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Art Deco furniture is one of our favourite categories here at Village Vintage. Hailing from Paris in the 1910’s and filtering into Europe and the United States throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s, these vintage pieces are bursting with character and charm, perfect to bring a little alternative style into your home or business!

This week, we delve into Art Deco, its key features and the beautiful pieces our Essex antique dealer has available to purchase.

 

What is Art Deco?

Short for the French phrase ‘Arts Décoratifs’, Art Deco emerged in the 20th century and was the predominant decorative art style around the WW1 era. Appearing in visual arts, architecture furniture and other product design, it is characterised by strong colours and geometric shapes. The ‘Art Deco’ style truly reflects the rapid industrialisation of the era. It's often associated with luxury, glamour, and exuberance!

 

Styles and Characteristics

The Art Deco movement continues to captivate with its sophistication, bringing a touch of vintage glamour to any space. If you’re newcomer to this iconic style, knowing the characteristics to look out for will help you on your journey to finding the right pieces. Distinctive features include:

Geometric Patterns: Geometric motifs are a hallmark of Art Deco furniture design. Look for pieces with inlaid wood patterns, angular metal accents, or carved details that emphasize symmetry and repetition. Other design patterns can include zigzags, chevrons, sunbursts and floral patterns.

 

Luxurious Materials: Furniture from this era showcases luxurious materials. Use of exotic woods like ebony, mahogany, and zebrawood are frequently used in Art Deco style. Incorporation of materials like chrome, glass, mirrors, lacquer, ivory, mother-of-pearl and shagreen (stingray skin) are also common here. This adds a sense of uniqueness and refinement to each piece.

 

Bold Colours: Deep saturated colours like black, gold, silver, ruby reds, emerald green and cobalt blues are often paired with glossy black or metallic finishes. These vibrant hues and reflective surfaces create dramatic statement pieces. There is often a high contrast between colours to enhance any geometric patterns.

 

Streamlined and Sleek: You’ll find that Art Deco furniture pieces often have a streamlined shape, with clean lines. Key features for pieces like sideboards, armchairs, and coffee tables include polished surfaces with smooth, curved edges or sharp, angular profiles. This creates a striking visual impact.

 

Art Deco Furniture at Village Vintage 

At Village Vintage, we’re passionate about Art Deco style and its culture. We have collected some beautiful pieces from Europe that we know our customers will love!

 

French Amber Finger Bowls x5

A set of five amber glass finger bowls. Each 13cm diameter and in very good condition! Beautiful accessories for any kitchen or dining room table.

Vintage French Silver Gilt Cocktail Jug

A stunning French Art Deco vintage cocktail making and pouring jug, in a classically designed heavy crystal base, with a rare integral handle. The Silver Gilt mount is exquisitely decorated around the mounting collar. The spout is perforated to collect any unwanted residue upon pouring your cocktail! This piece is in original and unmarked condition and measures 25cm in height and 19cm wide.

Vintage Marble Lade Covered Dish

A covered dish made from solid marble with and Art Deco detail on the front. Stylish and dainty, this is perfect to hold little trinkets or jewellery.

Vintage French Styled Wooden Wind Up Wall Clocks

A stunning classic vintage 1950 wall clock, in excellent condition. A very rare find with a contrasting crackled varnished face and rich waxed Pitch Pine frame, with twenty-four hour numbers on the face.

Pair of French Amboyna Two Tier Bedside Tables

A pair of decadent Amboyna veneer finish bedside tables in very good condition. Elegant shaped tops, with under tiers joined by three curvaceous legs. Versatile and useful for any room, these are an understated yet striking design.

French Cast Iron Bistro Table

A French Art Deco bistro table, with round glass top set over a striking red coloured ground. With a polished metal edge, set upon a three-facet column, which itself is set on an Art Deco stepped tripod base. The makers cast stamp can be seen on the column. This is a real statement piece and could be used as a lamp table or an indoor or outdoor drinks table. 71 cm in height and 48cm in width, this is very good condition with the base being painted over sometime during the 1920’s/30’s.

Art Deco Coffee Table

This stunning and rare piece is a genuine late Art Deco period round pedestal coffee/centre table from the renowned designer Reiners Mobler, of Mjolby, Sweden. Inlaid with vibrant flame mahogany veneers radially, with a contrasting centre medallion of satin Birch. This design and style is typical of this high-end designer.

The heavy tabletop sits upon a concave tripod centre column with stylised split turning Ebonised Corinthian columns. The table is stamped on the top support plate with an ‘R’ and ‘MJOLBY’. It's surrounded by three crowns inside a triangle and ‘1942’ on the underside of the top edge. 58cm in height and 110cm in diameter, this Art Deco coffee table is in good condition for its age. It comes complete with a bespoke protective 8mm plate glass top.

