Antiques Make Great Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Antiques are the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list. Who doesn’t like a one-of-a-kind item to add to their collection or home décor? Buying for a Francophile, Antique toy collector or lover of unique accessories? Below we offer just a just a few suggestions from our shop, but you can view our whole inventory on our website.

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Pair of Antique Polychromed French Side Tables

Perfect for someone who adores the French country style, these lovely Louis 15th style side tables are crafted out of carved wood and feature polychrome detailing throughout. Country farm themes have been painted on the tabletops, each with its own pastoral scene. Yellow, dark olive green and gold hues have been applied to the pieces, giving them a warm, comfortable look. Circa 1920, these antique side tables would have been built to sit next a sofa or chairs. Today, they could serve the same purpose, or as a unique accessory for a living room or master closet.

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Antique French Pedal Car

Highly collectible, this antique French pedal car would fit the bill for an antique toy collector, pedal car collector or even a car buff. Small grandchildren fit well in it too! Circa 1930, the pedal care is made out of steel and iron with rubber-clad wheels. It is painted green with a lovely patina from years of joy and play. The pedaling mechanism and fully articulated steering are completely functional. To move the car forward, the rider will simply push forward with alternating feet on the two pedals to drive the back wheels. We think it would make quite the impression under the Christmas tree!

 

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Antique English Emeralite Double Lamp

Circa 1910, this Emerlite double lamp was used on a partners’ desk – can’t you see Mr. Scrooge and Bob Cratchit using it into the wee hours of Christmas Eve? Also known as banker’s lamps, Emerlite lamps share similar design characteristics –green glass shades mounted to a brass base and a pull-chain switch. Our lamp features cased shades fitted with a bronze frame, providing more stability for the lovely glass. The shades are adjustable, and each bulb has its own pull chain switch so they can be used separately. The shades are mounted to a tapered shaft sitting upon a square base decorated with styled moldings. The lamp has been fully rewired to current electrical standards.

 

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Italian Pietra Dure Plaque

For the lover of art or all things Italian we have this Pietra Dure plaque. Pietra dure is an artistic technique where marble is inlaid into marble to create an image. Many species of marble were used in this circa 1890 Italian piece depicting a young man. The effect makes the piece appear like a painting rather than a mosaic. The artist took advantage of marble’s wide variety of tones, hues and shades to create a richly colored portrait. The marble pieces are about ¼” thick so the petite piece is not too heavy. Coupled with a hand carved and gilt frame featuring an acanthus leaf and shell motif, we feel this piece would make an interesting addition to an art collection.

 

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Pair of Antique Italian Marble Obelisks

Do you know someone who is always searching for a unique accessory for his or her home décor? Look no further than this pair of 19th century marble obelisks. An exotic cut of marble was used for these types, mixing a classic Rouge Royal color with a highly figured variety with deposits of orange and burgundy. Obelisks have an interesting place in our history, beginning with the Ancient Egyptians who inspired the Greeks to create their own. Obelisks are heralded in many cities around the world – think the Place de la Concord in Paris and the Washington Monument in Washington DC. Circa 1890, our obelisks are not quite so large, standing at 21.5” tall on a 4.75” square base. Each weighs about 10 pounds, allowing them to serve well as a conversations piece on a fireplace mantle, buffet or sideboard.

 

Click here to see more options for last minute holiday gifts. Or, feel free to give us a call at 800-860-0109 for suggestions.

 

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