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Hertfordshire Antiques

art deco just in Canonbury Antiques

art deco just in Canonbury Antiques

Come and see us in our large gallery to view these art deco pieces and everything else you like. If you like anything you see on the website please let us know and we can arrange a viewing at our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom. We are open on Saturday’s on the weekend and this is one of our most popular days. I guess as our customers are not working and can take time to fully browse and appreciate the Alladin’s Cave that is our showroom! We are open 10am to 5pm on Saturday’s so please let us know if you’d like to come by.

We are only 25 minutes north of London and are conveniently located right near where the A1 meets the M25. We are also accessible via train and the nearest station – Potters Bar – is just 15 minutes north of Kings Cross in central London. There is a minicab firm right outside the station or we can pick you up.

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We also have a large range of classic farmhouse furniture – large oak refectory tables and as before we have various chairs to match includingladderback, spindleback, Windsor chairs and Mary Tudor chairs. Again you can try these out for size and comfort in the Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom beofore making the final purchase.

Other specialities of ours includes art deco furniture of all types, large bronzes and architectural pieces, French and Asian porcelain, French furniture and English antiques. We can ship these goods to any part of the world so let us know if you’d like a shipping quote and we look forward to seeing you soon in leafy Hertfordshire.

Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom

Our main speciality is our range of classic English dining sets – Regency pedestal tablesVictorian dining tables, William IV in both mahogany and walnut. Around these tables we carry a whole range of matching dining chairs – Regency, Trafalgar, Chippendale, Queen Anne chairs to name a few. We can match up the perfect dining set for you to accommodate your tastes so you can try different chairs around different tables. Nothing beats sitting around these antique dining sets in person to try them out for comfort, style and size.

Pair Classic Art Deco Console Tables Hall Table 1920s

 

 

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Pair Classic Art Deco Console Tables Hall Table 1920s

Pair Classic Art Deco Console Tables Hall Table 1920s

– Come view this in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom – just 25 minutes north of London
– Gorgeous pair of art deco style console tables
– Classic 1920s look on these, clean and minimal and hence perfect for contemporary interiors
– Main piece has been constructed from rosewood with black ebonized strip to the back
– Love the tiered look to the table tops with three tiers
– We carry a whole range of other art deco furniture so let us know if you are looking for matching pieces
– Offered in great condition and will ship to anywhere in the world
– Please contact for shipping quotes or if you have any other questions
– We have been in business for over fifty years now so well established family business

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Art Deco Bookcase Glass Display Cabinet 1920s Furniture

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Art Deco Bookcase Glass Display Cabinet 1920s Furniture

Art Deco Bookcase Glass Display Cabinet 1920s Furniture

– Please let us know if you would like to view this piece in our Canonbury Antiques Herts showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
– Gorgeous art deco style bookcase or display cabinet
– Doesn’t get more classically deco than this?
– Design is clean and minimal, perfect for contemporary interiors
– Love the interplay between the different coloured woods, blonde walnut and rosewood
– Two glass shelves so lots of storage for your decorative pieces
– We have a whole range of other matching art deco furniture so please let us know what you are looking for, including art deco desks, cabinets, chests and console tables
– Offered in great shape ready for home use right away
– We ship to every corner of the planet – please get in touch for a shipping quote

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Art Deco Bookcase Shelf Unit Furniture 1920s

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Art Deco Bookcase Shelf Unit Furniture 1920s

Art Deco Bookcase Shelf Unit Furniture 1920s

– Gorgeous art deco style bookcase in blonde walnut
– Great shelf unit with various different sized cubby holes
– Classic deco look with the clean and minimal design aesthetic
– Stands on the raised platform with black ebonized ball supports
– In great condition, solid and sturdy with great patina to the wood
– We have a whole range of other art deco furniture in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom so let us know what you are looking for
– Please let us know if you would like to view this piece in our Canonbury Antiques Herts showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
– Offered in great shape ready for home use right away
– We ship to every corner of the planet – please get in touch for a shipping quote

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Art Deco Hall Table Z Shape Console Tables Design Interiors

 

 

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Art Deco Hall Table Z Shape Console Tables Design Interiors

Art Deco Hall Table Z Shape Console Tables Design Interiors

– Stunning art deco style console table with black ebonized Z leg and blone walnut accents
– Just beautiful, high design perfect for modern interiors
– Somehow encaptures the whole art deco aesthetic and style with it’s clean and symmetrical minimalism
– We have a whole range of other art deco style furniture if you are looking for matching pieces
– Including art deco console tables, desks, deco bedroom furniture, deco interiors etc
– Please let us know if you would like to view this piece in our Canonbury Antiques Herts showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
– Offered in great shape ready for home use right away
– We ship to every corner of the planet – please get in touch for a shipping quote

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Pair Art Deco Bookcases Shelf Units Retro Furniture

