Category Archives: Antiques

The Victorian Silver Tea Set

27 Sep 2015 › Posted by Schweitzerlinen

A Brief History of English Teatime Tradition

Being half British, every day at four o’clock in the afternoon at Granny and Grandpa’s house, tea was served. This was not simply a mug of tea with a bag on a string. We are talking serious tea, carried into the living room by Grandpa, on an antique silver tray. Piping hot tea in a gorgeous antique silver teapot (Victorian of course), rich cream in a matching creamer, sugar cubes (ok this was a nod to convenience) in an ornate silver sugar bowl with an antique silver spoon, and of course, a silver strainer to pour the tea through into our porcelain tea cups, were all presented on a gorgeous silver footed tray. Naturally, biscuits (cookies really) were served with “Tea”. (No wonder I was a little rounder then!) This tradition made an indelible mark and gave me an appreciation and love for these stunning silver tea sets and the joy of family tea time.

My beloved grandparents gave me a beautiful antique tea set as a wedding gift, dating from 1896. This gorgeous set is displayed in my dining room, ready for tea time when my parents visit. Otherwise it sits proudly as silver sculpture, a historic and beautiful set, handcrafted by skilled silversmiths. This is truly one of my prized possessions. I wondered why Brits love tea and how tea-time tradition evolved.

This elegant tea time trend and refinement in silver-smithing was a perfect marriage which resulted in the design and development of gorgeous tea services. Schweitzer Linen has a stunning Tea Set available from this era. The ornate feet, swirling motifs and detailed handles and tops are beautiful examples of the high level of artisans of the era. These pieces present themselves as works of art and should also be used to bring the family together to enjoy afternoon Tea.

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A Love Affair with Wood:  The Fine Art of Marquetry

10 Sep 2015 › Posted by Schweitzer Linen

I’m sure you have all seen amazingly detailed depictions of flowers, leaves, animals and landscapes on fine antique wood furniture that is entirely rendered in wood. This is the art of Marquetry, or “Painting in Wood” which is the partial or full coverage of a surface of a board or furniture with veneer in the form of a skillfully applied design. (This is different from Inlay, which is the insertion of thin pieces of contrasting wood veneer, ivory, brass, copper, or tortoiseshell into a solid wood background.) For some fine examples of marquetry on beautiful (and available!) antique furniture see below for Schweitzer Linen’s five drawer desk (front and back) and Walnut Secretaire. Notice the details!

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The Exciting Mix of Antique with Modern

03 Sep 2015 › Posted by Schweitzer Linen

You may want to avoid the matchy-matchy look when decorating your home solely with antique furniture and accessories. Rather than dominating a room with antique pieces, a more effective and exciting look can be achieved by coordinating rich beautiful antique heirloom quality pieces with modern decor. Decorating a room with different furniture styles, colors, and patterns is exciting and fresh — and all you might need is a little bit of inspiration to pull it off. Here are some great interior design ideas for mixing antique and modern designs so that your space looks fresh, contemporary and individualistic. Placing antique furniture in non-traditional spaces and for different end uses in another fresh way to decorate.
Use an antique vitrine in the bathroom for your towels, soaps and decorative items such as candles, sachets and necessity filled straw boxes. Traditionally a dining room fixture, this useful piece can add an unexpected beautiful element and well needed storage typically left to closets and under sinks. This image shows how placing a piece of furniture in a non-traditional place can be refreshing, modern and creative.

photo credit: Paolo Moschino

photo credit: Paolo Moschino

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