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French Louis XV Style Cabinets

This 19th Century Louis XV Style Buffet Sold By Petricia Thompson Antiques is a excellent example of a painted french cabinet.

If you look closely at this buffet, you can see two tones of paint.  The main color is in a gray toned paint color with undertones of green, and the carved details appear to be painted in a creamy white.

The color is subtle but gives a very rich appearance to this cabinet.

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Painted French Provence Reproduction Furniture

Martelle International are makers and importers of estate quality furniture, antique reproduction furniture, fitted cabinetry, fine architectural woodwork and home accessories. They employ master craftsmen who merge art and impeccable execution, to achieve excellence in a finished product. Here they have a painted powder blue and gilded gold chest of drawers with accent rings made of mahogany wood made in the French Provence style. They have this chest listed at US $1,394.07

Furniture Classics is a company who produces solid wood, antique reproduction furniture. This company is three generations strong, and dedicated to producing well priced, dependable constructions of authentic reproductions.

They have several product lines. Solid wood and traditional construction details are themes throughout each product design. Using kiln dried woods consisting of acacia, alder, mahogany, oak, pine and teak. Their craftsmen combine these timbers with traditional mortise, tenon, dovetail and dowel joints creating exquisite pieces of furniture. “Tenon through” and “dowel through” constructions are evident on many items. Naturally these old world techniques are combined with modern glue and screws where craftsmen have deemed necessary, but this is all part of bringing increased value to customers.

Stain and painted finishes are hand applied starting with physical distressing, and ending with lacquered top coats. These solid wood pieces are often enhanced with intricate hand-painted designs and finishes.

 



 

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Exceptional French Provence Reproduction Furniture

For more than 40 years interior designers throughout the United States and Canada,  Sarreid Ltd has been known as being an innovator in the home furnishings field since 1967. After receiving many requests from customers to provide them with identical pieces of the best selling items, Sarreid Ltd finally decided to manufacture the best of their furnishings that could be then made available to the public on a wider scale.

Their goal was to make exact replicas of the original antique that they had in their possession, so they could produce quality pieces that look identical to the originals. Every item could be made using the original techniques seen on the pieces themselves by skilled craftsmen who restore Sarreid’s genuine antiques. Their reproductions look like thousand dollar 18th century antique furniture.  This is partly due to the amazing skills of their craftsmen, (whom they recruit from all over the world), but also the steps they take to make the furniture look genuine.  They start with reclaimed wood, and every item is hand finished by their  team of antique restorers, replicating the finish of the original antique in every detail. The end result is that each replica is unique in its own way, just like the original. Expansion, shrinkage, small cracks, and wood imperfections are all inherent qualities of their product.

Sarreid sells exclusively to fine furniture stores and design galleries.

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French Provincial Tables

Powell Furniture makes a stunning mahogany game table in a sophisticated style that would look stunning in any living room. Forget about the tv, and get some quality time in with the family with this game table.

The table features Okume mahogany veneers with lovely hand carved cabriole legs and skirts. The game top flips which allows you to either play chess or checkers or backgammon.

The table includes game pieces for chess, checkers, and backgammon and a shaker cup and dice.  The table includes 2 drawers for storage of game pieces and comfortably seats four.

Leg assembly is required on this table.  Over the years of painting tables I have only come across one table which the legs were permanently attached.  Having the legs come off allows you to get the table into any room with ease.

The only complaint I have seen with this table is the paint finish can be chipped easily. J. Welter left a comment that it was scratched within a week of purchasing the table.  Perhaps the finish is painted, instead of stained.

You may want to put a coat of polyurethane on the table so the finish isn’t ruined over time.  You can buy polyurethane in a spray which produces an incredible finish than painting on the sealant with a brush.

Spray small coats one at a time after each coat dries, and your table will not chip.

  • William Alexander –Powell Mahogany Game Table with Game Pieces – This table, assembled, is both quite large and quite lovely. Assembly could not be easier, using only one set of provided screws and plastic washers. One washer was missing from the bag, but they are easily available for pennies from any hardware store, so that was not an issue for me at all. But, this table will come in a very large and well-packaged box. The box will not fit into a standard car for disposal, so be aware that you will need to chop the box up for a trash can or hauling off unless you have a very large automobile or truck. There is no drawer assembly, which is very welcome. The table itself is large and quite heavy, so moving it is not a “one man job.” You will need to move it to the place where you want it and assemble it there and save yourself some back trauma.  The other little quibble I have is that the game board was not a 100 percent perfect “fit” for the recessed square in the top of the table, meaning mine fit in very, very snugly. It will not be easy to remove and “flip” to the backgammon side if I will be able to remove it at all. You also get a set of backgammon counters, a dice cup with dice (but no doubling cube), and a set of standard chess pieces in black and clear plastic. Nice to have, to be sure, but I have a set of non-plastic wooden chessmen that look MUCH better on this table than the plastic pieces. Also, some kind of “special” deluxe chess set or backgammon set of size would also better accent the look of this piece.  The result? A truly beautiful table that adds to a more traditional room decorated in shades of cream, light brown, burgundies/reds, some shade of soft gold, or off-white. It is indeed a stately piece of furniture, and not for the kids to play on, to be sure. I also notice that the promo picture shows full glasses on it. I think that would be a very, very bad idea without coasters.  So, minor details aside, I love this table and I am looking forward to having it in my home for many years.

