Art Déco – Timeless & Elegant

The Art Déco period extended between the 20s and 40s of the last century and distinguishes itself by curved forms which were lightened up by geometrical and cubist elements. Inlay works and suitable designs refine the optics and form a dreamlike addition to your residential dreams. The wonderful Art Déco items offered by Masterpiece Antiques are perfect restored historical gems which are – on its account of diversity – well able to combine with any kind of interior style and let your living dreams come true. Most of the restored Art Deco items have their origin in the famous Austrian workshops where the creations with straight forms attracted big attention in the beginning of the 20th century. By following a strict procedure in selecting all items, Masterpiece Antiques remains faithful … Continue reading

Buying Antiques Made Easy

The world of antiques is a universe of its own that opens itself to an affine observer as soon as he engages with it. Especially potential buyers encounter a vast amount of information that is hard to sort out and leaves them unsure. The prices of many items are often in the higher range which means that the decision to buy should not be rushed. There are many risks when buying antique furnishings that you should definitely be aware of. Masterpiece-Antiques, active in the international antiques trade, spoke to the renowned Austrian restorer Alexander Kronstein, who talks about the most important aspects, tips and tricks which you as a buyer should take to heart. What should interested and potential buyers definitely pay attention to when buying antiques? It is most … Continue reading

Biedermeier Era Antique Furniture

Biedermeier furniture is functional, frequently blond, curvy and beautiful. It is pleasingly modern to our eyes but was never a singular design movement. Biedermeier furniture originally appeared in Austria and Germany at the conclusion of the bloody Napoleonic Wars, around 1815. Unlike overly stylized and stiff furniture made in other parts of Europe at the time, Biedermeier furniture was designed to accommodate the human form. Furnishings clearly designed for common daily activities such as writing or sewing abound. Furniture buyers sought the Wohninsel, or the home as the family’s living island. Early Biedermeier furnishings don’t take inspiration from the grandeur of Italian or French designs. Austrian craftsmen used local timber to reduce costs. Generous couches and chairs, tables, cabinets and chests invite owners to use and enjoy them. The Biedermeier theme … Continue reading