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I am looking for period cane sofas, any suggestions where I might find them?

The Decorative Antique & Textiles Fair is an imaginative source of decorative furniture, art and objects, C20th, modern and antique. You can find dates for upcoming fairs on our website TheHouseDirectory. Another good source is Decorative Collective , a select group of English and European dealers offering antiques and contemporary items. They have a ‘search request form’ which would help you to track down the type of cane sofa you are after.

I’m looking for antique painted Chippendale dining chairs. I would like originals, but replicas would be all right.

The Dining Room Shop is the nationwide specialist in all manner of period dining room furnishings and accessories: tables, chairs, china, glassware, silver and linen. They offer an Antique Finders Service, and can make replica chairs for you, should you decide that is what you are after. You could also try English Georgian, specialists in period replicas of furniture made by Thomas Chippendale, Robert Adam and other fine antique furniture makers. They supply their range of replicas in a choice of finishes.

I am trying to source a Victorian or Victorian-style round iron-legged table with a marble top - the sort that might have been found in a conservatory or garden. It needs to have a second circular tier underneath the marble top which would be inside the circumference of the legs. Do you have any idea where I might find something like this?

Antique dealers specializing in garden furniture might have this type of table including Appley Hoare; they are dealers in 18th and 19th century French furniture, lighting, mirrors, paintings, stone garden decoration, cast iron garden urns and iron and wooden garden furniture. You might also try Holloways, as they are specialists in a huge and eclectic range of antique garden ornament and The Decorative Collective. The Decorative Collective are a group of antique dealers that specialise in everything from period lighting to period garden ornament and their website has a regularly changing assortment of benches, urns, statuary, chairs, tables and all types of other garden items in all materials.

I am after a reasonably-priced mid-century original (or reproduction) sofa. Where can I source one?

For high quality, original collectors' pieces you might contact  Tanguy Rolin; you could also try elemental for mid-century design classics. For copies of mid 20th-century sofa designs you could try the following companies: Chaplins or Domain or Go Modern

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