The Facts About The French Antique Shop
French Antique Shop is a family owned business representing three generations of true antique connoisseurs. They take great pride in continuing the tradition established by their parents, Monsieur and Madame Granet, who devoted their lives to the appreciation of fine French antiques. The French Antique Shop, Inc. remains a family business.
The French Antique Shop is currently operated by:
* Henry Granet – President
* Nicole Granet Friedlander – Secretary/Treasurer
* Marc Friedlander – Vice President
Marie and Marcel Granet opened their first shop in Paris when they married in 1927. They came to the United States before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 and were planning to re-establish their shop in Houston Texas. However, when they reached New Orleans, they fell in love with the Vieux Carre and decided to go no further. Their first shop here in New Orleans was located on Chartres Street in the French Quarter and was stocked originally with pieces they had brought with them from Paris. They moved to Royal Street and eventually settled in their present expanded location at 225 Royal Street in 1947.
Today the French Antique Shop has over 20,000 square feet of showroom space all located within the Royal Street location.
Their stock offers a remarkable selection of splendid 18th and 19th century European country and sophisticated furnishings. These range from the purely functional and delightful hutches and farm tables used for centuries throughout the French country side to the breath taking opulent bronze d’ore and crystal lighting fixtures that adorned the finest Parisian salons.
The most humble of these country pieces, like their more sophisticated city cousins, represent a heritage of French creativity and design which is sought after and admired throughout the world.
They have an extensive display of:
* Chandeliers and lighting fixtures
* Marble mantels
* Gold leaf mirrors
* Dining room tables and chairs
* Bronze statues
* Continental and Oriental porcelains
Featuring one of the most comprehensive and largest collections of antique lighting in the United States, the ceilings of the French Antique Shop are ablaze with an exciting variety of chandeliers and hall lights. Their fixtures range from a magnificent six foot tall bronze d’ore chandelier draped with finely cut Baccarat crystal to simple country French iron lanterns. Many of the lighting fixtures were originally made for candles and have been converted to electricity by the craftsmen in their atalier (workshop).
Source of the Antiques
They continue to import all of their merchandise from Europe, the majority of which come from France, Italy, and Great Britain. They receive shipments several times a year, attracting customers from all regions of the United States and abroad who come to the French Antique Shop to furnish their interiors.
Because of the public’s ever-increasing appreciation for fine antiques, these treasures are becoming increasingly scarce. At the French
Antique Shop they offer their clients the rare opportunity of choosing from an unparalleled concentration of authentic 18th and 19th century antiques in their galleries, here in the heart of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter.
Artists Represented: Among their finest pieces are those signed by such master 18th and 19th century ebenistes as “Hache,” “Linke,” “Sormani” and “Dasson.” In addition to these, they have many equally outstanding examples of the master craftsmanship that was demanded by the most discriminating French and European collector.
Their prices reflect the scope and depth of their collection. In lighting fixtures, for example, their selection ranges from charming but modest French melon globes and simple wall sconces to sumptuous Baccarat crystal and gold plated bronze ballroom chandeliers. Similarly, their furniture offerings include rustic country tables and chairs as well as Aubusson tapestry and Scalamandre silk upholstered salon sets.
What Makes FAS Unique: An exquisite inventory that has been collected over three generations that is displayed in over 20,000 square feet of showroom located in the heart of the historic French Quarter in New Orleans. “We are unique, not simply because of the number of antique pieces in our collection , but more especially because of the quality and depth those pieces represent.” Said Nicole Granet Friedlander, Secretary/Treasurer of French Antique Shop.
Special Services Offered
Their knowledgeable and personable staff are pleased to work with designers and architects as well as private individuals. They offer a broad range of services to their clients including digital photography and e-mailing photographs. Certificates of Authenticity are also provided upon request for items purchased from the French Antique Shop. Pieces that are shipped out of town are packed, or crated on premises at no additional charge to the purchaser, and they are happy to make all shipping arrangements.
The antique gallery is in keeping with the local architectural style of Royal Street and the area of the Historic French Quarter. A relaxed and friendly atmosphere awaits their patrons in a building that is over 200 years old.
The gallery is located on the prestigious Royal Street, long famed for its world class antique and art galleries, within the Historic French Quarter of New Orleans.