Antique Belgium Furniture
For antique Belgium furniture we shall start around 1831, as this is when Belgium became a separate country.
Before that you will see antique furniture from this area referred to as from The Low Countries.
Around 1830, the Empire Style which had been most popular disappeared and antique Belgium furniture gave way to heavily carved Neo-Gothic featured furniture in Oak.
The Rococo revival came eventually in the late 70's and 80's along with a Louis XV revival using black lacquer.
Many home carvers were at work by the 1880s and large sideboards were made up using old wood (sometimes 17th century plain furniture) and carved in the Jacobean style.
Furniture of Belgium was mostly oak
These large oak pieces of furniture, chests, cupboards, tables, chairs and sideboards - covered with lions heads, barley twist and all sorts of carving can be found in prolific numbers.
It was the fashion here in Germany to strip and lighten them. Thank goodness that seems to have stopped and the original dark oak pieces are back in vogue.
The Sideboard in the picture is relatively plain compared to some. It is Oak and features the original glass doors as well as the dark polish.
It dates around 1890.
Many of these sideboards are now missing the middle piece, often featuring a gallery to display plates.
This is because many are very tall and fit into the modern home more easily without the middle piece.
It is also unusual to find ones with the original glass, this is because the antique dealers don't want to spend the money on repairs to the lead or 'tiffany' doors and also because people here in Europe like things a little lighter and the coloured glass is often dark.
The antique pine cupboard pictured below is rather unusual.
I have put it in here to show how difficult it is to place some pieces of Belgium furniture.
It could be French - but the form and compactness make me think it is Belgian.
It is very heavy and the carvings are wood and not plaster which one often finds.
This cupboard had many layers of paint on it and took quite a lot of work to strip it - but the result was worth it.
These painted pieces of antique furniture are often put together with many types of wood - which was normal - due to the fact the wood was not to be seen.
It probably had rings in the lions mouths, otherwise the fittings are all as I found it. It dates around 1880.
Art Nouveau came into popularity around 1890.