Original paint adds character to chests and cupboards, so make sure to check out these online retailers before your next antiques purchase.
Anthony and Karen Cull, who are based in the Cotswolds, tend to have magnificent painted Swedish cabinets, benches and mirrors listed on their website. You’ll also find pieces of folk art and other decorative antiques destined for stunning homes.
Dealer Jack Harness specialises in original painted pieces and sells a comprehensive list of antique British, French and Swedish country furniture from a large building on his farm in Warwickshire. Trawl through painted French commodes and buffets, tables, cupboards, bookcases and more.
French Farmhouse Furniture
Scroll through this site to find a floral painted Louis XV-style trumeau mirror c1900–1910, a late 18th-century painted Venetian credenza cabinet, and two beautiful Venetian painted bedsteads. The listings on the website are just a selection of what is offered by dealer Paul Wood, who is based near Bristol.
The French House
Shutters, anyone? The York arm of this online shop – there’s a warehouse near York and a showroom in London, too – is a virtual French brocante, so expect painted mirrors, sconces and other delights.
The Home Bothy
Swedish dining chairs with original paint, an untouched French bookcase, and an English drop-leaf table are on the inventory at this online store and real-life West Sussex warehouse. Painted furniture is often among new finds.
The Tolstoy Edit
Alexandra Tolstoy’s edit includes beautiful antique marriage cupboards from across Europe. The new and old pieces she gathers are influenced by her Russian heritage and years of travel on horseback across central Asia, as well as folk traditions.