 

Viewings 

All items are available to view with our team at our secure storage facility, Monday-Friday by appointment only. Collection in person or UK and international shipping can be arranged for ultimate convenience.

 

Get in Touch

If you’re interested in any of our vintage Art Deco furniture, the team at Village Vintage would love to help! We are passionate about delivering the best results for our valued customers. Simply get in touch with us by filling out our contact form and one of our friendly team will get back to you.

Are you looking for a reputable Essex antique dealer? Then you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to Village Vintage , a family run, father and son business who are passionate about our vintage collections and of course, our wonderful customers. In this week’s blog post, we thought we’d introduce ourselves, discuss exactly what it is we do, why we’re passionate about the antiques and vintage industry and how we could assist in finding your next unique piece for your home.

 

What Do We Do?

Here at Village Vintage, we specialise in sourcing, unusual vintage/antique furnishings and decorative items for around the home. We cater to all styles and budgets, and guarantee that our products have that unique difference that you are looking for! If you’re looking to make an impact in your home, Village Vintage is there to help you achieve this. If it’s not in stock, we’ll do our best to source something for you.

As Essex antique dealers with years of experience under our belt, not only are we extremely skilled and respected in our field, but we have built trusting relationships with credible suppliers across Europe. This ensures that our customers get the premium quality, one of a kind home furnishings they’re looking for.

 

Bespoke Customer Service  

When it comes to customer service, we are dedicated to delivering the best and always strive to go above and beyond in all that we do. We have a very in-depth knowledge of the marketplace and trends and try to focus on design led pieces with well-known names as well as the more unusual, quality items that we may come across.

We sell individual pieces to the public and also supply high end hotels and other hospitality venues who are always searching for quality, one off pieces. Our team are very proud that our field of work is so environmentally friendly, and with our in-house expert restoration, we make sure that pieces carry on being loved and admired for years to come.

At Village Vintage, we predominantly trade online, however, we know just how important it is for you to get a feel for the item you’re interested in. There’s nothing quite like seeing an antique in all its grandeur for yourself! Located on the Essex and Suffolk border, we offer viewings with our team at our secure storage facility, Monday- Friday by appointment only. This way, you’re able to physically see the item, talk to our professional team and ask any questions you may have.

Furthermore, our customers are welcome to collect items in person, or we can organise both UK and international delivery. We want your purchasing experience to be as seamless as possible for you, so we give you the option for ultimate convenience.

 

Reputation

In our industry, trust and credibility is everything. Our Essex antique dealer are leading the way with our upfront and sincere approach. For every quality piece, we guarantee assurance that the items we distribute are genuine, providing accurate provenance and verification whenever possible. We want you to shop with confidence; for many, vintage and antique items are often investments, so purchasing from a trusted reputable source is absolutely key.

Village Vintage adhere to ethical standards, which includes fair pricing, honest disclosure, and responsible sourcing. We also have our clear, no quibble 14 day return policy and guarantees, providing additional peace of mind for buyers. We understand that a good reputation fosters customer loyalty and long-term business relationships - we want you to leave us feeling informed and above all, satisfied with your purchase!

 

Our Antique Categories

We have hundreds of beautiful pieces available on our website, with new items consistently added to our collection. Should you have any queries, our team would be happy to help! Some of our most popular categories include:

 

Restoration

Did you know that our Essex antique dealer specialises in antique restoration? Restoring antique furniture is a wonderful way to prolong the life of furniture, as well as refreshing the item. It’s one thing having an eye for vintage items, but restoring antiques takes our expertise to a whole new level. This intricate skill truly sets our business apart. At Village Vintage, we restore antique and vintage pieces that we purchase, only if needed, with great care and precision.

 

Sustainability

Village Vintage Essex antique dealer are extremely passionate about the sustainable offerings of our field and pride ourselves on our environmentally friendly commitment to only supply pre-loved, quality items.

Today, it’s increasingly difficult to find quality items that can withstand the test of time with minimal upkeep. With pressure on designers, manufacturers and suppliers to minimise costs, quality is often sacrificed, which certainly rings true in the modern furnishings industry. Cheaper materials are now being used to craft products, which means the customer will need replacements much sooner.

Choosing vintage and antique pieces over newer options not only supports sustainability efforts but also ensures high-quality furnishings that last longer than the alternative.

 

Get in Touch

Here at Village Vintage, we love what we do and are passionate about delivering the best results for our valued customers. If you’re looking for unique vintage and antique pieces for the home, we’d love to help! Simply get in touch with us by filling out our contact form and one of our friendly team will get back to you. Don't forget to join our community on Facebook.

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