Elegant and beautiful, with a dignified opulence, this style of decor is a wonderful choice for those who enjoy comfortable but ornate decor with rich colors and surface embellishments. It is named after the Renaissance era that emerged in Italy in the 15th century, focusing on the classical arts of ancient Rome and Greece. The look flourished again in 19th century France, when the newly prosperous middle class was eager to buy large, ornate and heavily carved furniture. Some extraordinary antique furniture emerged from this Renaissance Revival era, and we are delighted to import these pieces dating to the late 1800s and early 1900s from Europe.
The furniture is handsomely carved with classical motifs such as scrollwork, columns, arches, arabesques, flourishes, and mythical symbols including cherubs and gargoyle-like faces.
The Renaissance Henry II style is very regal, with a great emphasis on classical symmetry in the carved arches and columns, stately pediments and attractive finials.
Antique French buffets or servers in the Henry II style are often crafted in beautiful oak or walnut wood, which has gained a rich patina from more than a century of age. The typical buffet will boast spindled galleries to serve as plate racks, often with bas-relief figures or scenes on the doors.
Within this Renaissance Revival era, you also find antique French Hunting furniture, a style originally designed to furnish royal hunting lodges and chateaux. These typically feature carved wild animals that you might see on the hunt, game birds and fish, mythical creatures such as griffins, and lavish foliage with fruits, flowers, leaves, vines and grapes. Our customers love this hand-carved furniture as it adds great character to a home.
Mechelen antique furniture is the heavily-carved Flemish version of French Hunting Style, named for the city of Mechelen in Belgium. Pieces are adorned with carvings of splendid lion heads, human faces and figurines. The rustic style looks impressive in buffets and cabinets, sometimes featuring stained glass doors.