 

French Patio

There is nothing like finding old style French Provence furniture to decorate your patio with.  Old style french furniture often contained both iron and wood.

Folding furniture has been around for centuries.  In fact, Egyptian furniture included folding stools and couches.

Campaign furniture was originally designed for the British army in the late 1700’s which could be taken with them on the battle front.

The furniture was easy to fold up, broken down and set back up in an instant.  Folding furniture is perfect for any home because this style of furniture can be stored easily.  Many people face the situation that their iron furniture cannot be easily stored in their garage, and often times what happens is the iron is left out to face the harsh weather through the winter time.

Fold-able patio furniture makes sense.  Many people choose this type of furniture in apartment buildings with balconies because the furniture can be folded up if they want the floor space to work on a project.

The folding patio furniture has also been photographed inside homes instead of outside on the patio.  As more people are falling in love with primitive decorating, such as stone walls, rustic limed wood flooring, and distressed paint finishes, many people are turning to these rustic pieces to finish off their old world looks inside their homes.

Slatted cafe tables and chairs have been typically left in its natural state, although they can be painted to match your coordinating furniture.  Wood and iron have been the number one choice when it comes to patio furniture.

Refractory French Provincial Leaf Tables

Some of the most rare french provincial tables are the refractory French Provincial leaf tables.

They are quite uncommon and innovative in their design, but hardly new.

Some of the earliest examples of refractory tables date back to 1600.  Refractory tables have leaves hidden under the table and when pulled out, rise to the existing table top.  In some designs, both leaves meet in the center of the table and can be flipped over which serve as the leaves.

Refractory leaf tables are often seen as an extra thick table top, in comparison to the tables with removable leaves which involve physically pulling the apart the table from each end.

These tables have additional leaves apart from the table and require manually inserting the table leaves into the middle section to extend the table.

Over the years of reselling vintage french provincial tables, I rarely came across a french table which still had the original leaves.  Most people over the years have forgotten to donate the leaves, or somehow the leaves were misplaced as they moved from one house to the next.  One advantage of a refractory french table is the physical table has the leaves already in place. This beautiful design is rare in a french style, and simply one of the most stunning designs that are available.

French Provence Paint Colors In Yellow

Anne Fowler's stunning French styled home

GAP interiors featured Anne Fowler’s stunning French styled home  who, after five years living in Gers, which is located in the Midi Pyrenees region of France moved back home to Cotswolds UK.  Her partner, Alan Lloyd and herself restored a three-storey Cotswold stone building into the home of their dreams.  The home which had formerly been a stationery shop became their own oasis.

In one of the bedr00ms sits a painted antique french armoire in a brilliant yellow.  Yellow is one of the most popular historical colors that are seen in classic French countryside decorating.  All Provencal looks are inspired by the landscape of France, so when you think of decorating;…. think of the middle of summer, and you will always hit the mark.

The people at the time, and still today are captivated by the French countryside, and so much that they want to bring the outdoors inside.  Saturated colors such as green, blue, purples and yellow and golds are of Provence taste. Yellow sunflowers, and massive fields of yellow colza flowers are seen in Toulouse, in the south of France must have been what sparked the taste in the yellow paint colors we see all over Provence.

Ochre was a popular coloring in France during the time of the French Empire, and many French citizens living in foreign colonies would import a great deal of ochre clay from France to make their new lands feel like home.  Today the color of yellow is still one of the most popular colors to decorate with, along side blue, purple and green.

 

Alan Lloyd & Anne Fowler’s Stunning French Decorated Home
Lighter Muted Yellows With Pastel Blue Shutters and Brighter Deep Blue Colors Found in the Awning- Corey Amaro’s Blog

How To Decorate With Yellow:

1.  Use Muted Yellows with A Combination of Blues.

Corey Amaro took pictures around Provence, (which she lives) and found many shades of blue and yellow.  In this photograph above we find a muted yellow as the base color, with light colored pastel blue shutters and brighter deeper saturated blue found in the awning.

