Antiques can be mysterious, intriguing, and rewarding. While the allure of an antique piece of furniture, tapestry, decoration, or general memorabilia item is different depending on whom you are talking to, one thing is certain – antiques and the related antique industry are commanding more of a center stage than ever before.
At Antiques on Old Plank Road, we have delved into the modern day obsession so many of us have with the antique industry. We have researched and constructed an exciting and intriguing infographic that focuses on the similarities and differences between two popular antique-based television programs. You’ll be delighted to find that more and more of us have discovered the joy and exhilaration that comes with researching, discovering, and integrating antiques into our lives. With an insightful contrast between Pawn Stars and Antiques Roadshow, the following infographic will amaze you by demonstrating the sheer volume of antique aficionados that exist today.
Many of the items you see on Old Plank’s website are carefully chosen, purchased, and shipped from all over Europe. Joseph, our buyer stationed in France, attends small regional auctions and estate sales in search of the right pieces for Old Plank, and eventually for your home.
The pieces are safely kept in our Toulouse warehouse before they are shipped to the United States. (If you visit Toulouse, Old Plank owners Richard and Robin recommend you have dinner at L’Entrecôte. Their steak, pommes frites, and house dressing—combination Italian and ranch with a mustard kick—are second to none!)
Last week Joseph attended an auction at the Commandery of Saint-Antoine, France, which is located approximately 88 kilometers from Toulouse, at the port of the small town of Saint-Antoine on Arrats. Construction on the Commandery began in the 11th Century, when a hospital and a chapel were established at the château.
Below are a few items Joseph picked up.
We are expecting these pieces to arrive in the United States around Thanksgiving.
You are welcome to inquire about their availability and pricing—we’d love to hear from you!
Antique table is an old collectible item. Antique tables are the best pieces of antique furniture that you can find. It is collected because of its age, rarity, beauty, personal connection and many other unique features. Usually an object that is at least 100 years old can be considered as antique item. These objects show a certain degree of craftsmanship.
There are various types of antique tables that come in a variety of materials, heights, shapes depending upon their style and origin. The popular materials used are oak and Mahogany for making tables, however most of the tables are made out of glass and stone. There are some regular rules for identifying the period of the table. Tables made earlier in the eighteenth century are usually large, heavy, and also heavily carved. Tables that tend to be slender and curved with legs belong to the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Tables that belong to twentieth century look simple and down-to-earth.
Some of the antique tables that are available at Old Plank Road are:
Tables for Dinning & Kitchen: Black painted round dinning table with four legged pedestal base, is ideal for casual antique kitchen and dining tables. This gorgeous table is perfect for mixing with most and any decorating style. Antique French Bistro table, has a superb fruit wood pedestal base with amazing polished green stone as if it were under glass. It offers a plethora of options for the operation. Genuine antique French bistro tables are rare to find because of its use.
Butcher Tables: American Butcher Block, it is made from original brass hardware with wooden peg constructed legs. Its origin is in the United States and it belongs to vintage era. French directoire butcher table & French antique butcher tables, with old paint and classic Directoire styling. It can be used in the kitchen helping prepare family cooking, in the living room or in the breakfast room. Originating in France and belongs early 19th century.
Antique French Directoire Butcher Table with Marble TopCoffee Tables: Tea was introduced to England in the eighteenth century. Making tea and coffee tables have become very fashionable during this time and were exotically painted or carved with designs. Coffee and Tea tables are often made with circular tops.
French Burled Elm Slab table with brass legs, made in the Old Plank Workshop. This can also be reproduced in different sizes depending upon the customer request. Some of the other antique coffee tables or tea tables available at OldPlank are Antique French Tea Table with Marble Top, Antiqued Parquet Hardwood Coffee Table with Drawer, Antiqued Hardwood Coffee Table with Drawers, Awesome Vintage Steel Cocktail Table etc.
Central Hall & Demi-Lune Tables: Antique English Cherry Hall Table, is a wonderful table to be placed against a wall holding a lantern or candle for light at night times. It is special because of its based curve and shape.
Antique French Flame Mahogany Hall Table, it is an original dark gray in color with marble top. Well carved with three legs and its paw based food is magnificent.
Antique Wine Tasting Tables: Antique French Tilt Top Wine Tasting Table, is a magnificent authentic wine tasting table.
