Last year, I purchased a beautiful set of nesting tables at an antique store in Ft Lauderdale. I really had no idea what I was purchasing.  I only knew that I loved the color and that they would make a perfect bedside table. The seller did manage to give me a little information on my purchase. She told me that they were Florentine style and hand painted. So, I did what I always do when I find a new treasure, I googled everything that I could find on these tables and this style called Florentine.  Since this initial purchase, I have become quite a fan of this hand painted Italian style of furniture and accessories. So here is my lesson: Florentine Style 101.

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History

The Florentine Style initiated in Florence, Italy and represents a modern take on the art from the Renaissance.  Florentine style crafts have an ornate appearance, and are typically gold gilded, or have gold paint

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The style of Florentine originally aimed for tourist and was deemed “buen gusto” meaning “of fine taste” or “pure Italian.”  Florentine style crafts remain collectible today. Florentine style can be found in frames and plaques, and reproduction Florentine furniture. Shabby Chic often uses these pieces in their decorating style.

Examples of Florentine Style

I am completely loving this display of Florentine Style Boxes. (You know how I love boxes of any shape and size)

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When I was in Brimfield this summer, one of the vendors was selling a set of three vintage Florentine coffee grinders. I bought all three for $70! Since then, I have been scouring the internet and antique shows to add to my collection. Here is one of my beauties!


I’m also really loving this beautiful Florentine Style vanity.

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Florentine trays are perhaps the most common finds. This picture depicts the different colors, shapes and sizes that can be found.

Florentine papaer mache trays

So what do you think? Do you love this style as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below.

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