Col­lectable cat­e­gories

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Euro­pean an­tiques

Queen Anne, Chip­pen­dale, fed­eral style, colo­nial re­vival, Vic­to­rian, Gothic re­vival, ro­coco re­vival ajmd Louis XV are just some of the recog­nised Euro­pean de­sign eras.

Early Aus­traliana

Given our pop­u­la­tion was so small, any items made in Aus­tralia be­fore the 1850s are rare and im­por­tant rem­nants of Aus­tralia’s early colo­nial pe­riod and are highly col­lectable. Pieces were usu­ally be­spoke, though based on English Ge­or­gian de­sign­ers with most items made of cedar, or black­wood to imi­tate ma­hogany.

Art nou­veau

flour­ished be­tween about 1890 and 1910 through­out Europe, the US and Aus­tralia. It is char­ac­terised by its use of flow­ing or­ganic lines and was preva­lent in art, ar­chi­tec­ture, fur­ni­ture and decor.

Art deco

orig­i­nated in the 1920s and de­vel­oped into a ma­jor style dur­ing the 1930s. Art deco lines are an­gu­lar, clean, sleek and more mas­cu­line com­pared to the pre­ced­ing era of art nou­veau.

Mid-cen­tury mod­ern

Hugely pop­u­lar among con­tem­po­rary col­lec­tors, this era boasts the de­sign ge­nius of Eames and Hey­wood as well as Dan­ish de­signs and in­flu­ence.


By def­i­ni­tion any­thing retro is drawn from the re­cent past. In our era, that past would in­clude the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

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