Use a lighter muted yellow on your walls.  Choose a dulled down yellow and accent it with mustard yellow.  Rusty brown can be used in your hardware, potting containers,  and old world rusted out lamps.  Use a rusty old urn and feature moss green toned plants for a very old world appearance.

Textured walls with textured plaster often found at your local hardware store will give you the presence of a stone and plaster appearance often seen in France.

Add in the light blue color with your painted furniture, or upholstery.  Using the color scheme of the the muted yellow as your base, you can then focus on bringing the the array of muted blues into your home.  Base your entire living room set around the lighter shades of blue and perhaps add in a few throw pillows in the brighter saturated ocean blues will give a nice balance to your home.  Following the scheme of these three color tones will give a beautiful French Provence look to your home.

The Parma Chest features a signature acorn with fleur de Lis motif.  The overall design features a ochre yellow with woodlands red fleur de Lis motif finished on a four drawer parma chest.  The chest also features pendant hardware and measures 33″H x 18″D x 36″W.  This chest gives all the looks of classic Provence painted furniture.  Guild Master sells it for $1,167

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18th century, Yellow Provencal Picture Corey Amaro’s Blog

1.  Use Brighter Toned Yellows with Muted Blue Accent Colors.

Again in this photograph we see the same color scheme but reversed.  Brighter tones of saturated yellows are paired with muted blues.  Paint the walls a bright yellow, and add in lighter blue painted french furniture.  In this scheme paint colors include light and bright blues, muted greens, true reds and yellows and soft shades of these colors.

-Consider growing bright red poppies in your garden.  The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s.  Consider displaying faux strawberries , crab apples or green Grannie apples in apothecary jars.

French Provence Painted Furniture

1 Emily Console Table $199– Add French-inspired flair to your home decor with the Emily Console Table. Expertly crafted from wood in an antiqued finish, this no-fuss table features storage and is the perfect way to display your home accents. Crafted of wood for years of lasting beauty.

2 Ashley Painted Console Table $103 Unquestionably stylish, the Ashley Painted Console Table goes hand-in-hand with most all types of furniture. Place the console table behind your sofa with lamps or use it in an entryway to colorfully welcome guests to your home. Available in two colors. Quality construction for long-lasting use and beauty. 32.5″Hx33.5″W

3 .Louisa Accent Table -Take your decor in a fun new direction with the unique styling of the Louisa  Complements the French Provence home decor styles. Actual size is 30.25″Hx21.5″W

Provence Furniture is often left in its natural state, or painted for a country feel.  Provence styled upholstered chairs featured linens and natural comfortable fabrics that you could put your feet up in. Farmhouse tables were functional for preparing dinners and had smooth tops from the years of use.  Dining chairs were designed to be beautiful yet functional. Homes had a distressed appearance showing good times over the years.

Provence style is an upscale romantic version of relaxed country living. Furniture is comfortable, and interiors are not stuffy and formal, but relaxed and casual. Furniture that was seen in Versailles was duplicated for the country but in relaxed fabrics.

Collecting Louis XV styled furniture will go a long way to create this look for your home. Seating should be soft and comfortable. While many people opt for plain linen fabrics others invest in the classic floral patterns found in traditional France.

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Chintz & Companies Fabulous French Reproduction Furniture

Platinum Blue Lyonne Chest of Drawers Side From Chintz & Company

Platinum Blue Lyonne Chest of Drawers Side From Chintz & Company

One look at Chintz & Company’s furniture and you will be surprised at what you find.  Their furniture line features the best reproductions of desirable antiques which takes the most avid shoppers hard to find.

Their stores also have a selection of  unique high-quality home furnishings which include tableware selections, home accessories, linens, florals, and patio furniture.  Granted even Winners, Ross Dress for Less, and Home Goods carry fantastic home decor items, but they don’t carry french reproductions such as Bombe chests, Balloon chairs and Louis XVI Chairs.

Chintz features one thing you cannot find at your local furniture gallery even here in the US, which are their hand picked selection of great repro furniture, which they shop the entire world to find.

They have classic English traditional looks, along side french styles, and a mixture of modern furnishings.  What I found most impressive about their collection when I stumbled across their site, was their Directoire furniture which is only being produced by a very small few companies.

Their classic furniture can be compared to Restoration Hardware’s but with a nicer selection.  Virtually everything is beautiful in their store, it is hard to pick just a handful of furniture to feature in this post because so many pieces are outstanding, so we just featured some of their french selections.  They have 4 main locations in western Canada: Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver.

