Northgate receives a 45′ Container

Northgate receives a 45′ Container

We are very excited to announce the arrival of a 45′ European container. We try to consistently hand pick quality antiques and import them to Nashville, TN. We have been serving Nashville and customers all over the world for over 20 years. Acquiring these items may seem fun, but is very difficult. We have been selecting pieces carefully over time to fill this container. Some of the highlighted pieces include; a Malta commode, a Spanish burl elm dining table, tea Caddy’s, two different Dutch inlaid demi-lune flip top tables, a Swedish french polished bureau, English chests of drawers, a rare mahogany pop-up davenport desk, and many farm tables. There are many more items too! We try to provide versatile pieces but focus on the rare and unusual ones too.

We hope you will take the time to come in and see this fine collection assembled. We upload photos when we can to our website and 1st dibs. Please feel free to email or call to inquire if we  have a certain piece. We will gladly email photos and measurements. We investigate each piece before posting. This can be time consuming so please contact us. We have the ability to deliver to all parts of the world. We also provide most all repair needs at the customers request. We do our best to provide you with a great product at a great price which equals years of enjoyment and style.

Thank you always for your time and consideration,

Northgate Gallery Antiques

Jeff Fleetwood

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Knowledge can pay off

Knowledge can pay off

One thing I have noticed lately is the amount of people wanting to sell items. Now not everyone has a period Chippendale piece of furniture worth hundreds of thousand’s of dollars, but if you have knowledge of what you’re buying you can manage to purchase and sell nice quality items. It is true sometimes people don’t know what they have!

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Antique Oak Cellarette

Antique Oak Cellarette

Antique Oak Cellarette

Antique Oak Cellarette

Antique Oak Cellarette


19th.C. Oak Cellarette or Wine Cooler c.1840

Splendid mid 19th.c. oak cellarette or wine cooler c.1840. Dramatic classical sarcophagus form raised on a conforming stem and plinth with bold carved detail. Hinged lid with room for plenty of bottles inside. Original brass castors recessed into the underside of the feet. Excellent condition, cleaned and waxed in our workshops. Original lock, key supplied.


Dimensions: width 31″, depth 21″, height 23″.



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Antique Sideboard

A late 19thc fine quality mahogany & satinwood breakfront sideboard. The top consists of plum pudding mahogany with boxwood stringing around the edge. There are three mahogany lined drawers, with a central satinwood panel, banded with mahogany & boxwood stringing. They each have two brass lion mask handles. The left side has a mahogany cupboard with a central circular satinwood panel with a brass lion mask handle. The right side is replicated but has a cellarette drawer. The central section has a mahogany bottle holder drawer with an oval satinwood panel with a brass lion mask handle. The arch above this is mahogany & tulip wood banded. The sideboard stands on six tapered legs with spade feet. C.1870-1880


Height: 36.5”


Width: 61”


Depth: 26.5”


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Pair of Grand Louis XV Walnut Fauteuils from Lyon

A grand pair of Late 19th C. walnut fauteuil’s from Lyon, France. These chairs are carved with highly raised and detailed carvings. Stylized carvings to the crest of the chairs with stylized shell to the center and gadrooned leaf corners. The floral carvings around the shaped frame of the back. Leading to two padded arms with setback arm supports. The cusp of the front rail has a complimentary stylized shell carving. Heavy floral carvings on the knee of the chairs leading to cabriole leg with scroll foot. The rail of the chairs is exposed and carved all the way around. These chair are most definitely made with the finest craftsmanship. The seat remove for fresh covering and are shown in muslin fabric as purchased. You will notice the back still have the original fabric ( a love it or not). C.1880-1900.


30″ wide x 28″ deep x 42.5″ tall


19″ seat height


27.5″ arm height



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Ormolu Gilt bronze!

