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Who we are, what we do at The White Cat Emporium

The White Cat Emporium is the sum of random events, opportunities and of the pleasure in sourcing furniture and collectables in France & Italy. We import reguarly so there are always new treasures to entertain us all, you the clients and us the collectors.

We are a small team collecting antiques, furniture & objects d'art, decor for interiors, Cafe' & garden furniture.

There is an on site Workshop for the fabrication of traditional French woollen mattresses & Sprung bases. See the photos telling a visual story of this process in the photo button here on the right. We can make ad hoc sizes for your own bed or find teh bed of your taste in the shop, even design and make up wooden beds with your design.

A detailed list of What we sell is below the photo slideshow. As every piece is unique, this list provides an idea of effectively what we can source and do sell. Each time a piece is chosen and sold, there is no replacement, each piece is one off.

FURNITURE House & Garden, KITCHENWEAR, RESTAURANT & CAFE tables, chairs & stools. IRONWEAR & STOVES. GARDEN & CONSERVATORY FURNITURE,  VITICULTURE. COLLECTABLES, CLOTHES & HATS. OBJECTS d’ART, CUSTOME JEWLLERY. SOLEX & MOBILETTES. 

 

  • Look out for the Shop in Cheviot

    Look out for the Shop in Cheviot

     
  • Artisan bird cupboard
Lingerie washer '60s

    Artisan bird cupboard Lingerie washer '60s

  • entering the shop one can find almost anything..

    entering the shop one can find almost anything..

  • Boudoir Mirror selection

    Boudoir Mirror selection

  • selection of Motorini

    selection of Motorini

  • mattress making in the shop workarea

    mattress making in the shop workarea

  • Boudoir & Manequins

    Boudoir & Manequins

  • Mattress making on site
made to order

    Mattress making on site made to order

  • Deco oval table with two matching white chairs
Le creuset casserol iron enamel cooking pots deco style

    Deco oval table with two matching white chairs Le creuset casserol iron enamel cooking pots deco style

  • Red formica kitchen dresser
Philip Stark swivel chairs
Deco coffe grinders
Selection of Axesaxes

    Red formica kitchen dresser Philip Stark swivel chairs Deco coffe grinders Selection of Axesaxes

  • Selection of Chairs

    Selection of Chairs

What We Sell at The White Cat Emporium
FURNITURE: French & Italian furniture, bedroom  & kitchen furniture, industrial furniture, mid century , Art Deco, Broccante; French Country Estate.
CHAIRS & STOOLS:  Leather club armchairs. Single chairs in wood, metal & early plastic, cane south of France style. Cafe’ & Bar stools. Tall backed stools. Small foot stools. Bathroom chairs wooden, iron, painted;   Desk chairs; Napolian III pair with tapestry seats intact. Office, dentist, bathroom & boudoir chairs. Swivel chairs.
DIVANS: garden or lounge, wood & iron.
BEDS: iron, wood   cherry, walnut;  antique 1800s & 1900s. Day beds both large and small, Chaise longue.  Folding beds. Double, French double (1 & half), single, child beds.
MATTRESS & BASE made to measure by on site mattress maker following the French Sommier traditional craft using French ticking.
BEDLINEN: old heavy linen sheets, embroided & simple.
CHEST of DRAWERS: art deco, provenc’al, Dressers small & large. Como wood walnut & others; 
CUPBOARDS: wood,oak, cherry & walnut; huge & small. Library  Cupboards.
PORTMANTEAU HAT & COAT STANDS: metal ‘20s & ‘60s. Wood with metal or wood knobs: with mirrors and umbrella stands.
TABLES:  dinning, kitchen, sidetables, corridor wall tables, bedside tables, garden,  iron cafe style.
BUFFETS: Dressers wood with glass. Porcelain herb & spice  drawers. 1800s & 1900s. Deco formica buffet with French bread bin.
BATHROOM decor: lavabo, washstands antique & late. Bathroom marble tables;  Italian antique mirrors big and small;
MIRRORS: large, long or small. Wooden plain & gilded frames, 1800s & art deco.

KITCHENWEAR:  Iron or enamel pots & pans. Bowls in Stone wear & Pottery big & small. Porcelain plates: odd, sets & servers. Wall plates. Earthen wear.  Peuter jugs & plates. Coffee grinders house & professional. Cultery & Servers, kitchen utensils. Crockery, stoneware - bowls, servers & jugs;  sets, pairs & sinlge plates;  Earthenwear or porcelain bowls.  Glasses for table & cocktail. Old Weights & Measures.
RESTAURANT, CAFE tables, chairs & stools.
SHUTTERS: French window shutters tall and small, in pairs & set of 6 (set of 3pairs). HOUSE OLD OAK DOORS< massive.
IRONWEAR:  wrought iron  fireplace Dogs, fireplace cassoullet holders.
STOVES:  Iron & enamel.
GARDEN & CONSERVATORY furniture & wear: stone or marble basins, fountains. Hand basins with water holders. Tin baths. Divans & iron beds with handmade  mattresses and cushions for garden or conservatory.Old and antique garden tools. Blade shears old and new, shears sharpened.
VITICULTURE: old French grape picking caskets. Wine & fruit Presses big and small. Demijons.
COLLECTABLES:  ‘60s Salon hair dryers, manikin. Kitsch items.  Religous items, crosses small wood & metal, also hugely large in iron. Trunks wood & cane. Clogs. Candlesticks. Mexican Folk art & religious artifacts. Coffee Grinders, cafeteriers. Bongo drums.
CLOTHES & HATS: French work overalls. Old Leather workers jackets. Italain Maglieria fine knitwear: mixed, cashmere, wool, cotton, linen.  Italian Designer T-shirts, skirts & jackets.
OBJECTS d’ART : French & Italian posters. Glasses & other glass wear:  Art Deco fruit bowl. Encrier inkwell pewter art deco. 
CUSTOME JEWLLERY: earrings, necklaces, brooches.
BOOKS: cloth & leather bound.
SOLEX & MOBILETTES.

Photos at the workshop
Photos at the workshop
Busy in France
Busy in France
  

Mattress Making. We make wool mattresses to order with NZ wool and French ticking using the knowhow from the course in FRANCE.
Mattress Making. We make wool mattresses to order with NZ wool and French ticking using the knowhow from the course in FRANCE.

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French & Italian Antiques

Cheviot - North Canterbury

Shop Hours

Wednesday - Sunday
10am - 5pm