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.
When we start off independently managing a small household, it would invariably appear very spacious. Friends and parents bring in horde of gifts. Marriage and occasions bring in more memorabilia. We tend to do lots of impulsive shopping to fill in the rest of the space to the point of cluttering the house.
Every time we dust them and put them back on all those surfaces they have occupied since they came in, we would be wishing for a bigger place to live in, as a decent solution for storage issues.
Every room in the house seems to be hard hit and appears to be needing an immediate reprieve from the clothes, winter ware socks, ties and suits or those items that you want to hide from sight strewn across the bedroom.
The solution is an Armoire – antique or contemporary.
An armoire is a tall cabinet with drawers, shelves, and doors.
Armoires are used for storing clothes or household items.
An armoire is a very versatile piece of furniture that can be used for
- The main storage unit in any room for clothes, household furnishings, china
- Stereo equipment/computer
History of Armoires:
In French word “arma” means gear, tools or arms. Armoires are the ancient cabinets for storing weapons.
Since, the original heavy and massive Armoires of the 17th century, they underwent changes to a more contemporary and versatile armoire used as a clothes closet in homes that had no built-in closet. Armoires were once made of beautifully finished wood waxed or painted.
If you are a connoisseur of antique armoires imported from Europe, or you collect vintage, and reproduction furniture, mainly from France and England or love Country French furniture www.oldplank.com is the right place for your shopping.
Today, an armoire can be fitted with shelves, drawers, hanging poles, or left open to allow the storage of clothes, jewelry, toys and home entertainment centers/computes.
An armoire allows you to organize your life in a limited space while maximizing the storage and the ease with which you can access the item you need.
An armoire helps you
- Organize your personal items
- Store folded clothes/hanging them
- Access shoes, ties, scarves, belts, keys and wallet easily
- Lock away your jewelry and other accessories safely
- Hide dirty laundry and toiletries,
- Protect DVD, personal electronics and audio equipment from dust and sun
An armoire creates storage space in any room of your house:
- In a bathroom for your linens
- In a guest room to make your guests feel at home
- An armoire will keep the things handy but out of sight
- In a home office it holds a computer, printer, fax machine and the stationery
- In a child’s room it protects baby clothes and stashes the toys
- For older children an armoire is a homework desk that also stores their books, school bags and their sports gear
- In the kitchen it stores all your cooking supplies, pans and dishes
- In a dining room an armoire can be a home to all your china, crystal, silver, seasonal tableware, and decorative pieces
- In a living room area an armoire is a home entertainment centre with a glass cabinet for all the souvenirs, curios and the memorabilia
You name your personal or official storage needs. The solutions are infinite in the vast array of the armoires.
Antique Bedroom Furniture is available in a wide range of styles, country French being one of the most popular styles at the moment. We spend a considerable amount of time in the bedroom and it is important to feel comfortable and happy with the décor and furniture.
The designs of the 18th and 19th century antique furniture add grace and elegance to a room and can transform an ordinary bedroom into a haven. Antique and contemporary furniture can be mixed to create an eclectic style: the addition of antique nightstands, antique tables or antique dressers can enhance the appearance and warmth of a room and create a very individual style.
When shopping for antique bedroom furniture, start your selection with the bed which is the center piece of a bedroom. Antique beds are very often made of wood and have elaborate hand carvings, whereas vintage beds tend to have a simpler style. Different styles of beds include day beds, platform beds, canopy beds and sleigh beds. Today’s bed sizes are twin, full, queen, California queen and king. Antique beds are much smaller with shorter side rails so they have to be modified to fit modern mattresses. Canopy beds, which have been a favorite in bedrooms from centuries, were introduced so heavy drapes could be hung all around the bed to keep the occupants warm in the winter.
When decorating a bedroom in an antique style, carved night stands really compliment the look. They are generally made of walnut, mahogany or oak and serve the practical purpose of providing a flat surface to place a table lamp. They also provide storage space close to the bed.
Other antique bedroom furniture items consist of antique dressing tables, night tables, cabinets and armoires. Antique dressing tables with mirrors are very decorative and add reflected light to the room. Some dressing tables have tilting mirrors and drawers for storing makeup and jewelry.
www.oldplank.com, has a good collection of antique bedroom furniture including antique French walnut carved beds, antique walnut night tables, reproduction hand painted commodes, antique dressing tables, vintage mirrored dressing tables, antique French carved queen sized beds, pair antique French mahogany night stands, antique French Napoleon III style day bed, antique French painted day bed, antique French Directoire style canopy bed, antique French armoires and much more. Antique pieces can be modified to suit your size and style.
In addition to antique bedroom furniture, oldplank.com also has many pieces that can be used as coordinating accents in a bedroom scheme. One example would be the reproduction barley twist bench which can be placed at the foot of a bed.