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Neoclassical Furniture

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style: Neoclassical
Small French Directoire Cherry Secretary, Cherry Stained, Cream Leather Pad
Located in Landivy, FR
This Secretary is a handmade modernized interpretation of the French Directoire style at the end of the 18th century. This period is remarkable with its straight, classical and timel...
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2010s French Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood, Cherry, Lacquer

1960s Brass Side Table with Pine Cones Decor Attributed to Maison Jansen France
Located in London, GB
Small brass shelf or side table on wheels from the 1960s attributed to Maison Jansen The mount is made of good quality brass and topped with four decorative pine cones. The three ori...
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1960s French Vintage Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair Cast Iron Garden Urns on Stands
Located in Norwich, GB
Pair of small 20th century cast iron matching garden urns of Campana form. The urns stand on stepped plinth bases, with outward swept rims, and egg and dart decoration on fluted bod...
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20th Century European Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Iron

Pair, Maison Baguès French Sofa Tables Bronze & Mirrored Glass Top Neoclassical
Located in Miami, FL
Very elegant pair of bronze and mirrored glass top side tables by Maison Baguès. Neoclassical Design made in Paris France circa 1955. Raised on four black lacquered tapered legs ...
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1950s French Vintage Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Bronze, Steel, Brass

Round Pouf on Steel Metal Base with Faux Animal Skin and Self Welt at the Seat
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Lido Pouf is the fun younger sister to the Colle pouf shown in faux animal skin with a steel metal base - it can be used as an ottoman or pull up table and can be made custom to ...
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2010s American Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Steel

Classic Style Gilded and Ebonized Bench, Upholstered in Faux Zebra Cowhide
Located in San Francisco, CA
This ottoman was hand crafted in the Neo Classic Style, and is striking in it's simplicity and choice of finishes and material. In the visual arts the European movement called "...
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1990s American Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Cowhide, Wood

Pair of Baccarat “L’Enfant” Crystal Candelabras
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a pair of Baccarat “L’Enfant” clear/frosted crystal candelabras. They depict a fluted crystal round bases with stems shaped as a stand up almost nude “enfants” holding torchl...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Crystal

French Neoclassical Nicely-Carved Side Chest w/Lower Shelf, 19th C.
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French neoclassical style raised two-drawer side chest, with lower shelf, from the 19th century. This antique small-sized commode from France has a rectangular-shaped top with roun...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Wood

Portland Vase, Full Sized, Wedgwood, circa 1845
Located in Melbourne, AU
A full-sized Portland vase in cobalt jasper dip. This is the 'undraped' version, meaning it follows the original, rather than having draperies strategically placed. A superb exam...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Pottery

Oval Brass Bar Cart with Removable Top Tray and Bottles Holder by Maison Jansen
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This oval bar cart is made of brass. It has a removable top tray and bottles holder on bottom tray. This is a French work by Maison Jansen. Circa 1940.
Category

1940s French Vintage Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Brass

Maison Jansen Style Ovale Brass Bar Cart with Smoked Glass Shelves
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This unusual ovale bar cart is made of brass with bronzed glas shelves. This is a model attributed to famous French Designer Maison Jansen. Circa 1940.
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1940s French Vintage Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Brass

Grand Tour Neoclassical Column Architecture Bookend
Located in New York, NY
A substantial grand tour neoclassical Pantheon building facade style with column architecture bookend, circa early 20th century. Dimensions: 1.63" Diameter x 7" Width x 4.75" Height ...
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Iron

19th Century Wedgwood Casket
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality late 19th century gilded ormolu casket, having a Wedgwood porcelain plaque depicting a classical scene, two further silver plated embossed classical oval plaques.
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Late 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Ormolu

