My Country Farmhouse – Florentine

One of the perks of my job as a buyer is getting to go antique shopping.  Lately I’ve been shopping for very elegant items; Limoges gold rimmed dish sets, silver trays and tea services, cutlery and a new item I had never heard of, Florentine Trays.

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Florentine is made in Florence Italy and is a centuries-old tradition. Florentine style typically reflects a contemporary interpretation of Renaissance art and furnishings.  It is usually done on wood (furniture, frames, trays) and it is quite often gold with a hint of colour and pattern.  The trays can be any shape or size.

During my hunt I found a couple of jewel boxes. The red one is a music box that still works.  The interiors are lined with brightly coloured felt.

While shopping at Around the Block in Toronto I came across a night stand that is Florentine.  In the right room this little night stand could look really pretty.

When I was shopping in Orono Ontario I found a little Florentine tray and coaster set.  When comparing this set to the others it actually feels a little more like a plastic product than the wood I usually see.  For the price of $11 for all 6 pieces I decided to take it with me.  This will be used outdoors during the summer next year.

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If you decide you like Florentine here are some ideas of how people use it:

And I found a chart with the names of the Florentine styles online.  Now you can sound like a pro when you’re out shopping for them.

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Happy shopping!!!

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