Relevant categories: Bronzes,Seating and Chairs
If you are enthusiastic about Italian antiques, you might be interested in knowing more about it. By and large, you will be referring to items that defined the gothic times. Italian art is broad and may refer to religious architecture, wall paintings and sculpture as well as objects used in homes on a daily basis.
Having dominated from 1200 to 1400, gothic style gave way to the “modern” style, which became popular in central Italy and Florence in France. Its main focus was the production of conservative church items. By the 16th century, the style had spread to the rest of Europe.
(Above photo - Antique Italian bench )
The furniture made in gothic style had elaborate features and were mainly used for ceremonial purposes. Most acted as choir stalls and thrones. However, it is possible to find small items such as ivory combs and caskets. These artistic objects are likely to feature in most places where Italian antiques are being sold. You can buy these items if you are looking for a religious or allegorical theme in your home.
(Above photo - Italian Painted Cabinet Bureau - Antique Florentine Circa 1860 )
You will also find furniture pieces for home use. These are either containers such as chests or those designed to contain or support the body like chairs. The basic shape of the gothic style was maintained across these items, even though some artists would creatively add in their own ideas. Thus, ideas would be exchanged between furniture artists and those building cathedrals for worship purposes. Common features of cabinets and cathedrals include pleated parchments, lacy filigrees, and acute arches.
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(Above photo - Italian Walnut Bench - Carved Antique Seat Circa 1860 )
What was done on lime would be carved in wood used to make furniture? In terms of furniture, Italian antiques are mainly made of walnut, pine, and fur. The type of wood used depended on the part of the country where the artist was based. Thus, walnut was common in Tuscany, while pine and fir were used in Northern Italy. In other parts of the country, artists relied on elm and chestnut, especially for making rustic furniture. This types of wood were also used to make cupboard and chest backs, which don’t need polishing.
Today, it is possible to find all types of Italian antiques for sale. You will get furniture, trunks, chests, and so on. While bigger chests held items such as clothes, the smaller ones were used for money and jewels. If you find such a chest, you can easily push it against a wall so that it acts as a base support for other items.
(Above photo - Pair Italian Venetian blackamoors)
For a wide variety of Italian antiques, talk to us today. We like it when you visit us to have a feel of the items we stock. You will find virtually anything from Italy that’s a century old and more. Our prices are the cheapest anywhere. Even some of the popular online shops cannot match the deals we have on offer. Our experts will help you to smoothly navigate the elaborate authentication process and ensure you pick only the most genuine. If you wish, you can ask an independent expert to help you authenticate the items.
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