Buy French Antiques and French Furniture at Brownrigg Interiors, antiques shop in Tetbury,
Brownrigg Interiors is one of the best antique shops outside London …. according to the Tattler
magazine. Brownrigg Interiors has been the subject of many press and magazine articles in
Britain such as the The World of Interiors, The Times, The Telegraph, Homes and Gardens and
Brownrigg Interiors and antiques shop is based at Tetbury in Gloucestershire, England with other
antiques and interiors showrooms in London and Petworth, West Sussex.
At Brownrigg Interiors, we specialize in French antiques and French Furniture and also offer a
good range of other antiques from Europe
Our French antiques are sourced from all over France and England… be it cities like London,
Paris, Limoges, Bristol, Rouen, Marseille, Tours and the Loire Valley region of France.
Antiques buyers in the UK are particularly keen on French antique tables of the refectory table
shape. French farmhouse tables or French refectory tables of fruitwood and other woods are
especially suited to the modern trend for abandoning the dining room in favour of larger dining
areas in the kitchen where the large kitchen dining tables used in France (French Farm house
tables) fit the requirement so perfectly. Types of wood used in French farm house tables varies
between the general description of fruitwood to cherry, walnut, pine and even rosewood.
Complimenting such large refectory tables can we obtained French breakfast tables, console
tables and other French occasional tables such as French marble top tables, round tables, sofa
tables, antique console tables and even French dressing tables.
Another very popular item is the French Armoire. These are large antique wardrobes or antique
cabinet, originally used for storing weapons but now used as bedroom antique wardrobes and
cupboards. Often these French Armoires are of walnut and with good carvings.
Another interesting item under the French Antique banner is the commode. Originally, in French
furniture, a commode introduced about 1700 meant a low cabinet, or chest of drawers at the
height of the dado rail. A commode, gilt-bronze mounts, was a piece of case furniture much
wider than it was high, raised on high or low legs and with or without enclosing drawers. The
piece of furniture would be provided with a marble slab top selected to match the marble of the
chimneypiece. A commode occupied a prominent position in the room for which it was intended:
it stood against the pier between the windows in which case it would often be surmounted by a
mirror glass. pair of identical commodes would flank the chimneypiece or occupy the centre of
each end wall.
Before the mid-eighteenth century the commode had become such a necessary commodity that it
might be made in menuiserie, of solid painted oak, or walnut or fruitwoods, with carved
decoration, typical of French provincial furniture.
In the English-speaking world, commode passed into London cabinet-makers' parlance by the
mid-eighteenth century, to describe chests of drawers with gracefully curved fronts, and
sometimes with shaped sides as well, perceived as being in the "French" taste. Thomas
Chippendale employed the term "French Commode Tables" to describe designs in The Cabinet-
Maker and Upholsterer's Director (1753).
(Interestingly, the term "commode" is also a rurally used colloquial synonym for a toilet in the
United States. This word was commonly heard in the 20th century but seems to be falling out of
favour and has become uncommon to rare)
Other French antiques on offer often include antique French chairs such as French antique chairs
like French armchairs,& French Fauteuil, French leather chairs and comfortable Louis XVI
chairs and sofas.
Our French antiques also include a variety of French cabinets and French bookcases together
with beautiful antique French mirrors and stunning antique French lamps.
At Brownrigg Interiors Antiques we offer a comprehensive antiques search service. Contact us if
you want us to search for a French Antique that you cannot find on our web site.
If you see an item you like on our web site please check it is at the correct showroom before
visiting one of our 3 antiques showrooms.
Check our web site for opening hours (Usually they are Monday to Saturday from 10.30 am -
Please contact me Jorge Perez at the following email firstname.lastname@example.org