 

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Pair Art Deco Bookcases Shelf Units Retro Furniture

Pair Art Deco Bookcases Shelf Units Retro Furniture

– Stunning pair of art deco style bookcases
– Very eye catching pair, clean and minimal design perfect for contemporary interiors
– Of course we can split the pair up if you are just interested in buying a single bookcase
– Lots of storage space with all the shelves and boxes
– We have a whole host of other art deco furniture – desks, chests, tables etc – if you are looking for matching pieces
– Please let us know if you would like to view this piece in our Canonbury Antiques Herts showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
– Offered in great shape ready for home use right away
– We ship to every corner of the planet – please get in touch for a shipping quote

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Pair Biedermeier Chests Drawers Birdseye Maple Deco Commmode

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Pair Biedermeier Chests Drawers Birdseye Maple Deco Commmode

Pair Biedermeier Chests Drawers Birdseye Maple Deco Commmode

– Please let us know if you would like to view this piece in our Canonbury Antiques Herts showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
– Wonderful pair of Biedermeier style chests of drawers
– Handsome pair, great look to these, every interior designers dream
– Also very practical as they are big so offer lots of storage with all the drawers
– Love the finish, tone and patina to the birdseye maple
– Eight drawers to each so ample storage
– Love the black ebonized handles and how they offset against the lighter coloured wood
– Clean amd minimal design just perfect for contemporary interiors
– Offered in great shape ready for home use right away
– We ship to every corner of the planet – please get in touch for a shipping quote

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Art Deco Chest Drawers Commode Blonde Walnut 1920s Furniture

 

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Art Deco Chest Drawers Commode Blonde Walnut 1920s Furniture

Art Deco Chest Drawers Commode Blonde Walnut 1920s Furniture

– Yummy art deco style chest of drawers
– Love the interplay between the blonde walnut and rosewood drawers wood colouring
– Classic clean and minimal design epitomises the 1920s ethos
– Such a great piece, perfect for modern interiors
– Please come and view in our North London / Hertfordshire antiques showroom, open to the public
– We ship to every corner of the planet – please get in touch for a shipping quote
– Offered in great shape with no damage and ready for home use right away
Dimensions are in CM:
Height x Width x Depth
96 x 106 x 35

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Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire Showroom

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Canonbury Antiques Map – London Hertfordshire

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Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire Showroom

 

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Our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire warehouse is open to the public and is packed the rafters with all sorts of goods – lots of art deco furniture, English dining furniture, art deco bronzes, architectural antiques, bronzes, pottery and Continental furniture. Most people who visit are instantly taken by how big it is and describe it as an Aladdins Cave as it’s stuffed to the gills with eclectic goods. It’s a favourite with interior designers.

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art deco furniture

Our large showroom is just outside of Potters Bar in leafy Herfordshire – and just 25 minutes North of London. Potters Bar is just 20 minutes north of Kings Cross station in London so we are very accessible. Heathrow, Stanstead and Luton airports are all approx 30 minutes away and hence we have visitors from all over the world. One of our specialities is of course art deco furniture and bronzes. We are big fans of the art deco aesthetic and nothing beats trying out this art deco furniture for size and comfort in the Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom . Sit at an art deco desk or in a deco club chair. Admire the patina on our deco lamps and 1920s bronzes. Please get in touch if you’d like to make an appointment or have any other questions.

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Art Deco Bronzes – The Figural Form

ART DECO FIXATION

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At Canonbury Antiques we are great fans of the art deco era. Though the style took its name from ‘L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes‘, held in Paris in 1925 it initially began to emerge during the 1910’s reaching its height during the roaring 1920’s. The art deco aesthetic influenced all creative areas – architecture, typography, fashion, music, paintings, furniture, design and of course the figural form, mainly in the shape of art deco bronzes and statues, which will be our focus.

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(Above: Beauty of Paris by Joe Descomps)

In this piece we will examine the main influences that affected the shaping of the figural form of the time and some of it’s most famous proponents, including Chiparus, Fayral, Max Leverrier, Ferdinand Preiss, Lalique, Colinet, Joe Descomps and a whole host of other artists, a rolecall of the deco greats. We have all manner of art deco bronzes available at Canonbury Antiques , mainly of the female form which was obviously the most favoured subject of the artists.

