Above, antique pieces add to the exquisite air of Ferruccio Ferragamo’s home, as seen in Architectural Digest.
Antiques give every room a sense of history, but also make a statement. Of course, the antiques market goes through its own trends and buying habits. Right now, mid-century remains hot, but we’re seeing a renewed appreciation for the elegant forms of the 19th century. If you don’t have the time to go on the hunt at antiques shops, auctions, or flea markets this summer, take a peek at our antiques selection. These are just a few of our favorite antique pieces currently available from (or inspired by) the 19th century:
Why we love it: Surprisingly lifelike details distinguish this pristine bust. It’s an exquisite accessory for the study, home library, or traditional-style dining room.
Why we love it: An elegant wingback form adds a unique touch to a settee. We also love the details on the walnut frame, which depict leaf and shell motifs.
Why we love it: This period often is thought of as a time when heavier, ornate designs ruled — but that’s definitely not the case, especially when it comes to this rocking chair. It has a spare design that would fit right at home even in modern interiors.
Why we love it: Painted a dazzling shade of blue, this chest of drawers proves that antique pieces don’t have to be quite so serious.
Why we love it: This vintage mirror is a tad more recent, but it boasts the elegant forms of the Neoclassical era. Position this in an entryway above a slim console, or in the dining room over a great sideboard.
Why we love it: Crafted from cherry hardwood, this piece has a rich patina that will only look better with time. Its generously sized writing surface gives you plenty of room for creativity, and can comfortably accommodate a laptop with ease.
Why we love it: Dating back to the early 19th century, this chest has a timeless look that comes through the simple lines and the beautifully worn finish.
Why we love them: Part of Niermann Weeks’ private collection, these stunning accessories have exquisite detail. Position them on a desk or include them as part of a vignette on a coffee table.