Collecting antiques is all down to individual choice. However collecting antique furniture is a little different. Of course, you can still sit and look at your latest acquisition and enjoy it, but these are antiques that you live with and use. It would be unusual (and unaffordable for most) to build up a collection of French 18th century commodes and there certainly would not be the room for two or three large break fronted antique bookcases in the average home. Antique furniture can be viewed, but it is also there to be sat on, sat around, at times slept on and used for storage. When you buy a piece of antique furniture it becomes part of the home.
There are antique pieces of furniture to suit every part of a house. The best examples however would be for the drawing or sitting room where some of the best 18th and 19th century furniture was designed to be. Chippendale designed some robust and lavishly upholstered settees with cabriole legs which were also revived during Victoria’s reign and would still provide stylish and serviceable furniture today. Victorian wing chairs can still be found easily and are very comfortable to sit in. Antique desks and bureau bookcases again both period and revival for writing on and displaying books although the latter can be too tall for modern sitting rooms. There are also any number of small, medium and large sized antique tables that would suit occasional and dining use, plus sets of dining chairs representative of all the well known 18th century cabinet makers that are well constructed and have stood the test of time.
Anyone interested in furnishing their house with antique tables, chairs or antique bookcases in Lancashire , Cumbria or the surrounding areas should see a reputable antiques dealer who will be able to advise on their functionality within the home.
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