ANTICUARIUM is a company, specializing in the sale of antique furniture of the 17th, 18th 19th up to early 20th century, predominantly English. Our collections are displayed in warehouses and not in retail stores. This gives us the advantage of being able to offer affordable prices. Most of our customers are antique dealers and decorators as well as the general public. Our warehouses are located in Santander Spain, USA, UK and Mexico. Most of our pieces come from direct purchases in Europe, one piece at a time.
Our experience spans 30 years of apprenticeship under the best in the field, studying, acquiring and selling antiques both in Europe and the US. We still get excited by each purchase, as if it were a new discovery of old treasure. The idea of acquiring a fine piece of furniture is just as thrilling to us now, as our very first acquisition 30 years ago.
Our first impulse to start this company, even before thinking about profits, was our love for these wonderful pieces of furniture, which we consider serious works of art. They are a combination of architecture, sculpture and craftsmanship, virtually irreplaceable today, due to the scarcity of noble woods and materials as well as lack of training and skills for their design and execution. A fine piece of antique furniture represents a piece of sculpture that is not only admired but also used and enjoyed, by us and by future generations. A fine piece of antique furniture enriches our lives. It makes our home or business a more agreeable place to live. It is a feeling that can not be described, only experienced.
Man has tried to surround himself with beautiful art since prehistoric times, as a signal that his society was advancing, reaching higher levels of prosperity, freedom of thought and sophistication. However, the 17th, 18th, 19th and beginning of 20th century were exceptional periods in history when most important pieces of furniture were created. In the most prosperous countries of Europe and the US, master furniture creators reached levels of sophistication and mastery equal to those of great sculptors and painters. In England, France, Holland, Germany and the US, masterpieces of furniture combined the best of architecture, sculpture and craftsmanship that had not been seen before. The finest in design and materials were used, to give such great aesthetic impact that to this day their artistic qualities are felt by both expert and unsophisticated viewers.
The great French architect Le Corbusier once said: “Creation is a patient search”. Discovering the fine points of antique furniture is entering a marvelous world of harmonious proportions, graceful volumes, magnificent surfaces and beautiful textures that is definitely worth “a patient search”. After all, the way we shape our environment says a lot About Us.