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Antiques - why?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Lucky Strike, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    I like antique mirrors, old mirrors with chips in the silvering and frames.

    I have the mirror that was hanging on the wall of the bedroom in which my grandfather was born - I origionally inherited a dresser that had the mirror attached, but insect damage destroyed the rest of the piece, so I remounted the mirror. it does, in fact, have a few chips.

    possibly for the first time ever, I agree with D - I seriously considered moving my family to Prague for just that reason: I thought that it would be a great advantage to raise my family surrounded by so much beuty.
     
  2. dkzzzz

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  3. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Well-Known Member

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    Anyone care to speculate what style is this and who is possibly the designer? Looks very constructivist to me (almost F. Leger like). I am not a fan of ornate pieces ,but this one strikes a chord. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=300205663225&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=020
    Finding a named designer for this will be difficult. It's well made, but not exceptional quality. The joinery of the drawers is run-of-the-mill. If you look closely at the three panels that make up the two doors on the top half, you'll see that they're the same design, only with the middle panel flipped - a typical shortcut, of the type you hate when you notice it. I'd guess it's made by a jobbing small manufacturer with some standards when it came to quality, but who didn't follow through on design. I don't think a front like that, broken up in panels and handles all over the drawers and doors like that, would come from neither an academically nor craft-taught designer. There are some collectors here who have seen far more stuff from this period than me, though. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. LabelKing

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  5. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Well-Known Member

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    Thus growing up in a split level ranch in a suburb would make you desire everything Ikea for the rest of your life.

    Wow..
     
  7. johnapril

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    Anyone care to speculate what style is this and who is possibly the designer?

    Looks very constructivist to me (almost F. Leger like). I am not a fan of ornate pieces ,but this one strikes a chord.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA:IT&ih=020


    Looks like a piece of shit.

    Also, Atomic Ranch might be something you'd take a look at to challenge your preconceptions about ranch houses.
     
  8. designprofessor

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    I don't own any works or furniture that would qualify as antique.
    I love them when in good condition, but cost is usually prohibitive.
    I don't have a problem with eclecticism or historical revivals in a stylistic sense- that an artist or designer is inspired by the past seems to be unavoidable.

    Lately I've been drawn to some early American furniture that has
    some traces of Empire. I like them aesthetically and I also think it would be interesting to see a contemporary version.
     
  9. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    I don't own any works or furniture that would qualify as antique.
    I love them when in good condition, but cost is usually prohibitive.
    I don't have a problem with eclecticism or historical revivals in a stylistic sense- that an artist or designer is inspired by the past seems to be unavoidable.

    Lately I've been drawn to some early American furniture that has
    some traces of Empire. I like them aesthetically and I also think it would be interesting to see a contemporary version.



    Amish furniture.
     
  10. designprofessor

    designprofessor Well-Known Member

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    Amish furniture.

    saw an exhibition of Amish works at the High Museum in Atlanta.
    I left appreciating it more.
     
  11. Biscione

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    I have some furniture from the 17th century.

    I love great antiques, and mix them with more modern things (especially lamps).
     
  12. visionology

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    I appreciate functional antiques as in chairs, tables, desks, etc and typically those from mid-century with clean lines.
     
  13. hypersonic

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    Louis XIV, RÃ[​IMG]gence, and Louis XV my favourites.

    Louis XIV
    I love the formality of Louis XIV furniture ...it is so regal and grand.
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    Louis XV
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    I also like a lot of fine English furniture, these GEORGE III chairs are absolutely exquisite.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. turboman808

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    I collect alot of antique furniture. I am not expert so sometimes I cannot tell the difference between Louis XVI and Rococo. I have a antique bombe chest in every room in my apt. Really like those. I also went thru a period of collecting asian antique furniture(although I think some may be knockoffs). I have a bit of everything and it blends well together. Hell my dining room furniture is 1940 art deco. It's has a nice veneer finish that makes it work.

    I also really like that if I decide to sell something I can get my money back. Never lost money on antique furniture. But I will also make sure I am getting the best bargain possible.
     
  15. Lucky Strike

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    [​IMG]
    Hypersonic; any information about this? I'm researching one with quite similar inlaidwork: [​IMG]
    I collect alot of antique furniture. I am not expert so sometimes I cannot tell the difference between Louis XVI and Rococo. I have a antique bombe chest in every room in my apt. Really like those. I also went thru a period of collecting asian antique furniture(although I think some may be knockoffs). I have a bit of everything and it blends well together. Hell my dining room furniture is 1940 art deco. It's has a nice veneer finish that makes it work. I also really like that if I decide to sell something I can get my money back. Never lost money on antique furniture. But I will also make sure I am getting the best bargain possible.
    [​IMG] - particularly the art deco dining room. Where do you buy your stuff? Auctions, dealers?
     
  16. hypersonic

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    Hello LS, I don't have much info ...but I can tell you that it was sold at Christie's, New York, in 2005 for $192,000. It was described as "a Louis XV citronnier, tulipwood, amaranth, sycamore and marquetry bureau de dame, mid-Eighteenth Century".

    I hope this is helpful in some way.

    ...You might be able to purchase a catalogue from Christie's if they still have a copy [​IMG]
     
  17. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Well-Known Member

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    I hope this is helpful in some way. ...You might be able to purchase a catalogue from Christie's if they still have a copy [​IMG]
    It is, and I will, if they do. Thanks!
     
  18. bluemax

    bluemax Well-Known Member

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    I can appreciate the aesthetic of antiques, but I wouldn't want to have to look at them every day. The designs are just too busy, too much going on, ugh... Modern and minimalist for me all the way.
     
  19. hypersonic

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    I also like a lot of fine English furniture, these GEORGE III chairs are absolutely exquisite.
    [​IMG]


    Those are originals designed by the great 18th century Scottish designer Robert Adam.

    I saw these recent copies by Dominic Gerard, upholstered in Versace fabric -- how utterly dreadful!
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