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Agora Marketplace Antiques

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Selling high quality luxury items from clients in the Philadelphia Region

Agora Marketplace

Agora Marketplace

Selling high quality luxury items from clients in the Philadelphia Region

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Agora Marketplace Antiques Quality Consignments Services

“Blake, owner of Agora Marketplace is a total perfectionist and gives 110% above and beyond. He is full of marketing ideas and advised us exceptionally well on the sale of all our items.  We would highly recommend him to anyone.” – S.M.E, Langhorne, Pa Meet one more »

What does Agora Marketplace Antiques do? Products and Services

We’ve all been asked, “What do you do for a living?”  When I answer, “I operate an antiques and collectibles eCommerce business.”  Most are uncertain of what that actually is and I can tell by the polite, questioning  look on their face. That’s o.k. it’s more »

Great Dane Canute of Robindale Fawn Pastel Painting by D. Freed Philadelphia

Great Dane Canute of Robindale Fawn Pastel Painting by D. Freed Philadelphia

We all have fond memories of our favorite pets growing up.  Special clients of ours owned two enormous Great Danes, one black and the other fawn in color.  They were so special that the family commissioned two different artists to capture their images using pastel more »

Winterthur Country Estate Gardens and Fine Antiques

We were exhausted. A happy, satisfied exhaustion but exhausted. Our drive and determination kept us moving forward but sometimes you need a break. Taking a step back we realized that we had not taken time to rest in a very long time. This past Spring more »

Son of a Shoemaker- Fragments of the Great Colossi at the Memnonium by David Roberts

Son of a Shoemaker- Fragments of the Great Colossi at the Memnonium by David Roberts

In the early 1800’s, European maps of the interior of the continent of Africa had large blank areas.  Over the next 100 years, explorers took up the challenge & began exploring “the Dark Continent”.   The African Association had been formed in 1788 to sponsor more »

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Apothecary Chest Cenco Scale and Jars

Apothecaries were the pharmacist’s of years past.  They were medical professionals knowledgeable in formulating and distributing medicines.  An interesting profession with many interesting tools! As we sorted through the old wood-working shop we certainly were not expecting to find apothecary items.  In fact, we were more »

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Architectural Salvage Old Barn Doors

While searching through old barns you can learn about the history and function of items.  You also learn a lot about the people who owned them.  We briefly mentioned in our last blog that the barn owner’s father loved to keep “stuff”.  We didn’t fully more »

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Stone Springhouse Cold Storage

While taking a break from our barn antique treasure hunt, sounds of a cast iron bell rang in a gentlemanly baritone ring.  Wondering what it was about, we headed down the embankment along side the barn.  Our generous new friends were pointing us to the more »

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Wood burning Potbelly Stove

Today in Philadelphia we are in the low 70s which is great news for those who do not enjoy 90 plus, high humidity days.  You can feel Fall trying to push its way in. The colder days are coming and it reminded me of one more »

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Empire Pedestal Banquet Table

Our encounter with the Empire style was with an American Empire, otherwise known as Second Empire, banquet table. However, the Empire style started in the early 1800s and ended roughly in the 1830s.  Initially, it was very ornate adorned with extravagant motifs, intricate details including more »


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Empire Pedestal TableOur encounter with the Empire style was with an American Empire, otherwise known as Second Empire, banquet table.

However, the Empire style started in the early 1800s and ended roughly in the 1830s.  Initially, it was very ornate adorned with extravagant motifs, intricate details including paw feet, accent leaves, rope twist design, and sometimes gold gilding.  Originating in France under the rule of Napoleon, it was also called First French Empire.

During the early 1800s, there were many discoveries of Greek and Roman furniture and other cultural items. This sparked an enormous interest and demand for this particular style.

Empire Pedestal TableAmerican Empire 1800-1840 modeled itself after the First French Empire; however, some pieces were not ornate and extravagant.

America’s best known contributor to this style was Duncan Phyfe.  He was one of America’s most talented cabinet makers.

Our treasure was nestled in the back upper barn covered in dust and hidden by all of our previous barn finds.  It was found to have been painted a flat black.  The paint almost caused us to miss the 5- 12 inch leaves leaning up against the wall.  Fortunately, the barn owners were quick to point them out.  They were not painted and had a fantastic patina that revealed a beautiful tiger oak.

Empire Pedestal TableIt sat on its pedestal at 60 inches round but after examining the underside we opened it up and found that the pedestal split in half and extended up to 10 feet with all 5- 12 inches leaves inserted.

The owners went on to tell stories of past Thanksgiving dinners they enjoyed around this table.  They even told me about their great uncle who kept a family journal that referenced this very table.  Doctors, Head of the Department of Agriculture, artists, businessmen, businesswomen, and professors all enjoyed time at this table.

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