Fine Authentic American, English and French Furniture and Sculpture
About Silla Fine Antiques
Our Service PledgeWe guarantee the authenticity of every item in the collection - each item is described meticulously and we stand behind the description. To supplement this, we offer a vast collection of images on our primary website cataloging every aspect of the item - contact us by email for a direct link to the item and images on our primary website.
Questions about an item? We are only a phone call away at 717-708-9017 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you visit the shop or even when you call, chances are very high you will almost always see and speak with owner Andrew Silla and his wife Grace. Tim Seylar works diligently at the shop managing all restorations and the delicate art of packaging, but you might also meet Tim if your home is within a 100 mile radius of the shop, as he will generally personally deliver purchases to your home. We have a passion for the elements of a rich and comfortable living space - objects that are rich in surface, clean in line, of exquisite quality and of pure structure. After years of collecting, we began dealing in period antiques in 2009 while living in Germantown, Maryland. What started out as a very focused collection gradually grew into a sizable stock that required a larger space. In 2013, we made another move to be closer to family, moving the entire collection to a 4800 square foot building on the outskirts of Shippensburg in Pennsylvania. It is rurally situated among the hills and farm fields just 11 minutes from the Blue Mountain exit on Route 76E.
Our stock is centered around a large selection of American and English furniture crafted during the one hundred year period of 1740 to 1840, with an extensive collection of both period and "style" Louis XV and XVI furniture and objects d'art. We are very passionate about French bronze sculpture from the last quarter of the 19th century, all examples being selected for their perfect foundry casting and fine hand chasing of details, each a nearly photographic representation of the intended subject.
The common thread in all of our objects is an unwavering standard of quality, purity and clarity of line. Each piece is documented with the highest level of transparency using vivid high resolution photography and surgical condition reports.
Visiting Our Shop
We always welcome your visit at our shop! We are available at the shop on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9a-5:30p and Monday/Friday by chance or by appointment. The shop is located just seven miles outside of Shippensburg at the junction of Weaver Rd. and Roxbury Rd at 5704 Roxbury Rd., Shippensburg, PA 17257 - when you pull in, we are the building on the far right. Half of the building houses a two-level showroom, the other half our warehouse/packing/restoration center with our photography studio. Because we market our collection primarily online, the building is set up for perfect humidity and temperature controls, free of almost all sunlight exposure or excessive dust.
Over the past few years, the antique business has changed significantly with the sale process for much of the finer works of art and furnishings starting and finishing online. It probably isn't surprising that we sell significantly more period furniture to California than we do to Pennsylvania and that the objects we do sell in-state are generally sold "sight unseen" to private collectors in distant parts of the state.
By 2013, more than 90% of our transactions were completed almost entirely over the internet, the item rarely physically seen by our clients until delivery. While this might seem risky for a new client, in our experience we've found that a carefully catalogued and clearly photographed presentation of all angles on an item is a more accurate and less distracting way to evaluate a piece than to visit it in person. Because lighting is clear and awkward angles are made comfortable, differences in oxidization become noteworthy and close ups bring out the handcrafted nature of objects. It is difficult to turn a tall chest upside down in a cramped antique store to examine for alteration, repairs and replacements but it is imperative to do so prior to purchasing!
In 2013 we began including high-resolution UV photography with all newly acquired paintings, allowing you to see clearly the history of the surface: repairs, light touch ups, age of the varnish layer and loss. We have worked hard to ensure each object is catalogued thoroughly in advance so you can completely inspect what you are interested in from the comfort of your home.