According to antique expert Stephen Hazell, some of the best French antiques are available from antique dealers in Britain.
Hazell told The Yorkshire Post that the French prefer IKEA furniture to antique items in their homes. He and his partner have a second home located in the Pyrenees, and when they are in France, they travel across the country, clearing homes of antiques and shipping them back to Britain.
People in France tend to stay in a home for life and pass down antiques to their children, who often do not appreciate the items and want them to be cleared. Hazell said:
“Antique furniture that has been in the same family for generations, even centuries, is being cleared wholesale and there’s a fairly plentiful supply if you know where to look.”
House clearances in the UK commonly include items from the 1950s and 60s. In France, it is likely to find antique furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Hazell added that British buyers want antiques that are attractive but practical, and that French antiques are popular in the UK because they are both fashionable and comfortable. In particular, French armchairs look appealing, but are also extremely comfortable to sit on.
Antique enthusiasts in the UK do not need to travel to France to discover a vast selection of quality French antique furniture. For those in search of a French ormolu mounted cabinet, vitrine or table, fine examples can be sourced from Lancashire dealers.
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