MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE

259 Condamine Street, Manly Vale,
Sydney, NSW 2093, Australia
Telephone : (02) 99497392 ABN 79003391179


FURNITURE INDEX

A WORD ABOUT OUR QUALITY ANTIQUE FURNITURE
(and please don't call it Brown Furniture to me!)

I am on a one woman campaign to kill off, once and for all, the stupid and totally inaccurate term ‘Brown Furniture’ often used today (and by people
who should know better) when referring to dark timbered antique furniture.

This derogatory term was most likely started by high-end antique dealers when describing the post World War II furniture of the mid 20th century.
Because of the war, timber was in short supply so the cabinet makers of the day often had to use whatever timber they could get their hands on for the outside
of the furniture they were making and used masonite etc for the sections like the back and the drawer sides and bases and all the areas that didn’t matter as much.
They then put an opaque mahogany coloured brown stain all over it to cover up any discrepancies’ in the timbers or veneers to create a more uniform finish.
It was because of the almost brown painted effect from this opaque stain that it was subsequently referred to as ‘Brown Furniture’.

In my opinion these guys did the best they could under the circumstances and their furniture still turns up occasionally to this day so it was sturdily made
in reality did the job it was built for and has stood the test of time to boot.

But now, somehow, this Brown Furniture nonsense term has been attached to any piece of antique furniture that is made in a dark timber
– even for timbers like Cuban Mahogany, Australian Cedar and Brazilian Rosewood.
Timbers that are now so rare that they are listed in the Cites Act of 1975 for the Protection of Endangered Species ( just like elephant ivory & rhino horn)
and these magnificent examples of the Cabinet Makers art are being sniffed at and referred to as ‘Brown Furniture’ – it is totally bizarre.

Lets face it, no one would walk into someone’s house after they had just paid a huge sum of money to have hardwood flooring laid down and say,
“Love your Brown floors” - it just doesn’t make sense and neither does it when referring to solid antique timber furniture.


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VINTAGE
HOLLYWOOD REGENCY
GILT METAL TABLE

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HOLLYWOOD REGENCY
GILT METAL
WALL MIRROR

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STUNNING
PARIS DESIGNER
FRENCH EMPIRE BUFFET

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WONDERFUL CARVED
OVERMANTLE MIRROR

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ICONIC AUSTRALIAN
KAURI, BLACKWOOD & CEDAR
KITCHEN TABLE

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SET OF SIX
ADMIRALTY BACKED
DINING CHAIRS

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19th CENTURY
AUSTRIAN WALNUT
SERVER SIDEBOARD

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VICTORIAN SCOTTISH
MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS

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EARLY 20TH CENTURY
AUSTRALIAN BLACKWOOD
TWO-HEIGHT BOOKCASE

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RETRO SEAT OF 8
STACKING SEBEL CHAIRS

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18TH CENTURY
CHINESE TRAVELLING
FOOD OR WEDDING BOX

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OLD CRATES AND BOXES
ALWAYS IN STOCK

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THE BEST
PERIOD ART NOUVEAU
MARJORELLE STYLE
HALL STAND

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THE BEST
PERIOD ART NOUVEAU
MARJORELLE STYLE
HALL SEAT

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LOVELY RUSTIC
AUSTRALIAN CEDAR
CHEST OF DRAWERS
FULL OF CHARACTER

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GROUP SHOT OF SOME
OF OUR STUNNING
ANTIQUE FURNITURE

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AUSTRALIAN
FADED CEDAR
DINING TABLE
C.1960

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FRENCH EMPIRE STYLE
MARBLE TOPPED SIDEBOARD

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EARLY 18TH CENTURY
FRENCH ARMCHAIR
Os de Mouton Fauteuil

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FRENCH LOUIS XVI
MARBLE TOPPED
OCCASIONAL TABLE

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MID VICTORIAN
ROSEWOOD & MARBLE
CREDENZA

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GENUINE CZECH
BENTWOOD HALL TREE
MID 20TH C

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ANTIQUE LADIES
WRITING DESK

ON STAND

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RUSTIC
EDWARDIAN PIN
MARBLE TOPPED
WASHSTAND

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JACOBEAN STYLE
ENGLISH OAK
COURT CUPBOARD

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RARE SET OF 6
LATE REGENCY
HAND PAINTED RAIL BACK
DINING CHAIRS

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GEORGE III
WELSH OAK DRESSER

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ANTIQUE PINE
KITCHEN DRESSER

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HUGE FIJIAN
KAVA BOWL
ON LEGS
as found

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HUGE & IMPRESSIVE
FRENCH PROVINCIAL
PAINTED DRESSER

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GROUPING OF SOME
OF OUR LOVELY ITEMS
CURRENTLY IN STOCK

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ANTIQUE
PINE & MAHOGANY
LANCASHIRE DRESSER

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FRENCH LOUIS XV
STYLE FAUTEUIL ARMCHAIR

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GENERAL VIEW OF
ONE SMALL AREA
OF THIS HUGE CENTRE

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VICTORIAN
MAHOGANY
DRESSING TABLE

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ANTIQUE
JARRAH & CEDAR KITCHEN
DINING TABLE

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AMERICAN ANSONIA
COTTAGE CLOCK
WITH ALARM

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ENGLISH OAK
CHURCH PULPIT

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ANTIQUE
FRENCH LOUIS XVI

GILT SIDE CHAIR

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