Thursday, March 30, 2017

History of the Chair

History Series – An Evolution in Seating

This week, we’re talking the history of the chair. If you focus in on the details of the chair you’re sitting in right now, you may be able to see the trends in architecture, design, style, culture and society. Because we’re in the business of antiques, we find it fascinating that every chair we bring into our showroom has a story and a soul. Was it a chair that was used for working, does it hold the stories of Christmases and Thanksgivings, of ancient rulers or simpler family times? It’s incredible to think that each chair belonged to someone before us, and probably someone else before that! And now, these chairs have the opportunity to belong to someone new, all over again.

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The earliest record of chairs appeared in ancient Egyptian tomb paintings. History tells us that chairs were a sign of wealth. We love to see the difference in chairs between then and now, but there are some things that haven’t changed. All chairs need legs, a back, sometimes arms, and of course, a seat – and though the shape, materials, and fabrics constantly change, one thing remains the same: chairs are a constant in every practical and well-designed space.

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Fan Favorite: The Klismos Chair

Originating in Greece, the Klismos chair has been around for centuries. With it’s enduring design, it’s compelling to see the different interpretations of the Klismos chair throughout the ages. Notice in the image below that despite history, the Klismos chair continues to showcase the stylistic comfort and proportion of classic antiquity. A timeless style, and one you’ll find in our showroom quite often!

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To learn more about the history of the chair, stay tuned to our website, and be sure to stop by the gallery to see our current seating collection!

Posted by Arielle Olfers at 09:24:14 AM
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Our Travels – Spring Break Series

Our European Travels

Working in the antiques industry is an amazing way to see the world. Our travels take us all over the globe sourcing the best pieces we can find, but our favorite place to return to while vacationing or searching for new pieces are Nice, France, Venice, Italy and Ventimiglia in Northern Italy.

Since March is the month of Spring break, we’re sharing some tidbits from our our travels. Enjoy!


Produce from local markets available in this part of the world is a cut above the rest. Walking around these markets in the early morning is one of our favorite pastimes.

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Who doesn’t love indulging in local flavors during vacation? Pictured: the famous San Remo Linguini with Clams – our mouth is watering as we type…

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A delightful and vibrant salad.

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Our favorite dish – Octopus galore!

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This is where the magic happens – in the local flea markets. We find some of the best pieces, with the most incredible stories in the heart of the Cours Saleya Market in Nice. Jean-Marc grew up spending his weekends at this market unearthing items that spoke to him. Needless to say, this is a must-see if you ever find yourself in Nice!

Read more about Jean-Marc’s passion in the about section of our website!

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And after a day of shopping and adventuring, there is nothing like the reprieve you feel while relaxing at the beach. We love the simplicity of European beaches and any time we’re able to spend by the water.

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At the end of the day (as always), the best part of any time spent traveling is the time we get to spend with our family. We love this photo of Jean-Noel and Juliette!

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We hope you’re able to take a moment to relax during the Spring break season – whether you’re traveling or having a stay-cation!

 

Posted by Arielle Olfers at 10:23:36 PM
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Glass Favorites of the Moment

Glass Favorites

Now that it’s February, we’re in the mood to talk about things we love. We are proud to have a high quality, unique offering of glass (and especially Murano glass) pieces in our showroom, and online. Jean-Marc and Jean-Noel travel all over Europe seeking out the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces they can find. And if you ask, they can probably tell you a story about each piece – where they found it, who owned it, intricate details about the different patterns and colors in the glass…the list goes on. We believe that when planning a design in your home, you want to source pieces that can be more than aesthetically pleasing. You want a conversation piece, something with a story or something that draws guests into the room. We’re very proud that our glass lighting and accessories have refined, historic elegance and have stood the test of time – making a definite decorative impact in any modern home. Check out some of our glass favorites below!

Large Stamped Murano Glass Lantern

This striking fixture catches the light through the stamped and textured Murano glass panes. We love the luminous aura and chevron designs! This piece exudes high quality and sophistication and will completely redefine any space.

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Murano Glass “Avventurina” Gold Table Lamps

23 karat gold flecks make this pair of handblown Murano glass table lamps shimmer in appearance (”Avventurina” process).

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Blue and Amber Art Deco Murano Glass Bowl

This handblown Art Deco Murano glass bowl is stunning in light amber, aquamarine blue, and a clear base. This one-of-a-kind piece is beautifully transparent and of the highest quality.

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“Pulegoso” Murano Glass Vases

We adore this new three vase set made of handblown Murano glass. Each vase has a mercury lining, giving it a reflective green hue. The Pulegoso technique enhances the colors, leaving various sized bubbles in the glass. These vases are made by Alberto Donà.

 

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Wavy “Avventurina” Murano Glass Bowl Set

More “Avventurina” pieces in our gallery right now! Beautiful hand-blown Murano glass bowls with a shimmering hue. These bowls feature wavy edges and have an organic air to them. The shimmery appearance comes from the 23-karat gold flecks in the clear glass (hence the term “Avventurina”).

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Empire Style French Antique Crystal Chandelier

A new arrival you can’t pass up – this Empire style crystal chandelier with a gilt brass, embossed structure  features a lovely array of detailed cut crystals. Purchased in France – we think this piece would be excellent in a master bedroom, bathroom or entry.

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These are only a select few of our latest new glass arrivals right now! We have a beautiful collection and can guarantee you will find something perfect for your home or project. To see more of our beautiful glass products, visit our website here.

Posted by Arielle Olfers at 10:54:10 AM
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Joel Mozersky – Austin Designer Spotlight

Joel Mozersky’s latest project

You may recognize this designer from a variety of projects around Texas. He’s unafraid to push the envelope and it’s evident in many of the projects he’s completed over the years – including the likes of Uchi, DownHouse, La Condesa, Taco Deli Westlake,  Juliet and more. Joel Mozersky is one of the top names in the Austin design community.

His most recent project is the one we’ve had our eyes on. Down the road from our gallery sits a historic mansion near the corner of West Lynn and West 6th. With just over 8,000 square feet, the project was a large undertaking and no detail was left behind. As obvious lovers of history, it’s no surprise that the Jean-Marc Fray team has been admiring this project from afar over the last year. From the grand entry and parlor room to the extravagant master bed and bath, the home is dripping in luxury craftsmanship and decor. We’re just excited the photos have finally been released so we can share with you!

To learn more about Joel Mozersky Design, visit their website or check out this article.

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All photos sourced from Joel Mozersky Design. Photos by Shade Degges Photography.

Our favorite aspects of this home are the beautiful original hardwoods that have been restored, the beautiful vintage lighting and brass elements surrounding the entire dwelling.

Are you working on an upcoming design project? Or looking to enhance your home with vintage pieces? Check out our winter sale (ending soon!) to receive up to 40% off one-of-a-kind vintage lighting, Murano glass, vintage leather, and more! Sale only available directly through Jean-Marc Fray Antiques. No holds. Cannot be combined with other offers. Limited time only.

 

Posted by Arielle Olfers at 09:44:00 PM
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