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!

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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.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tribeza Interiors Tour

We were fortunate enough to attend the Tribeza Interiors Tour this past weekend and we were blown away by the beautiful design elements all throughout Austin. We live in a city rich with talent, and it was a fabulous experience to see how each designer has curated and showcased their vibrant style in different homes around the downtown area. From South Austin to Brykerwoods, we’ve gathered some of our favorite homes from the tour.

Featured Homes – Our Favorites

Mark Ashby Design

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Tilton Fenwick & Supply Showroom

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Merrilee McGehee Design

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Page Home Design

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N.Y. Harte Designs

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The best part of the tour? Finding Jean-Marc Fray pieces scattered throughout Austin from one home to the next!

You can have Jean-Marc Fray Antiques pieces in your home too! We’re excited to announce our winter sale – now offering up to 40% off. Limited time only, no holds. Cannot be combined with other offers. Discount valid only through jeanmarcfray.com.

A special thank you to Tribeza for throwing an incredible event, and for allowing us to cover it!

 

 

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Ceilings to Swoon Over

Dramatic ceilings and inspired lighting

It’s finally 2017, and we’re kicking up the drama. From dramatic lighting to case pieces – Jean-Marc Fray Antiques has it all. To support such exquisite works of art, we’re taking some time to appreciate dramatic ceilings anywhere from cathedrals and architectural wonders to simple apartments and hotels!

Geometric pops of color with brass details – we can’t get enough of this look at the Tilbury Hotel in Australia.

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A gorgeous gold leaf ceiling provides texture and glamour to any room – even this one going through apparent renovations!

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There’s something so warm and charming about an industrial space like the loft below. We especially love the scalloped brick details.

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A must-see on any trip to Paris, we’re always enamored by the Sainte Chapelle. A photo doesn’t do the sweeping details and gothic relics justice.

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What a grand ceiling – the perfect backdrop for our Murano glass chandeliers.

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More and more details! Jaw-dropping design, stark white and regal.

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If you’re looking for a way to amp up the drama in your own home, our gallery is the perfect place to start. We have some of the most unique, one-of-a-kind fixtures. Whether your ceiling is flat white or dynamic with wooden beams or stamped tiles – our chandeliers will compliment your space perfectly. Check out some of our current favorites below!

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Stay tuned to our emails and social channels to see our new arrivals each week!

 

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