French styling always turns heads, whether it is applied in the worlds of fashion, cuisine, painting or design. In the domain of antique furniture and interiors, French styling is undeniably one of the leading modes - attracting passion, interest and high market value.
The arrival, in Britain, of the French Huguenots in the early 1700s perhaps sparked the initial British desire for French design. This intense interest continued and has increased over the years. French antique furniture has now become an integral part of the elegant British interior.
Collectable French antiques cover a number of centuries, from the early days of rococo (a mixture of the French rocaille style – based on the natural curvature of marine shells – and the opulent decorative style of Italian baroque) through twentieth century art deco to the more recent trends in the rustic French country antiques.
Always a distinct combination of elegance and functionality, French antiques are easily placed in any interior setting, adding stylistic detail and decoration as well as high quality materials and craftsmanship.
One of London’s most highly regarded specialists in French antiques has to be Cox Interiors of Little Venice, Maida Vale. With a specific interest in French and Italian country antiques and decorative pieces, Cox Interiors source items whilst on buying trips to France, Italy and the continent.
Included in the collection are a range of unique antique crystal chandeliers, mirrors, paintings, prints and beautifully glazed earthenware confit pots.