Directoir Chest From Chintz & Company

French Black Solid Mahogany Buffet Chest From Chintz & Company

Annabelle Sedona Chair

Regence Chest From Chintz & Company

Fushia Gold Cirque Striped Chest of Drawers From Chintz & Company

 

Indigo Cirque Chest & Platinum Cirque Chest of Drawers From Chintz & Company

The Most Sought After Louis XV Cabinet Makers Of Eighteenth Century

Picture Credit Helen McCoy– This commode has the most beautiful bronze pulls and escutcheons. America’s International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, West Palm Beach, FL, 2007  Provenance  Grenoble, France

Jean-Francois Hache (January 10. 1730 – August 19. 1796)  was a member of a famous dynasty of 18th century cabinetmakers that included his grandfather, Thomas, and his father, Pierre. The Hache family played a major role in France for over a century.

Jean-François Hache (1730-1796) is probably the most famous of the Hache craftsmen. In 1756 Jean-Francois made a four-month stay in Paris, where he was very much influenced by the Louis XV style and particularly by the work of Jean-François Oeben.

Jean-Francois was also known for his mosaic inlays, and bold and unusual geometric inlaid forms.  Throughout the eighteenth century the workshops of the family Axe were recognized as the most talented craftsmen, cabinet makers in the region, working exclusively for larger families.  Today, the pieces of furniture  made by the Hache family are in high demand.

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Looking For Ideas For Yellow Painted Furniture? -You Need To See This Piece!

Spring and Summer is just around the corner, and many people are looking to re-work their existing furniture.  More people are being drawn to implementing lighter colors in their home, especially when it comes to painted furniture.  Yellow is a really terrific color choice, and there are so many ways you can dress up a piece of furniture if you plan on painting it yellow.

The key to French Provence decorating is to start with good boned furniture.  If you have the lines and the shape of the Louis XV styles, you can do wonders with paint and furniture appliques.

This chest featured at Christies is one of the prettiest, if not the best piece of furniture painted in yellow I have seen.  The color combinations that are employed on this chest are sensational.  Butter yellow, and light gray paint used to highlight the details of the console table and work beautifully together.

In some areas around the flowers, it appears to be that the appliques are whiter than others which gives the appliques a 3 dimentional apperance.  This pieces appears to have some natural distressing around the painted areas adding depth to the overall look.  Painting the top of the table brings the eye to differentiate the apron of the table and the table top.

One of the best features of this table are the flower and swag furniture appliques.  There are many wood furniture appliques on the market today which feature historical designs which you can hammer on to your furniture.

I have written several articles on this subject.

-My Hand Painted Burl Wood Chest With Hand Made Appliques

Look at the handles on this chest.  You can add extra detail to your handles as well using molds

Wreaths – Not A Mold, but an applique. $5.95

Laurel Leaves Mounts– Gold Plated Metal $36.

Mini Flower Plaque– Possibly could be used as a furniture applique.

In this article, Create A Mind-Blowing Feature Wall For Just Pennies Using Plaster Molds I explain the difference between push molds and plaster molds.  Both techniques are thrilling, and I promise you, that you will love molding after trying it just once.

This is a great little piece that could be used on furniture. $12.

Push molds are certainly the way to go to create floral appliques if you want to create a look like the French Provincial console from Christies.

Flower Flexible Push Mold For Resin Or Clay $3.95

Lion Head- $3.75 Add a ring and make your own Lion Pulls.

Flower Flexible Push Mold For Resin Or Clay $3.50

Oak Leaves– Really Excited About This!  $3.00

-French Leg Mounts -$67

-Beautiful Large Scale Swag $22

Little Oak Leaves and Acorns Clay Push Mold $2.50

French Bow Mold– Perfect For Many Projects $3.25

Little Holly Leaves– This has a lot of potential $3.25

Fancy Leaf Embellishment Mold – $3.75

Lilly of The Valley Mold- $3.50

Rose Floral Appliques– Perfect for adding some extra detail around handles.

Double Leaves– $2.25 Perfect For Furniture.

Cluster of Leaves– This could be used as a ornament for French legs.  Often times they are seen hammered on to the top of the legs.  Use two of these upside down, or just one.

French Provincial Painted Diminutive Armoire from Christies $1,500

Bouquet Furniture Applique Mount – Do It Yourself Chic $30

Gold Ormolu is another outlet for furniture appliques.  If you are wanting more of a genuine historical look, Ari’s Ormolu will have all those high-end furniture appliques.

Do it Yourself Chic also has a number of wonderful furniture appliques including the French styled swags you see on much of the antique French furniture.

Pediment Mold– Could be used on furniture.  Cast only the detail of the mold, not the backing.  From Go Statue.

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