The design of a piece of furniture must be as durable as the construction, for it to become an antique of tomorrow, because antiques are an important form of recycling.
Six Days Away from New York
Our soon-to-arrive container is en route from France and is brimming with many fabulous finds. Our buyers have been working overtime finding an awesome selection of unique antiques. We’re expecting credenzas, beds, chandeliers, club chairs, bookcases, desks—and more! As you can imagine, we’re eager to receive these long awaited goods. Our carpenters, upholsterers and photographer are ready to show off all these pieces online as soon as possible.
Here are a few of the pieces on their way to our showroom.
A stellar original mahogany c. 1810 Empire Period two-drawer console/sofa table with stunning marble top. The console also has a potboard underneath.
An original 1930s leather set with two club chairs and a two seat settee. It’s rare to come across an original three-piece suite that hasn’t been separated. And if you choose we can fabricate matching down filled leather seat cushions in lieu of the fabric.
This splendid Directoire Dining Suite includes a four drawer over four door buffet, glazed china cabinet, an oval table and at least seven chairs, including two with arms (not shown). It appears that this dining suite may in fact be a warm sun-bleached cherry wood, with brass decoration on the buffet doors. This could also look amazing in an old world hand applied ebonized finish.
We expect the ship to dock in New York on November 27th.
We’ll keep you posted as it moves closer toward Chicago.
Antiques and the related antique industry are commanding more of a center stage than ever before.
So at Old Plank, we researched and constructed an exciting and intriguing infographic that focuses on the similarities and differences between two popular antique-based television programs. With an insightful contrast between Pawn Stars and Antiques Roadshow, the following infographic will amaze you by demonstrating the sheer volume of antique aficionados that exist today.
How do we decide what to purchase?
Not all authentic antiques are in perfect condition at the time of purchase. They’ve been scuffed, bumped, sat in, sat on, scratched—inflictions commonly labeled as “patination.” Because of this, we often find these timeless pieces in different stages of disrepair. So how do we decide which items to buy when most of them are not showroom ready?
One of my mantras is that every room in your home should be used daily—the days of holding your living room hostage for company are over.
Sometimes it is impossible to find exactly what you are looking for and if you do find what you are looking for, it might not be the right size. When that happens, it’s time to contact us and we will make a custom piece for you in our on-site workshop.
Our artisans can copy just about anything and if you want it to look like an antique, our expert finishers can produce a truly authentic looking antique finish. We use only superior materials including kiln-dried aged oak, cherry and walnut. One of our clients purchased an antique French cherry corner cabinet, unfortunately she wanted two of them but that was no problem because our craftsmen were able to copy it exactly and the result was outstanding.
We also specialize in metalwork, our custom kitchen island is one of our most popular pieces, you will see it in many shapes and forms when you browse this category. Whatever you have in mind we can make it for you, let your creativity go wild!
Christmas comes several times a year at Old Plank. Container day brings the same excitement and anxiety to all of us who work here.
Everyone pitches in to help unload and sort through the treasure trove of beautiful, highly anticipated pieces of furniture. Once they are all in our 36,000-square-foot building, the unpacking and sorting begins. Each item is inspected and checked in. Then, pieces are either sent to our conservation shop, or in some cases just cleaned, polished, and put in our professional photography studio.
In the conservation shop each piece is looked over by our master craftsmen who decide how to conserve the integrity of the piece. Original finishes are masterfully kept, some are artfully conserved, or revived. Locks and keys are made to work. Drawer rails are sanded or replaced as necessary to ensure smooth operation and function.
Our pieces are an investment that is used in your home every day. Therefore we make sure they can keep up with a modern lifestyle.
All completed pieces then go into our photography studio. Each item is photographed at many different angles so our customers know exactly what they are getting. Any “character” marks are photographed as well. All the pictures are then loaded onto our website.
The final phase is the sale of a beautiful piece of furniture that will enhance your home as well as your life.
We expect our latest container to arrive in New York before Thanksgiving.
Less really is more. Common items are reinvented through creative placement in your home while unadorned spaces serve as frames in which to display your favorite pieces as visual art.