French antiques and Scandinavian period furniture provide a rich source of supply to the interior design world of today. Many of these items can be found here on the lantiques website and viewed in person at our showroom in Chichester, West Sussex. lantiques is well placed to source many items not seen on the website. We frequently carry stock not yet featured here on the lantiques website.
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The term case furniture refers to items of furniture generally featuring drawers doors or shelving. These items can also sometimes be glazed or designed with an open section for display.
The scale of many items of case furniture will be in the main feature of its appeal. Fashion and utility have always gone hand-in-hand in the design of case furniture elements. From intricate carved wood ornamentation to bronze embellishments, case furniture can be both decorative and purposeful. Elevated to a fashionable status, many of these pieces have become a staple for today’s interior designers.See our case furniture antiques >
Tables serve many different purposes, in particular the dining table which has become very much the focal point of many homes. For this reason it is important to find the correct size of table for a given area. It is usually a question of aesthetics versus size-suitability that a purchase. This is very much down to the individual and personal preference.
French tables and French antique tables offer a diverse selection of styles and periods. Over the years the classic French farmhouse table became a firm favourite with its simple lines and so often rich patina many of which can seen on the lantiques website. The gueridon table has become a must have with its marble top and ornate base.
The table is not just a dining table. It is used to punctuate all areas around the home offering points of interest as well as standing points for lamps and decorative items. Low-level tables provide an easy to reach surface for relaxing with sofas. A hallway or reception room round table will offer a welcoming feel to the entrance of any home.
A bespoke table is also something worth considering for areas with custom requirements. Bespoke tables offer the ability to specify a size and finish.See our antique tables >
More often than not a period item will require reupholstering. The right choice of fabric and colour are important to retain the integrity of the piece. There are occasions when this rule can be disregarded. Blending contemporary with period can be seen in the upholsterer’s workshop in today’s world of interior design. A modern fabric can lend itself to a striking effect when used with period seating.
The opposite is true for Swedish Gustavian seating. Although some quite formal pieces of Gustavian seating are popular, generally speaking, more muted understated painted pieces are more sought after. Upholstered in natural coloured linens, period Swedish sofas and benches will add a smart relaxed feel to a room. Examples of both French and Swedish seating can be viewed throughout the lantiques website.See our antique seating >
Mirrors & decorative
Over the centuries mirror technology has evolved. Mirrors produced in Italy in the 16th century on the island of Murano, Venice were made with glass backed with a reflective coating of a tin amalgam. This technique spread throughout Europe and can be seen in many of the period French antique mirrors in circulation today.
The scale of a mirror is vital to setting the mood and ambience within a room. Dressings mirrors full scale for a true-life large effect. More compact sizes in a hallway above a console will bring an extra dimensions to a smaller space.
The mirror as a decorative item can say many things. The frame itself will have a bearing on the statement any mirror makes. The decorative field of antiques offers so many possibilities in terms of form, colour and texture.Personalised decorative items will add a stamp of individuality to any decor. A selection of French and Italian antique mirrors can be viewed on the lantiques website.
French antiques refer to furniture, decorative objects, and art that originate from France and date back to different periods and styles ranging from the Gothic period (12th-15th century) to the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles of the early twentieth century. Some of the most highly sought-after French antiques include Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI-style furniture, gilt bronze chandeliers and candlesticks, ormolu clocks, Sevres porcelain, Limoges enamel, and Baccarat crystal. French antiques are renowned for their intricate carvings, fine finishes, and sophisticated designs, and are highly valued by collectors and connoisseurs of antiquities worldwide.See our mirrors & decorative antiques >