Ormolu Gilt bronze— common on high-quality pieces— is called ormolu (from ormoulu, French for “melted gold”). In addition to simple utilitarian pulls and handles, you’ll find antiques embellished with ornamental elements such as hooves, inlays, and macaroons. Until the mid-19th century, gilding bronze was achieved via a highly toxic technique: A mixture of mercury and gold was applied to brass and then heated, which burned off the mercury and left behind a thin plating of pure gold (this method is now illegal). Since then, metal plating has been achieved by electrolysis. It’s easy to distinguish between 18th- and 19th-century gilt ormolu by looking at the back side of the hardware. Electroplating coats every surface of the hardware, so the back will look the same as the front, only unpolished. By contrast, in the older technique, gilt was applied just to the front, so the back side is raw bronze or brass, probably patinated to a dull green, and bordered with an uneven brushed line of gilt finish.



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We are expecting a New Container….It’s on the water.

We are expecting a New Container

A 40 foot container is on the water from Europe! The container is filled with antique and vintage items from France, Spain, Scotland and England. We spent time searching for and stockpiling a “First Class” assortment of interesting items for your Home or Collection. We once again hand picked these items to assure the quality associated with Northgate Gallery Antiques.

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New Container

New Container!

Northgate Gallery has just received a New 45′ Colossal  Container! We have hand selected these items personally from Europe. This has increased our inventory and given us one of the finest collections of antiques around. Items range from choice countries: England, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, Scotland and other continental countries.

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Franklin, TN, is the winner of our 2014 Greatest Southern Towns

Franklin, TN, is the winner of our 2014 Greatest Southern Towns


By The Editors

April 3, 2014

Franklin, Tennessee


Bringing in more than 69 percent of the final round votes, Franklin, TN, is the winner of our 2014 Greatest Southern Towns Bracket.


Franklin rallied its fan base early thanks to lots of homegrown support and some clever use of social media. After beating out Fairhope, AL, Oxford, MS, and Florence, AL, in the first three rounds, Franklin went head-to-head against Hot Springs, AR, in the Final Four. The support continued into the championship matchup against fan favorite Savannah, GA.


We want to thank everyone who participated in the bracket over the past couple of weeks. We were overwhelmed with the passion you showed for all of these towns. Rest assured your votes counted—all 1.3 million of them.


It goes without saying that the South is home to more great towns than could fit in one bracket. Regardless of the winner, we hope this contest brought some attention to all the wonderful places to live and visit in Dixie.


Congratulations to the town of Franklin.


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Banning ivory: A nuanced approach needed

This is an interesting article I read. 


THE MARKET | By Laura Beach


Banning ivory: A nuanced approach needed

February 24, 2014 | What began as a well-intentioned effort to halt the wanton slaughter of elephants has resulted in sweeping restrictions on the U.S. trade in elephant ivory. As part of the Obama administration’s broader strategy to combat wildlife trafficking, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on February 11 announced new regulations prohibiting all imports, even antiques made partly or entirely of the material. The rules, say dealers in historic works of art, denigrate cultural heritage while failing to stop poachers, who will likely find ready markets for ivory elsewhere in the world.


The regulations also limit exports to objects that are demonstrably one hundred years or older, apparently preventing an American dealer or institution from selling an inlaid Ruhlmann cabinet of 1926 to a European client. Selling documented antique ivory across state lines remains lawful, as does intrastate trade in objects imported lawfully prior to 1990 or 1975, depending on whether the ivory is African or Asian in origin. In all cases, the burden of proof falls heavily on the importer, exporter or seller. Vocal minorities in the United States and Britain are urging a total ban on ivory sales.


Environmentalists are hailing the recent ruling, called “a timely and welcome move” by the New York Times. Free traders see government overreach in a “counterproductive” policy that treats “virtually every antique collector, dealer, and auctioneer in America– and anyone who happens to own a piece of ivory — as a criminal.”



The bewildered public just wants to know what to do with an inherited portrait miniature, netsuke or string of beads for which paperwork, if it ever existed, no longer survives.


