housing. Remember your first apartment that you rented already furbished? You probably had a black ceramic lamp with one missing bulb, a black aluminum table with a permanently dirty glass top and a set of Formica bedroom furniture that looked like it belonged in a mental institution. Right? It’s ok, we’ve all been there. Continue reading

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The History of Clocks

When you think about home décor do you think of beds, chairs, sofas, and settees? What about your smaller décor? Perhaps you’ll throw some leather bound books on a mantle and a decorative candle on an end table and call it a day. Have you ever looked around a room and thought, “If I add one more tchotchke in here my partner will go bananas but there’s something missing?” There’s one staple piece of home décor that is often overlooked yet totally functional. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you: clocks. Clocks are an often-overlooked yet totally necessary part of any home décor. With the digital age it’s easy to see why traditional timepieces are no longer thought of as necessary but a clock can add so much to a space. Continue reading

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Style Files: Credenzas

Have you ever looked around your home and thought about your furniture? Really thought about the lines, the shapes, the style, the materials that each chair, each table, or each bed is made from? Furniture plays such an important part in our lives yet we rarely take a moment to look at the furniture we use everyday. The history of furniture is long and storied. Continue reading

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Style Files: The History of Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the best ways to add depth and decor to a space without taking up too much floor area. Professional designers often recommend using mirrors to hang on the wall above a dining room to reflect a chandelier, or installing a mirror across from a piece of beautiful art. Just be careful when hanging up mirrors and remember that they reflect everything and you want to use your mirrors to reflect light and highlight a nice piece of furniture, not a junk drawer or mail pile. Continue reading

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Style Files: The History of Glass

One of our favorite items to collect here at AntiquitiesWeb is glass. Every artist adds their own unique twist to decorative glass art and it’s always a thrill when we find a new piece from a favorite artist like Lalique or  Gallé or Daum. The history behind decorative glass is truly fascinating beginning thousands of years ago in the late Roman Empire. Continue reading

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Antiquities Is Turning 10!

Antiquities is practically an antique! This month Antiquities is proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary with you, our valued reader (and hopefully shopper!) We can hardly believe that ten years have passed since we first opened our doors. But here we are, with stores across the country and antiques in the homes of some very stylish clients.  Continue reading