The 1920s seem to be a time of great social change, technical development and historical advances in science and travel that really influenced the overall look and feel of the time. Here’s some of the main factors:

1920s VERSION OF THE IDEALISED WOMAN

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(Above: Gorgeous Biba – or Clarte – figurine in the form of a lamp. Classic example of the 1920s idealised female form)

Every era has it’s asethetic version of the idealised female form. Whether it be a Rubenesque 1600s version of the more rounded female to the wasted heroin chic waif look popular in the 90s. In the 1920s it seemed like the first stirrings of the fully modern woman were made – female suffrage clearly gave women independence and confidence. Women were granted suffrage (the right to vote) in the United States in 1920 and in Britain in 1918 (although propertied and over 30 was a requirement). Hence, coming in the aftermath of the First World War, the twenties are often looked at through rose tinted glasses as a time of progression and growing freedoms. The 1920s idealised form of the female was all lithe athleticism, perhaps in a skimpy bathing suit. It was almost a hark back to classical antiquity with the degree that youth, beauty and perfect physical proportion were worshipped. It certainly made for some great statues and works of art.

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ERTE

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(Above: The fashion designer Erte extered a massive influence sartorially)

Romain de Tirtoff was a Russian born artist who worked out of France in the 1920s and worked under the pseudonym Erte. Erte was a polymath who worked in jewellery, costume, set design and fashion and had a sweeping influence, particularly on female dress that can be seen in various dresses and fashions of women featured in art deco bronzes. He would have dressed the stars in the silent movies of the time and just a cursory search of his imagery on Google will reveal how big an influence it was.

BALLETS RUSSES

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(Above: Ballet Russe’s influence can really be seen in the works of DH Chiparus)

The Ballets Russes was a travelling ballet company based in Paris who toured the world throughout the twenties. The companies productions created a big sensation and influenced performance art and costumes. It also introduced European and American audiences to designs, motifs and music from Russian folklore. Art deco artists, particularly DH Chiparus were extremely influenced.

AERODYNANISM

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(Above: Streamline Moderne in the architectural medium. If this was in marble could almost be a base to a bronze)

Sleek aerodynanism was a recurrant look and feel to the art deco figural form. This can be seen as a response to the technical advances in travel – by air, car, train and boat – that were enabling mass commercial travel to really grown in the 1920s. In turn the designs of these modes of travel incorporated a streamline look for quicker travel. These advances can really be seen in the architectural works – for eg the Streamline Moderne movement –  of the day which have  fine lines, elegant areoplane-like curves and a clean symmetry.

CUBISM

Cubism is an early Twentieth century art from that emerged in Paris in the early 1900s. It’s leading proponents were Georges Braque and of course Picasso. The impact of Cubism were far-reaching and definitely influenced the art deco bronze figural form, mainly in the way faces were depicted with slightly exaggerated features and clean angular lines. The look often had an almost tribal art feel, again a response to an opening up of the world to other cultures and arts as anthropologists and ethnographers encroached on formerly remote tribes and parts of the world.

EGYTO MANIA

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(Above: Egyptian Dancer statue by Colinet)

In 1922 Howard Carted and George Herberts (5th Earl of Carnarvon, and owner of Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey) discovered Turankhamun’s nearly intact tomb. This led throughout the 1920s to a fascination with all things Egyptican – pharos, pyramids, pharaoh hounds, obelisks etc – as images and photos were brought back from Egypt and manifested itself in the art and design. Again particuarly Chiparus who had a penchant for all manner of Egyptian dancers and belly dancers, a flirtation with the exotic.

THE FLAPPER

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(Above: A right bunch of Flappers! Where’s the champagne and jazz records?)

Tieing in with female emancipation touched on above through universal suffrage, was the emergence of the ‘new breed’ of young Western women called ‘flappers’. The flapper wore short skirts, had bobbed hair, danced to jazz, drank, smoked, had casual sex and generally flouted any social norms they could. They sound like a lot of fun and greatly advanced the cause of liberalism. As such it was a great influence on the art deco bronze figural form.

 

CLOWNS AND ODALISQUES

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(Above: Lovely Odalisque figurine in the form of a lamp)

Clowns – predominantly the Harlequin and Pierrot – seem to be a recurring fixation in the figural form. Clowns have always been a mild obsession in French culture and in the 1920s silent films, clown antics would have been a main source of humour and entertainment. As most of the important figural works and artists came out of Paris we can see the direct causation here.

 

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The odalisque – another 1920s artistic fixation – was a concubine in a Turkish harem. Artistically it emerged as an eroticised genre in which a normally semi nude Eastern woman lies on her side on display for the specator. Maybe it was just another great motif within which to study the female form, preferrably in a partially clothed manner.

DH Chiparus, although now ubiquitous, has to be the most important and iconic sculpturist working out of Paris in the 1920s. Original works of his command figures well into six noughts and are highly sought after and collectable. He really was a man of his times and the whole look and feel of the roaring twenties seem to reach its zenith in his statues and figurines. Here are some of our current favourite Chiparus pieces:

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(Above: Eternal Friends by Chiparus – flapper flanked by two borzoi hound, the ultimate deco dog)

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(Above: Chiparus Fan Dancer statue – Harlequin meets Ballets Russes)

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(Above: Karmona by Chiparus – again Ballets Russe meets Egypt)

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