Classics Direct Reveal French Furniture as Proving to be the Investor’s Choice

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French furniture continues to prove itself a valuable investment and timeless design statement, according to Classics Direct, the UK's leading provider of high quality French furniture.

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With auction houses around the globe reporting record interest, the year ahead looks set to be the biggest yet for quality French furniture.

A spokesperson for Classics Direct said: "From 2007 to 2012, collectors spent more than $400 million on French style furniture through Sotheby's auction house.

“And we're seeing this trend continuing into 2013, with recent high dollar sales conducted by Christie's in New York and London. French furniture is very much the investor’s choice for this year."

The Christie's London sale, in December 2012, was of a Louis XV Ormolu Mounted Japanese Lacquer Bureau En Pente for £2,057,250, while in October at Christie's New York a Fine French Ormolu-Mounted Mahogany, Tulipwood, Sycamore And Stained Fruitwood Marquetry Bureau sold for $242,500.

The Bonhams New York gallery was also expecting huge interest in its January 2013 sale of 19th-century French furniture from the private collections of the Dalseme Family Trust and the Myers Estate.

This extensive collection will feature a satinwood vitrine cabinet by François Linke, an extraordinary cabinet-maker of the late 19th century.

Also of note is a set of 18th century Louis XV encoignures from Pierre Bernard, a renowned cabinetmaker to the king. The history of this set of delightful matching corner pieces includes a period in the possession of the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson at the Chateau de la Croë.

And while these historic French furniture pieces are priced out of reach for most consumers, it is still possible to take advantage of the French style furniture trend recently featured in the January/February 2013 issue of Lonny, an online interior design and home décor magazine.

French furniture UK is available from Classics Direct at prices to accommodate anyone's budget.
Stocking over 600 different pieces, it can also commission custom furniture pieces to the buyer’s own design specifications.

As well as decorating with French furniture, a quick way to add a French Provincial touch to a home is to change its colour palette to pastels for walls and upholstery and adding curvy wood pieces in wood and painted finishes.

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