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ABOVE: A Victorian style bed. The Tuscay from Hyder Living priced £225.00.


BELOW: A good quality and well made Louis style headboard. Available in 3’ single, 4’6”double, 5’king and 6’ queen, and can be painted in your preferred colour choice. Available from Swans of Oakham.


be 5’ or 6’ wide and a full 6’6” long, or even longer for the taller customer. Interior designers (and we all are at


heart) want pieces that fi t a well thought out scheme, they need to be the right colour, the right dimensions and the right price. Handmade replica furniture ticks


these boxes and more because they can be fi nished to suit contemporary schemes. You don’t now have to have a refectory table in a dark Tudor oak fi nish, why not a natural pale oak


or a limed fi nish with a painted base? The pieces then sit comfortably with modern minimalist schemes and are the answer to the “I can’t have an antique piece, it won’t look right” view! So, what to look for in replica furniture:


First, is it a genuine replica – or is that a contradiction in terms? What I mean is, has the manufacturer been faithful to the original design, such as the right legs or handle? No point in making a chest with


an C18th Georgian bracket foot and then putting on Victorian handles. The buyer may not know exactly what is wrong, but it just won’t look right. Secondly, does it have an element of


hand fi nish to it? Modern machines are wonderful, but they can’t produce that hand-plained fi nish. It needs a craftsmen’s touch, it must feel and look right. Finally, is the fi nish true to the piece


and not a sprayed silicone fi nish? Good water based painted fi nishes, natural oils and waxes are what you should be looking for.


When going out to buy replica pieces,


good manufacturers will be pleased to discuss your requirements and may allow you to visit their workshops and encourage you to express your wishes and have input into the design. If it all goes well, you should then end up with a piece of furniture that is just what you wanted, unique to you and which you can be proud of and be able to keep and use on a daily basis which ultimatly may become a collectors piece in the future. There are many pieces of furniture


ABOVE: Windsor Carver, £310.00, from Alexander Paul Antiques.


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ABOVE: High Back Fiddle rocking chair priced £179.00 from CPW Furniture.


made in the last fi fty to sixty years which have become sought after by collectors in their own right.


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