It is structurally sound and it can be used for another 100 years. It is ideal for library, wine cellar, kitchen, study or work room. Antique French Oak Gate-Leg wine Table & Antique French wine tasting tables, it is generally used at the winery for sampling the wines or used in the vineyards after a day’s work. It can be used as a gaming table in the family room or in the kitchen.
Why are French leather club chairs so popular? Have you ever experienced the comfort and feel of a club chair? If you have, these questions probably sound pretty ridiculous. If you have not experienced a French Leather Club Chair, nothing in this modern era of chair production even comes close.
“If these leather club chairs are so comfortable, where can I find such gems because I’ve been to high-end furniture stores and I never see them?” First of all, the most comfortable leather club chairs are the ones that have a little character and have been broken in. Yes, I know what you are thinking…. used club chairs? But club chairs have been considered vintage furniture for a while now and are quickly becoming collectibles. Plus club chairs from the 1920s and 1930s are inching their way into the antique category. The majority of Vintage club chairs were made in the 1920s to early 1970.
Having noticed her very first French club chair in Michigan in the late 1980’s, our store’s owner immediately fell in love. The chair was reminiscent of her favorite clothing, tattered edges, being incredibly soft, well worn, and that unmistakable feeling that is the perfect fit. All these attributes and more translate into one of the most comfortable, vintage appearing yet current, up to date and hip furnishings you’ll ever own. It doesn’t matter if you like vintage French furniture, brand new furniture, authentic antiques or sleek contemporary—the fact remains, that once you’ve experienced a true vintage French club chair you’ll always own at least one.
Not only are you purchasing a beautiful and comfortable piece of very functional furniture, but these gems will be a great investment as an antique in the future.
Depending on the chairs, some are very close to becoming antiques already. The standard for any type of furniture becoming an antique is 100 years minimum.
Now, getting back to where you can find these leather club chairs…mostly from antique dealers, antique furniture stores and interior designers to name a few.
In Chicago, for example, there are many antique stores, maybe over a 100 or so. Though only a few of them though carry antique furniture in quantity and have many selections to choose from. If you don’t live near a major metroplex, the odds of finding club chairs at the local antique or consignment shop is rare. That’s where an interior designer can help in your search. Some antique furniture dealers in the big cities even have websites that show their current inventory and some websites are totally interactive and enabling you can chat with the owner plus make a purchase if you find the perfect set of chairs.
If you already have an interior designer, they will have their connections and their people to help you in your search. Interior designers can be a great resource when designing a room, a first or second floor or your entire home. Antiques on Old Plank Road (aka Old Plank) prides itself on having worked on many designer projects, helped select antique furniture for a design firm’s clients and designers keep on coming back. Old Plank has worked with more than one thousand designers and design firms all across the world.
Once you find a great place to shop or have a designer do the initial shopping for you, then the fun looking at many different designs, quality of leathers, condition of your Vintage piece and most important, the comfortability of your chair(s). In our second installment, we will discuss the vital components to look for before the purchase of your new investment.
As far as the establishment you are investing in for the purchase of your club chairs, here are some questions you should be either investigating and/or asking your source.
- Proof that your chair was manufactured in France. Ask how the product got to the US, was it shipped on a container, who made the purchase in France?
- How many years has your establishment been in business selling antique furniture? Ask, with this economy, even Starbucks has closed and pulled the plug on many locations recently before they occupied the property.
- How many leather club chairs have they sold? Know their speciality, would you buy a Porsche from someone who has sold only one at his facility before? Porsche dealers know their product inside and out, if something goes wrong, what is the sure fire approach in getting the best results for you the customer? Are you investing in the Porsche dealer of antique furniture and vintage French club chairs?
- Can they repair the chair(s) if something unfortunate happens or you want some minor changes made? Having the ability to fix the product in-house or make minor, even some major, changes is more important than you think. At Old Plank, a decent amount of our business is in making restorations, changing items to fit the customer’s needs, even changing the leather of the whole chair to match other furniture.
- Can they make a reproduction piece identical to the one(s) you are looking at? Again, having options now and in the future is usually a good thing. Whether its making a similar piece or getting future antiques that can match your chair selection(s). At Old Plank, we get a lot of requests to match and/or design a totally new item (see picture #opc1020).
- Do they have a showroom, workshop and a warehouse? Beware that some dealers are selling from their homes, have a storage facility for their warehouse and don’t have a repair workshop at all.