Many see values plummeting if American auctions houses, which already have stated policies declining a range of objects and materials, become more selective in what they sell. Museums may cease to acquire and scholars to publish.


“The catch-22 is what happens to people who brought these pieces in legally and now can’t sell them,” says consultant and former Sotheby’s executive Barbara Deisroth, an expert in modern design.


American exhibitors heading for the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht in March must decide whether to bring or buy antique ivory. “This is a very serious problem. Except for one piece, all my ivories are in Europe. I can’t bring them home even though they are thoroughly documented, often with provenance going back centuries. What we need, for lack of a better word, is a passport that travels with an object in perpetuity,” says Tony Blumka, a TEFAF exhibitor and leading specialist in medieval, Renaissance and baroque works of art. State law already requires Blumka and other New York dealers to have ivory licenses and to register every piece in their inventories.


The eight-member taskforce that recommended the policy had only one member with ties to the marketplace, eBay executive Tod Cohen. The National Antique and Art Dealers Association, the Antique and Art Dealers League of America, and other trade groups are scrambling to respond.


“That beautiful 1947 Steinway might be worthless now unless you replace the keys. I understand the government’s position but we need to find a balanced solution that preserves wildlife and cultural heritage,” says NAADA president James McConnaughy.


“Register every last piece of ivory and start today. But don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater,” says League president Clinton Howell, who has blogged about the issue.


London dealer Martin Levy is urging his colleagues to speak up. “All of us who care about the history of art, education, and the aesthetic value of these artifacts now being so derided, and feel equally strongly about the protection of endangered species, must say so,” says the director of H. Blairman & Sons.


Two events planned by the non-profit Committee for Cultural Policy may provide the opportunity. Experts are gathering for an April 10 symposium at Cardozo Law School in New York to discuss a proposal to reform U.S. law and policy relating to the international exchange of cultural property. At the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on April 30, past and present directors of the Walters Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Getty Museum will join attorneys Michael McCullough, Kate Fitz Gibbon and Andrew Adler in a roundtable discussion on U.S. cultural property policy, law and the public interest. Their aim is to identify practical steps to rationalize and clarify laws that create uncertainty for collectors, public and private.


Time remains to reshape the law. Fish and Wildlife is still clarifying the definition of antique and will publish a proposed or interim final rule for public comment by the end of June.

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We are Proud to Help with – THE O’MORE ALUMNI SHOW HOUSE




O’More College of Design and Traditional Home magazine are pleased to present the 2nd Annual O’More Alumni Show House on West Main Street in downtown Franklin. Two dozen leading interior designers—all award-winning O’More alumni, spanning four decades—have been selected to participate.


The ca. 1904 Dozier Home has been rescued from decades of commercial use by builder Thrive Homes, who is returning the stunning Queen Anne Victorian to a 6,000 square-foot anchor residence in the National Register-listed Hincheyville historic neighborhood. Just a few blocks from the celebrated Main Street retail district, the Dozier Home will be a landmark for another century to come.


From April 4-27, the home will be open for public viewing. Tickets are $20, and will be available at the door.


As a four-year, not-for-profit institution offering bachelor of fine arts degrees in interior, fashion and graphic design, O’More College of Design is dedicated to educating both its students and the community on the importance of quality design to the human existence. The 2014 Alumni Show House highlights not only the talent that O’More’s interior design school continually produces, but also the latest from top manufacturers in the context of a modern historic restoration.


Proceeds will benefit the interior design program at O’More. We hope you will consider joining us for what is quickly becoming a much-anticipated tradition in middle Tennessee.


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We Have Been Buying Antiques

We Have Been Buying Antiques

We have been aggressively buying quality items recently. Some items have sold before posted to our websites. Please look for new items. We have a container leaving soon too. The items have been purchased with the upmost consideration and a choice selection of quality, style, and overall uniqueness, along with functionality. We have managed to buy these items and store piece by piece as purchased.