Oversized Cast Bronze Sconce in Quantity
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Sold as Pair! AA# 60149 Circa: 1920s Condition: Age consistent Finish: Original Origin: U.S.A Material: Bronze Dimensions: 16” depth x 10” wide x 18”height, 4” fitter...
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1920s American Vintage Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Neoclassical / Art Deco Style Glass Bowl Pendant Light Fixture, circa 1920
Located in San Francisco, CA
Neoclassical / Art Deco style cast glass bowl with solid brass hardware, hanging ceiling light fixture. Completely rewired and refurbished, ready to install. We can shorten the chai...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Brass

Antique Neoclassical Style Open Bookcase
Located in London, GB
A lovely antique neoclassical Empire style wood open bookcase, dating from around the 1930-50’s period. It has a reeded top edge and reeded tapered side columns, topped with gilt ...
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Early 20th Century English Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Wood

Antique Silver Footed Sweetmeat Dish by Hugo Bohm of Germany
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An antique footed sweetmeat dish in 800 silver with a clear insert of heavy glass by Hugo Böhm & Co. of Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, founded in 1887. The solid silver dish dates circ...
Category

Early 20th Century German Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Silver

Green Onyx Vase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Solid onyx vase. Lovely veining and color detail from greens to beiges and browns.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Onyx, Marble

Cast Bronze "Cambridge" 2 Candle Sconce by Lincoln Electric 5 Available
By Lincoln Lighting Company
Located in Minneapolis, MN
5 Available / sold individually AA# 60176 Circa: 1929 Condition: Age Consistent Material: cast bronze Finish: original gold & pewter wash Country of origin: USA Illuminati...
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1920s American Vintage Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Elegant Empire Style Burl Wood Tub Chair by Wm. Switzser, Vancouver
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A Burl wood frame with high back in a closed arm tub shape in sections and sloping arms. Raised on square tapering legs, splayed in back. Custom upholstered in a pale greige silk or ...
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20th Century Canadian Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Burl

Antique Italian Neoclassical Patinated Bronze Putti Jardiniere
Located in Forney, TX
A stylish and high-quality bronze neoclassical style sculpture in the form of a sophisticated standing winged putti (cherub-angel) holding a marble basin, dating to the early 20th ce...
Category

Early 20th Century Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Marble, Bronze

19th c. French Cello Musician's Armchair in Original Patina and Leather
Located in Wichita, KS
A French cello musician's armchair in time-worn original patina and leather. This rare 19th c. model was last owned by a musician who played his cello in this chair for 50 years. An ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood, Paint

Large Oval French 18th C Pierre de Borgogne Jardiniere
Located in Woodbury, CT
Hand-carved from Pierre de Bourgogne (Burgundy Stone) that is extremely hard and very heavy, this fine and large Neoclassical oval jardiniere dates to around 1790 and is in gorgeous ...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Stone

Monumental Swedish Neoclassical Hand Painted Dowry Chest
Located in Forney, TX
A magnificently decorated mid-19th century Swedish hand crafted and painted pine wedding dowry chest, dated 1855. This large and impressive chest features high quality craftsmans...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Pine, Paint

Vintage Brass Football Paperweight
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage brass American football paperweight or decorative sport memorabilia. Large and heavy. Great football sculpture in cast brass, football trophy gift for American football fan...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Brass

Superb Quality Russian Cobalt Blue Crystal Clear Rock Crystal Chandeliers
By Johan Zekh
Located in London, GB
Unique and Antique from Johan Zekh, this pair of beautiful cobalt blue crystal and rock crystal chandeliers hung on a bronze gilt frame are beautiful examples of the Russian Imperia...
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Mid-19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Crystal, Rock Crystal, Bronze

Large Italian Giltwood Bed Canopy 'Corona'
Located in Houston, TX
Large Italian giltwood bed canopy, or corona (also known in France as a ciel de lit), circa 1760-1780. Hand carved giltwood with painted detail decoration. Portion of reverse side is...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Wood, Giltwood

Fine French Bronze Marble Top Rams Head Louis XVI Gueridon Center Side Table
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Fine French Dore bronze & black marble top rams head Louis XVI Style Gueridon center / side table.
Category

Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Historistic Ceiling Lamp with Original Glass Shade, Around 1890s
Located in Wien, AT
Historistic ceiling lamp with original glass shade around 1890s. Brass polished and stove enamelled. Original glass shade. New wired.
Category

1890s Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Brass

Early Neo-Classical Style Carved Giltwood Italian Table Lamps, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
These are incredible! A pair of early neo-classical style carved giltwood table lamps with three swans on pawed bases. They have some general age wear but are otherwise in very good ...
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of French Neoclassical Style Gilt Bronze Sconces Having Classical Masks
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of French Neoclassical style gilt bronze sconces having classical masks. 19th C.
Category

19th Century Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Jewish Ritual Objet TOTEM
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jewish ritual objet Besamin TOTEM Silver spice tower Origin Germany Circa 1900 at its base it has the silver seals Possibly a flag missing 95 g of weight.
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Early 1900s German Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Silver

Classic Demilune Console, Rustic White
Located in Westwood, NJ
A Classic walnut stained demilune console table with a molded edge, three square tapered legs, and a shaped shelf stretcher base. Dimensions: 34" W x 16" D x 32.75" H.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Wood

Neoclassical Vanity Mirror
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A neoclassical vanity mirror. An arched mirror set in a beveled wooden frame is supported with two turned posts. Each post is topped with an acorn finial and secured to the base with...
Category

Early 20th Century Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Large Monumental 3-Tier 36-Light Italian Neoclassic Chandelier with Gold Leaf
Located in Casteren, NL
An exceptionally large 3-tier mid-century chandelier was made in Italy. This neo-classic chandelier was made from the best materials available. It is mostly gold leaf gilded and deco...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Crystal, Steel

Brass 4 Light Pan with Etched Shades and Center Bowl
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Lovely detail on this classic fixture. The etched shades feature a geometric floral pattern and each of the arms can be turned off separately from the main bowl. The beautiful organi...
Category

Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Brass

Neoclassicist Bronze Candelabra, End of the 19th Century
Located in Budapest, HU
Sophisticated, three headed cast bronze candelabra, with highly detailed chiseled parts- great condition.
Category

Late 19th Century Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Sleeping Baby Bronze by Charles Umlauf
By Charles Umlauf
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a stunning Sleeping Baby Bronze by Charles Umlauf. A Wonderful piece of contemporary American Sculpture by a famous American/Texas Sculptor. It features a dark bronz...
Category

20th Century American Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Ruby Red Glass Urns with Portraits, Bohemia, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Both pieces show remarkable similarities (both in the quality of the color of the glass and of the decoration and in the lines of the same ones) with Bohemian red glass urns, especia...
Category

19th Century Czech Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Glass

Neoclassical Black Noir de Mazy Antique Fireplace
Located in Oostvoorne, NL
Beautiful antique marble fireplace made of Noir de Mazy marble. The stateliness radiates from this wonderful fireplace in neoclassical style. The mantelpiece has been carefully disma...
Category

19th Century Belgian Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Belgian Black Marble

18th Century Neo Classical Painted Corner Cabinet
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorative 18th century neo-classical style painted corner cabinet. Great patina and hand painted images of a weapons and armor. An interesting piece!
Category

18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Wood

1940s Galvanized Metal Pan Ceiling Fixture w/ 5 Sockets and Brass Star Accents
Located in New York, NY
1940's five socket metal ceiling light with brass star accents. This American Classic style light measures 13" in diameter. Price includes restoration. This can be seen at our 400 Gi...
Category

1940s American Vintage Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pair Small Antique Black Classical Fluted Cast Iron Urns or Planters
Located in Stamford, CT
Small pair of antique classical fluted cast iron urns. Square base is 5.25 inches.
Category