- Do they have access to a workshop who specializes in Old World furniture manufacturing and restoration? This is really hard to find, but the experts stand behind their product and if something breaks, you need to know this company can fix it right the first time.
- How current are they? Are they on the web, social media and using the latest technologies? During this recession that we are now getting out of, how a company looks to stay around in business for the next 20 years is very important for the consumer.
In business since 1992, Old Plank has bought and sold well over 1,000 of these incredible chairs. We have had singles, pairs and sets, fabric upholstered, traditional leather ones and some most people would think couldn’t be saved. These awesome chairs run the gamut, some have square backs, cloud backs, camel backs and moustache backs, wood trim as accents, arms and feet; some chairs offer decorative nail designs while others have them merely as accents and some haven’t any at all. We have been lucky to find entire suites where there are 3 or 4 chairs along with a settee or chaise longue. Once in a blue moon we even get a stool or an ottoman that immediately flies out our door.
Appreciating the authenticity of “original” we try our absolute best to preserve as much as we can however, there are sometimes such things as basket cases where the only thing salvageable is the frame. We glue loose leather, condition it, adhere canvas to the back when it is worn so thin that you could read the newspaper through it. We rebuild frames adding custom corner blocks and gussets along with new glue, giving new life to these old chairs. Sometimes these so-called basket cases are just that but they offer the correct scale and appearance without designing one from scratch. These chairs get the same procedures as above but we add all new hand tied springs, new cotton and horsehair padding and ultimately new high quality leather hides, which give these chairs the character, they once had.Remaining true to form, our first choices are usually in the brown and tan range of color as most survivors are within this spectrum. Occasionally we happen to think outside the box; we have resurrected these chairs in faux croc, lipstick red lambskin, navy blue leather hides, and a few in opulent mohair.
The appearance of a dining room can be greatly enhanced by the right choice of dining table and chairs particularly antique accent furniture. You can choose from antique hutches, antique consoles, antique buffets, antique dressers, antique corner cabinets, antique storage cabinets, antique sideboards, antique pediments, antique vaisseliers, antique meubles, antique armoires, antique placards or antique cabinets. Whatever you choose, the intention is to add style and convenience to your home and in this case, the dining area. While a large and elaborate dining room hutch adds grace to the large, formal room, a smaller hutch would work in a smaller dining area and give the dining experience a more relaxed and informal ambiance.
A hutch is an indispensible item for a dining room. In addition to a hutch, a server, corner cabinets, a set of cabinets or cupboards or a sideboard are also items of furniture traditionally used in the dining room. Other useful items include a set of cabinets or cupboards with one or more drawers and flat display surface to hold food, serving dishes, and decorative lamps, these surfaces usually stand as tall as three feet. The earliest versions of the sideboard/buffet appeared in the 18th century and never stopped gaining in popularity. These were made in many decorative styles and were frequently ornamented with sleek veneers and inlays.
In modern houses, sideboards have been placed in living rooms, children’s rooms as a study table with a folding work board and guest rooms. An antique English, French, Belgian or Scottish sideboard, hutch, server or corner cabinet is a fashionable accessory. Finely styled antique hutches, antique buffets, antique dressers, antique corner cabinets, antique storage cabinets, antique sideboards, antique pediments, antique vaisseliers, antique meubles, antique armoires, antique placards or simply antique cabinets from the late 18th or early 19th centuries are the most sought after. They are usually made from oak, white oak, beech, Irish pine, walnut, cherry, mahogany or reclaimed wood and can be topped with marble and have mirrors.
A Dining Room Hutch:
- Showcases your crockery, cutlery sets, crystal, glasses and goblets
- Displays your fine chinaware, tableware, silverware
- Protects your china and sliver from dust, dirt, breakage and damage
- Provides storage for dining room linens in the built-in cabinets and drawers
- Offers a useful buffet counter top for the salads, cakes, pastries, drinks, plates, cutlery or glasses
- Complements your dining table and chairs
Select your antique hutch for its visual appeal, the right size for your dining area, its practical application and of course your budget. Click www.oldplank.com for help in choosing the right piece for your dining room from the selection of antique hutches, antique buffets, antique dressers, antique corner cabinets, antique storage cabinets, antique sideboards, antique pediments, antique vaisseliers, antique meubles, antique armoires, antique consoles, antique placards or antique cabinets. You will find just right piece for your dining area and your taste.