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Pair Art Deco Chests Drawers Tall Boys Lozenge Inlay Furniture

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Pair Art Deco Chests Drawers Tall Boys Lozenge Inlay Furniture

Pair Art Deco Chests Drawers Tall Boys Lozenge Inlay Furniture

– Come view this in our Hertfordshire warehouse, just 25 minutes north of London
– Stunning pair of art deco style slimline chest of drawers – or tall boys
– Features intricate hexagonal / lozenge inlay in blonde walnut
– Funky design driven piece straight from an interiors magazine into your home
– Six drawers so ample storage
– If required we can sell these individually if you need just one and not the pair, let us know
– Offered in great shape and will ship to anywhere in the world

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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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Pair Stylish Club Arm Chairs Deco Chair Mahogany Modernist Seat

 

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Pair Stylish Club Arm Chairs Deco Chair Mahogany Modernist Seat

Pair Stylish Club Arm Chairs Deco Chair Mahogany Modernist Seat

– Available for viewing in the Canonbury Antiques Herts / North London showroom
– Gorgeous pair of design driven art deco style club arm chairs
– Such a great look to these, the way the arms splay out
– Hand crafted from mahogany with intricate inlay work with lozenge motifs
– Very comfortable to sit in, backs, arms and seats are cushioned
– Just a total pleasure to admire and sit in, you just sink into these
– We have a whole range of other art deco style furniture if you are looking for matching pieces, just let us know
– Purchased from a dealer at the Newark Antiques fair in England
– Come view these in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
– Offered in great shape ready for home use right away
– We can ship to anywhere in the world – please get in touch for a shipping quote
– Please let us know if you have any other questions

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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 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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Canonbury Antiques – Where Are We

CANONBURY ANTIQUES HERTFORDSHIRE SHOWROOM

Canonbury Antiques
Redwell Wood Farm
Ridge Hill
Potters Bar
Hertfordshire EN6 3NA
England

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We are very well connected, close to M1 and right on the M25 just outside Potters Bar in Herts. Many of these goods are on display in our Hertfordshire antiques showroom so please come in and say hello. Whenever people visit we always get the same commments – ‘it’s like an Aladdin’s Cave!’ Yes, it’s packed to the rafters with all manner of furniture and objet’s d’art. So please come in and enjoy the best Herts antiques showroom. Please click here to find us on Google Maps 

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One thing we ask – if there are specific things you’d like to see that you have seen on our website, please let us know the item numbers so we can check it’s on display. Nine times out of ten it will be but some of our goods are in storage as we just don’t have the room for all our stock. If it is in storage we can arrange in advance to have it ready for a viewing.
Just 25 minutes north of London..via rail…and Eurostar

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We are easily accessible from London either by car or rail. Via rail the nearest train station is Potters Bar which is just 20 minutes north of Kings Cross with at least four trains an hour. The station is around 5 minutes from the showroom by taxi – there is a taxi rank just outside the station. Most local drivers will know the Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom. The rail network in the UK is excellent and easy to use. Kings Cross is also the terminal for Eurostar – perfect for our European friends visiting from Paris, Brussels and anywhere else on the Continent.

Close to Heathrow / Luton / Stanstead Airports

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For our many customers from abroad we are very close to Heathrow airport (just 25 minutes around the M25). We are also close to both Luton and Stanstead airports which are approx 30 minutes away. We have visitors from all over Europe, North and South American, Australia, Asia – in fact everywhere in the world. Our Hertfordshire antiques showroom is truly global.
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That’s right, if you have your own mode of air transport you can land your helicopter in the field next door. As exactly a number of clients have over the years. If you don’t own a helicopter the Number 179 bus stops relatively close to us on the St Albans Road!
Nice things to visit in the area

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Often people who come to visit our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom they might incorporate it with visiting some of the many local places of interest. We’re just 5 minutes down the road from historic St Albans which has a cathedral, Roman ruins and was the place of various battles during the War of the Roses. It’s a gorgeous market town with nice shopping and lunch spots.

There are also numerous good lunch spots, pub lunches, walks and we’re also opposite the Mosquito aircraft museum. Please let us know if you have any questions whilst visiting our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom.

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Silver Plate Epergne Centrepiece – A Guide

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At Canonbury Antiques we carry a range of silver plate epergnes or centerpieces. These ornate and florid works of art are designed to go in the centre of a dining table as part of the dining arrangement and to serve condiments, sauces, exotic nuts, small food items or perhaps in a purely decorative function to showcase a floral arrangement. They will certainly add a certain oomph to any dinner party – and also look great at other times just as decorative pieces.

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slot into the corresponding numbered hole on the centerpiece. An extra nice touch are the mirrored trays that these will come on – so you can admire them from every angle in the reflection in the glass.

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(Above – note the mirrored tray so you can enjoy views of this epergne from all angles)

Working out of Sheffield – a city in the North of England – famous for steel on an industrial level and silver plate on a smaller scale, is where many of the silver plate techniques were first developed and mastered. The Elkington technique of electroplating surfaces also developed in England, specifically out of Birmingham in the Midlands.  George Richards Elkington worked in the science of electrometallurgy and took out various patents of his system of finishing objects in silver plate. Of course with aristocratic patrons this soon took off resulting in the plethora of designs and styles made.

 

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(Above – chips and salsa night suddenly got more upmarket)

Famous silver smiths working out of England in the 1800s include Matthew Boulton (working in a largely neoclassical style) and Thomas Pitt who was based in London. We have a range of silver plate epergnes so hopefully you can find one to suit your needs and tastes. Nothing beats a serving lovely sauces from these works of art during a high end dinner party and they really add some style to the occasion.

Please check out our video below showing how these look in their element – on a large walnut Victorian dining table all we need are some guests and fine wine:

Antique 1920s Art Deco Pedestal Desk Writing Table Bureau Furniture

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Antique 1920s Art Deco Pedestal Desk Writing Table Bureau Furniture

Antique 1920s Art Deco Pedestal Desk Writing Table Bureau Furniture

– Stunning antique art deco desk in walnut
– Classic art deco look with the clean lines to the design and overall sleek minimalism
– Walnut offset by black ebonized trim and the black leather writing surface
– Lots of storage with roll top sides
– Pedestal desk that comes apart so easy to move around
– Come view in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
– Offered in great condition with no signs of damage and ready for home use
– Please contact for a shipping quote, we ship to all over the world

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Art Deco Console Table Blonde Walnut 1920s Hall Tables

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Art Deco Console Table Blonde Walnut 1920s Hall Tables

Art Deco Console Table Blonde Walnut 1920s Hall Tables

– Stunning art deco style console or dressing table in blonde walnut with black trim
– Delightful piece, somehow embody the 1920s aesthetic with the minimal design
– Two drawers so ample storage
– Offered in great shape and will ship to anywhere in the world – please email for a shipping quote

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