French Heritage

Though French Heritage is only twenty years old, the roots of the company began years before, as part of a family passion for antiques. When co-founder Jacques Wayser was a child in France, he, his sister Christianne, and his brother Alain, would follow their parents on their weekly visits to the Paris antique market and throughout the French and English countryside. There, Jacques and his siblings learned how to shop for and collect antiques. Antiques, after all, were the family business. Jacques' grandfather opened his first shop nearly a century ago.

Jacques recognized at an early age how beautifully made antique furniture was. The delicate carvings and rich finishes held their splendor despite their age. This, he noted, was the result of incredible craftsmanship, an art that seemed to be lost in the modern age.

As a young man, he worked in the family antique business. But after meeting his American-born fashion-model wife, Henessy, they decided to strike out on their own. Their vision was to create a company that specialized in creating heirlooms for the future, using the same techniques once employed by the master craftsman of Europe. These reproductions would be better than ordinary mass-produced furniture. They would capture the look and feel that can only be found in genuine antique furniture.

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