1890s Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Iron

Pair of Sevres Hand Painted Turquoise Porcelain Lidded Urns
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a pair of Sevres hand painted porcelain turquoise lidded urns. Both of them are depicting in the front a sea shore fishermen scenes. In one, a group of fishermen are preparin...
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Arte Italica Octagonal Pewter Serving Tray
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large Vintage style Arte Italica Peltro Octagonal serving Tray with handles. Serve in style with this stunning pewter tray. The Arte Italica Peltro features a classic shape and ol...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Pewter

Pair of Antique Russian "Waterfall" Rock Crystal and Doré Bronze Candelabrum
Located in New York, NY
Pair of antique Russian rock crystal, doré bronze and white Carrara marble double light candelabrum in the form of a "waterfall." The candelabrum are adorned with antique hand polish...
Category

19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Crystal, Carrara Marble, Bronze

French 19th Century Neoclassical Style Bronze and Ormolu Lamp
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A striking and large scale French 19th century neo-classical st. patinated bronze, ormolu and faux painted Porphyry lamp. The lamp is raised by ormolu ball feet below a most decorati...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Brass Vanity Chair with Ivory Boucle Seat
Located in Chicago, IL
A vintage cast metal vanity or accent chair with a harp shaped back and a hand applied finish on the iron frame. The original fabric has been replaced with an Italian Ivory Boucle se...
Category

1950s North American Vintage Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Metal

2 Pairs of Neo-Classical Style Carved Greek Key and Acantus Leaf Design Wooden
Located in New York, NY
2 Pairs of Neo-Classical-style carved wooden wall shelves with demilune tops, with a notch-carved lip over a carved Greek key top border and decorative acanthus leaves. (PRICED PER P...
Category

20th Century Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Wood

Pair of George III Silver Wine Coasters
Located in London, GB
Pair of George III silver wine coasters with pierced and engraved neoclassical pierced and engraved decoration and fine beaded borders. This attractive pair has its original turned w...
Category

1780s English Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Sterling Silver

Val Saint Lambert Cranberry Decanter with Cut Cameo Gold Neoclassical Figures
Located in Boston, MA
This is an exceptional and rare Val Saint Lambert cranberry decanter decorated with gold cameo cut neoclassical figures. You can see the detail of all the gold cameo cut figures that...
Category

1920s Belgian Vintage Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Crystal

Pair of English Neoclassical Style Cast Iron Garden Urns
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Matched large pair of English cast iron garden urns or jardinière planters styled in the neoclassical taste. The pair feature large handles on the sides and each is mounted to a squa...
Category

20th Century English Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Iron

Set of Five Brown Jordan Florentine Aluminum Counter Barstools
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Classic set of five aluminum counter height bar stools designed by Brown Jordan from their Florentine collection. Crafted from wrought aluminum with a dark jade green anodized finish...
Category

20th Century American Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

French 19th Century Neo-Classical St. Mahogany, Ebony and Ormolu Floor Lamp
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant French 19th century neo-classical st. mahogany, ebony, and ormolu floor lamp. The lamp is raised by three fine ball feet below the decorative triangular shaped base with c...
Category

19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Ormolu

Pair of Marble Vase Lamps
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of neoclassical style marble vase shaped lamps. Shades not included. Please note of wear consistent with age including minor chips and discoloration.
Category

Late 20th Century Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Marble

Vintage Italian Oval Painted Side Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Place this elegant side table next to a chair of sofa. Crafted in Italy circa 2000, the small colorful occasional table stands on a trestle base connected with a stretcher at the bas...
Category

Early 2000s Italian Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Wood

Modern Queen Sized Iron Bed
Located in Sarasota, FL
Modern queen sized iron bed finished in black. Linens can come with the bed but not the mattress, due to regulations.
Category

1990s American Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Iron

Italian 1930s Venetian Murano Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Italian 1930s Venetian Murano attributed to Fontana Arte chandelier with round shade etched with neoclassic designs and frosted glass and chrome section and stem (designed by Gio Pon...
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Furniture

Materials

Chrome

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