We look forward to displaying our items soon!


Thank you,


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Fantastic Book Chairs: A History

 Fantastic Book


I read this book a few years back. I would highly recommend this book. The author integrates history and the relevance of the chair throughout history. I think it’s so interesting to see how the progression occurred through time. This book gave me a transformed look at the Chair.


Chairs: A History


Florence de Dampierre



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Two Day Estate Auction

Two Day Estate Auctionauction-catalogue

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11:00 A.M.

Sunday May 19, 2013, 12:00 Noon

Preview: May 17, 2013 8:00 AM-8:00 PM

Over 750 Superb Lots!!

Featuring the Dallas, Texas estate of The Late Charles W. Clements, Sr.

Our auction gallery has been commissioned by Judy Dement Clements, widow of the late Charles W. Clements, Sr. to sell their fabulous collection of antiques and works of art from their home in Dallas, Texas.

On March 8, 1995, Mr. Clements and Judy Dement were married. They built a fine home on Montlake Mountain here in Chattanooga and furnished it to the hilt. Next, they purchased a fabulous home in Dallas, Texas and started their quest again assembling one of the finest collections I have ever seen! On December 26, 2000, we lost Mr. Clements. He was one of the most important icons of the antique business.

On June 4th and 5th 2005, Sandra and I sold the contents of the Chattanooga home here at Northgate Gallery. It was a tremendous auction attracting collectors from around the country

Recently, Judy Dement Clements decided to sell the stately home in Dallas, and she has again honored us by choosing Northgate Gallery to sell this superb collection on May 18 and 19, 2013.

Also included in this auction is a collection of fine furniture from Macon and Dalton, Georgia, a group of exquisite jewelry and a collection of fine oriental rugs.

We urge you to plan early to attend this important auction sale.

These consignments will be sold with no minimums or reserves.

Plan now to attend this important auction sale. We assure you that you will not be disappointed in the quality and value.

Call early for reserved seating

Call 423-877-6114 or 800-530-1422 for reserved seats or more information.

Please visit our showroom. Our hours are 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday – Friday.

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Technology Can Help Cut Cost

How Technology Can Help Cut Cost

With Technology always evolving, we are always looking to implement technology into our business. One way we have recently managed to cut costs in our business is the use of Spotify and Bluetooth. This may seem minor to some? To us it is another way to pass saving on to our customers.

We have an old stereo system in our building and presently use Sirius for our music service. This is a monthly service charge. I have gone to a service called Spotify. I pay (personally) a monthly fee. This fee is quite a bit less than the Sirius service. I have more control over the music and its interruption free. I purchased a Bluetooth adaptor to connect to our existing stereo system and use an old iPad to connect, there we go! The adaptor was $35.

With all this said, another way to try to benefit our customers. These savings will be passed on to you. Our valued customers.

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Bookcase Serve Customers Purpose

Bookcase Serve Customers Purpose

One of our recent customers purchased this fine English bookcase cabinet. He was not really looking to buy a particular piece that day. An avid collector, like so many of us, just stopped in to look at our inventory. We started a conversation which some of focused on a chest of drawers. He stated he did not have the space for anything else, but considering upgrading his pieces. A very nice sewing box was near the chest of drawers, and he told me of his tea caddy collection.


We both started to think and came up with a wonderful way to serve two purposes. This nice English bookcase seemed to fit the bill. It fills the space of a chest but displays his wonderful collection of tea caddy’s and small advertisement bottles. With lights and glass shelves, the bookcase works for display.


One way to enjoy the items you collect is to display them in a way that’s appealing to your enjoyment. Every day he will see the cabinet and the items in the cabinet. I think it looks wonderful, and he is very pleased. Well done. I love to see a customer pleased with what they buy.

Thank you!   *** Photo of bookcase in the customer’s home***

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