Antiques in the Home: Entertaining

Whether you’re entertaining a large group of people, or having a small get-together, having the right materials is a necessity. These antiques will add elegance to any social gathering.


Use antique furniture as a centerpiece for your entertaining space. The wine cooler or cellarette below is a beautiful choice for a party or get-together. Dating from 1850, this cellarette is a marvelous piece of history and is bound to be a conversation starter.

American Wine Cooler or Cellarette



Antique glass is a great choice for a dinner party or luncheon. Use antique castor sets to hold condiments like vinegar, salt, pepper, and mustard. The antique sugar caddy below, with its pineapple design, is an excellent addition to a table setting. The cranberry glass pickle castor shown below is a beautiful piece from 1880 that was originally used for storing pickles.

English Eight Bottle Castor Set
American Sterling Sugar Caddy by Gorham Silver Co.
American Cranberry Glass Pickle Castor


Antique silver is perfect for any dining area. The three piece tea set, shown below, is made by famed English Georgian silversmith Hannah Northcote. The ornate silver salt below dates back to 1880. These also make perfect starter pieces for an antique silver collection!

English Sterling Three Piece Tea Set by Hannah Northcote, circa 1802
Ornate 800 Silver Salt


Antique porcelain is always a great choice for decorating. An antique vase or compote can brighten up an empty space. Antique porcelain bowls can add elegance to a kitchen counter or dining table. The two porcelain veggie bowls below are by Royal Crown Derby, one of the leading porcelain makers in Europe.

French Hand Painted Porcelain Compote
English Pair of Leopold Covered Veggie Bowls by Royal Crown Derby


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