September 21, 2014

Design Trends

Yes, Antique and Contemporary

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The allure of an antique is its past—whether authentic or imagined—and knowing a little about a piece’s provenance only makes the mind swirl more with possible scenarios. Did generations of royals store the crown jewels in the hidden compartments of this rare 1730s Flemish baroque tortoise shell collector’s cabinet? The architectural piece of arches, spiral columns, intricately cast gilt-bronze mounts and ebonized wood came from the Saxe-Coburg collection. So anything is possible. Priced at $155,000 at The Englishman, Naples.









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Chairs—either old or a modern reinterpretation—provide a small dose of antiquity for those with commitment issues. Hickory Chair delves into its own 100-year history to update its Surry chair, the first produced by predecessor Surry Chair Co. in 1911. Deliberately retrospective but decidedly modern, the chair, shown in mahogany with standard nailhead-trimmed upholstery, is larger than the original, but its bowed top rail, simple tapered arms, hand-tied saddle seat and tapered leg posts remain true to its heritage. Priced at $1,680 through Bay Design, Naples.








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Mix and match the tablescape at your next afternoon tea with newer serving pieces and an opaline glass epergne, a 19th century staple of the well-dressed table. Use the epergne for its original purpose—to display fruit, flowers, sweetmeats and even candles—or showcase it as the decorative French art glass it is. With an estimated value between $200 and $400, it is available during Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Sept. 22 Naples auction.















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French Heritage borrows from the past for its new U.S. Constitution James Madison commode. Its shape and style echo Louis XIV; the opening stanzas of the Declaration of Independence, unabashedly scripted in gold across the cherry wood front, are a patriotic counterpoint to last year’s Beatles and Union Jack-waving design anthems. The combination of gilded ornamental hardware and red and gold paints makes it a perfect statement piece for a foyer or as a guest room dresser. Priced at $4,185 at Angela’s Fine Furniture, Estero.

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The Harmon chair, from Linwood Furniture’s new Arts and Crafts-inspired Modern Bungalow collection, features carved floral embellishments and a multilayer finish that’s flecked and chipped to give it a vintage look. Shown in hearth black and priced from $795, the chair is also available in four other finishes, including trendy Somerset blue, and 24 fabric choices from French Laundry Home. Available through interior design professionals.

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