Welcome to Mr. Beasley's Antiques antique furniture slide show page!
This is where we will post interesting information not only
regarding antique furniture in general but how the antique furniture
that was acquired directly from Mr. Beasley's Antiques was
incorporated into our customers homes and projects. We invite you to
read the posts and enjoy the in and outs of some of our experiences
as well as that of our customers.
exactly is Antique Furniture?
a true piece of antique furniture is only to be considered a genuine
piece of antique furniture if it is at least 100 years old. A piece
of Furniture that is less than 100 years old, but older than 20
years old is considered a vintage piece of furniture, and a piece of
furniture that is new or no more than 20 years old is considered a
new piece of furniture or a second hand piece of furniture. There
are very big differences between individual pieces of furniture that
were made in 1750, 1850, 1900, 1940, or 1980. Some of the major
differences between antique furniture and vintage furniture are the
materials that were used to construct the piece, the craftsmanship
of the piece, the availability of the piece, the maker or origin of
the piece, the quality of the piece, the beauty of the piece, and of
course the value of the piece. It takes a trained eye to spot the
difference between true antique furniture, vintage furniture, or
reproduction furniture. A educated appraiser will be able to tell
when a particular piece of antique furniture was made, the materials
it is made of, and where it was made. Some people will argue that
Antique furniture is out of style or that it is old junk... People
that think like this have not been exposed to neither quality or
culture! One could easily purchase beautiful antique furniture "at
times for less than a new piece of furniture," that not only has
lasted for over 100 years, but will last for generations to come! A
true piece of antique furniture is a piece of art, it's beauty,
value, and quality will last a life time. I am quite sure that you
are familiar with Ikea or Crate and Barrel, they are great places to
acquire what some would call disposal furniture. The reason why this
term has been coined is that new furniture tends to be very low
quality, it falls apart, and in a couple of years looks outdated.
Here is an example of 4 chairs, one is from Ikea, one is American
made vintage, one is from Crate and Barrel, and one is a hand carved
French antique. Ask yourself this question: Which chair will not
fall apart, will not go out of style, and will increase in value
A French Antique gate finds a new home!
Not to long ago we received an original hand forged iron gate at our
California warehouse that we found in the south of France and put it on our website. Most people would not even
notice the gate, thinking it was just a old piece of garbage that
needed to be sent to the dump! But Debby in Florida had a keen eye
for the unique hand crafted one of a kind item and contacted us
regarding the possibility of getting the gate restored for her. We
told her that this is not a problem because we have them restored
for our customers all of the time. After she had told us what she
wanted to use the gate for we contacted our good friend Eric who is
one of the best metal fabricators in California to find out if he
could restore the gate in order to make it work for Debby's needs.
Eric said no problem! Eric added the missing pieces, hinges, posts,
a latch, sand blasted, and powder coated the gate. As soon as Eric
finished with the restoration we shipped it off to Florida. We
received a call from Debby the day the gate arrived stating that the
gate was amazing, 100 times better than she imagine! Debby also told
us that she had contacted local craftsman in her area in order to
have a custom gate built, the quotes that she received were 60% more
than what it cost for her to buy the gate from Mr. Beasley's
Antiques, have it restored, and shipped to Florida, not to mention
that the local guys wanted to build her a gate out of aluminum which
would have rusted away in a year or two. Here is a picture of the
antique iron gate when we received it in California and few pictures
of the gate installed at Debby's house in Florida.
Antiques in the movies!
The very first feature film that antique furniture from Mr.
Beasley's Antiques was used in order to create an authentic set was
Buddy Buddy in 1980, which stared Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
From that day forward we were know as a premier source to the film
and television industry to find authentic antique items in order to
create the perfect set. We have had the privilege to work on
countless projects with some of the top set designers / decorators,
production companies, and producers in order to help them achieve
the creation of an authentic set which sets the background as well
as the tone for the entire production. Antique items that were
sourced from Mr. Beasley's Antiques have not only been used in
feature films, but many television shows, music videos, as well as
live theater. It has been an honor to help set the stage for such
talented people as: Johnny Deep, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Gore
Verbinski, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Janet Jackson, Michael
Jackson, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wild, Clint Eastwood,
Leonardo DiCaprio, Namoi Watts, Judi Dench, John Favreau, and
email from the very talented Whoopi Goldberg!
After receiving the items that Whoopi ordered from our warehouse in
California which we shipped to her gorgeous home on the east coast,
we received this email:
I got everything today!!!!
Happy, Happy, Happy!!!
Thank you so much
difference between a antique sideboard and a antique server?
Surprisingly this is a question we get asked all of the time.
Traditionally a server was a piece of furniture that would be placed
in the dining room, it had a flat surface that was used for serving,
by placing plates and dishes on the top in a buffet style. It was
common for a server to have drawers which were used to store such
things as flatware or linens, at times there were also cabinets that
were used for additional storage. The two are basically one and the
same, it boils down to a loose lipped French translation combined a
personal definition that is inherited. With todays usage and
definition they are both interchangeable, so a sideboard can be a
server and vise versa! In regards to todays placement and usage of a
antique sideboard or a antique server, it could be argued that they
are used for other purposes other than serving food. Many people
choose to drop 2 sinks in to the traditional server and use it as a
unique and custom bathroom vanity, others choose to use a sideboard
as an entry piece, yet others will use them as an entertainment
center by housing all the electrical components inside the drawers
and cabinets and place the flat screen on top. In regards to todays
use of decor there is no right or wrong way to use a sideboard, you
will use it where it is functional, this holds true with any piece
of antique furniture. Now there is a difference in regards to an
antique buffet which mainly stands on casters "thus making it
mobile", typically it has no drawers, and usually was used for the
sole purpose of serving.
Beasley's Antiques and the happiest place on earth!
Some of the most fulfilling projects that Mr. Beasley's Antiques has
been involved with are the countless times that we have been called
upon by the amazing group of imaginers at the Walt Disney Company.
They have always been able to count on us as a great source to find
that perfect piece of antique furniture or architectural element
which will help them bring the dream to life. We have been fortunate
to work with the great people at Disney Imagineering on various
projects over the years at both The Disneyland Resort in California
as well as Disney World in Florida. It gives us great satisfaction
knowing that items that have come from our company were incorporated
into the Disney Magic which is on display for countless numbers of
family's to enjoy! Authentic antique furniture pieces, antique
architectural elements, and countless antique collectibles that have
originated from Mr. Beasley's Antiques are on display every day at
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