Lancashire is a long way from the antiques malls of New York, but you can still pay a virtual visit with the New York Times, which regularly has pages available to read online. On 5th April, it featured an interview with antique restorer Christophe Poumy, who confessed a love of antique chests.
Mr Poumy now lives in New York, but his original home was the South of France, where he learnt the art of antique Restoration from his father, who had a furniture restoration studio. He set up his Brooklyn business in 1995, Restoring antique desks, open bookcases and other fine furniture. Naming some of New York’s top interior designers among his clients, Christophe has also developed a range of natural furniture “tonics.” He even custom-makes new furniture, but confesses a particular love of antique chests, which he says symbolises all that is best about an heirloom piece.
From Greenwich Village to the Ribble Valley, the antique chest-of-drawers was the place where people stored their most precious possessions. As time went on the furniture often became more valuable than what was inside. To prove his point, Christophe visited the dealers of New York’s chic Upper East Side, where a beautiful mid-18th century Italian chest-of-drawers caught his eye. A beautiful piece of antique marquetry furniture , it had a staggering price tag of $68,000. However, a chinoiserie William and Mary-style antique chest was ten times less expensive, and had timeless appeal.
If you are in the market for antique chests in Lancashire , a good Ribble Valley or Preston antique dealer will be able to show you a selection.
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