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Antique Reproduction Furniture
Antique reproduction furniture is something I've grown increasingly interested in as we plan our future apartment and its décor cues. While we are interested in having furniture that's potentially hundreds of years old, it does bring up some issues. For example, we are very concerned about keeping our antiques safe, which might inhibit our ability to enjoy and use them! What good is furniture if it can't be used?
Antique reproduction furniture is a perfect solution to this problem. The idea behind this style is, the manufacturer faithfully reproduces a famous antique style in great detail, but with modern techniques. This results in a stronger and usually lighter piece of furniture, and it usually ends up being less expensive too.
If you're a fan of antiques like I am, I encourage you to consider antique reproduction furniture instead of the real deal. You won't be disappointed!
Antique Reproduction Furniture: French Reproduction
A particularly popular style of antique reproduction furniture is french-styled furniture, particularly those of Louis XVI and french country chic styles. The French really knew how to get it done when it came to furniture, and whether you want to evoke a sense of grandeur or simple country warmth, you can pick french antique reproduction furniture and it will do the job admirably.
There is a great benefit to considering antique style furniture rather than actual French antiques: these are typically the most expensive and sought after pieces on the market. True, they will hold their value extremely well, and you'll probably be able to sell it down the road for a profit. But if you're like me and you're searching for furniture with utility and not a long term investment, value speculation has no use.
Every major store will produce a variation on french antique reproduction furniture, but I highly recommend avoiding the big boxes and going to a professional furniture maker. Artisans will have a finer attention to detail, and generally produce higher quality stuff!
Antique Reproduction Furniture: Victorian Reproduction Furniture
Like the french style mentioned above, Victorian reproduction furniture has high value and is easily found these days. The term Victorian refers to the style of interior decorating popular during the (lengthy) reign of Queen Victoria. Typical design cues include cabriole legs, high backed chairs, elaborate woodwork including mahogany and teak, and intricate upholstry styles.
There is a real advantage to considering antique reproduction furniture in this case, as Victorian pieces tend to be very heavy and difficult to move. Not only that, they are extremely expensive, so you'll probably be too paranoid to actually make use of them. The antique reproduction furniture in this style is usually lighter and in better shape overall, so definitely work consideration.
Antique Reproduction Furniture: Art Deco Reproduction Furniture
Worth considering in the realm of antique reproduction furniture is art deco styled pieces. You can actually find many nice condition pieces of original art deco furniture lying around in thrift stores and garage sales, but they're becoming rarer, and their condition is deteriorating. Antique reproduction furniture of the art deco style is really popular due to vintage appeal and shows like Mad Men.
Again, antique reproduction furniture of this type is typically lighter and in better structural shape than a piece that's many decades of use. A lot of antique reproducers will actually update the style slightly, avoiding the more regrettable stylistic choices of the time and adding their own unique flair to it.
No matter what you intend the use to be, if you're an antiques fan, antique reproduction furniture is an excellent choice. Most of the time you won't even be able to tell the difference between an original piece and a reproduction, and they will probably last longer and hold up better as normal use furniture.