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New Furniture Collection Features Biltmore's Timeless Reproductions

Asheville, NC

'Gentleman's Pursuit' Will Debut in October during the Fall 2009 High Point Market

George Vanderbilt traveled the world, buying furnishings and treasures from England, Italy, France and Asia to furnish Biltmore House. For its latest endeavor, Biltmore's product licensing division teamed up with Encore, a fine furnishings manufacturer, to create 'Gentleman's Pursuit,' a new furniture collection inspired by original antiques located in the gentleman's wing of Biltmore House and other rooms enjoyed by Mr. Vanderbilt's guests. The collection will be distributed by Sarreid, Ltd. throughout North America.

The collection recreates many of the original designs found in the rooms Mr. Vanderbilt enjoyed the most, including his beloved Library, as well as his Smoking, Gun and Billiard Rooms. Encore faithfully recreates each piece true to its original design using solid hardwoods, hand-carved details and authentic finishes.

"It's particularly fitting that this first collection from Encore pays homage to the man who had the vision to build and furnish Biltmore House," said Tim Rosebrock, VP and General Manager of Biltmore's Licensed Products Division. "Encore's commitment to craftsmanship and superior manufacturing techniques ensures that this new line of home furnishings stays true to Mr. Vanderbilt's vision of hospitality and home."

Encore will unveil the 'Gentleman's Pursuit' collection, its first for Biltmore, during the Fall 2009 High Point Market. Combining expert craftsmanship and meticulous detail, the eclectic mix of pieces includes tables, display furniture, chairs, mirrors, footstools and other occasional goods. The designs hearken from a variety of antique and 19th century styles that originated in America, Spain, England and the Netherlands. Market introductions will include:

Richelieu Table
The perfect accent to luxurious full-grain leathers, this mahogany classic is a replica of a table found in the Billiard Room of Biltmore House. The top is a fan mahogany matching veneer on an ebonized mahogany base featuring turned barley twist legs. A single drawer is lined in solid oak and is finished with a solid brass teardrop pull. 31w x 21l x 27h. Suggested retail is $999.

Bachelors Table
A replica of a 19th century American marble top table located in the Gun Room of Biltmore House, this masculine accent piece commands attention. Made of solid rosewood, the base is gilded and supported by a generous pedestal. The hand painted faux marble top adds a dramatic finish. 30h x 38w x 38d. Suggested retail is $2,499.

Vanderbilt Chair
Perfect for formal dining or as a distinctive addition to a library or office, this stately chair is handmade from solid mahogany and finished to perfection for an antique feel. Ornate hand carved detail includes a fleur-de-lis and an elaborate Vanderbilt monogram. Curved legs and antique brass nail detail accent fine Italian leather. 40h x 16w x 18d. Suggested retail is $699.

Maximilian Chest
This solid American oak chest is inspired by a 16th century Spanish piece located in the Music Room in Biltmore House. The stately design is hand-embellished with solid brass nail heads and drawer pulls and finished in an antique treatment for an Old World appeal.
39h x 24d x 54w. Suggested retail is $3,099.

North Tower Demilune Table
Crafted in a similar fashion to the original 19th century English console found in the North Tower Room of Biltmore House, this stunning hardwood demilune table is edged in rosewood banding and finished with ebony rubbed legs. The low stretcher is reminiscent of a hunter's bow. Elegant brass and lustrous wood inlay detail complete this heirloom replica.
40w x 12 1/2 d x 34h. Suggested retail is $1,199.

Renaissance Bookcase
This solid oak bookcase is inspired by display cabinets crafted by Herter Brothers of New York used in the dining room of George Vanderbilt's father's Fifth Avenue home. Now found on the Third Floor Living Hall of Biltmore House, the original cabinets were made to accommodate artwork on the walls above them. This grand furniture piece features a renaissance revival motif, an ebony hand rubbed finish and solid brass accents on each of the five columns. 64w x 60h x 16d. Suggested retail is $2,999.

About Encore/Sarreid, Ltd.
Encore was created in 2008 and is distributed in North America by Sarreid, Ltd. A furniture manufacturer for over 40 years, Sarreid's home office is located in Wilson, N.C. The Encore showroom is located at 301 N. Hamilton Street in High Point.

About Biltmore's Licensing Division
Launched in 1990, Biltmore's licensed product division has grown to be one of the most successful in the country, drawing on the historical treasures and inspiration found in Biltmore House. Through Biltmore™ For Your Home and Biltmore™ Chateau Reserve, consumers are able to experience both the classic designs found in George Vanderbilt's grand collection of art and furnishings, and the relaxed enjoyment of fine country living.

Current Biltmore™ For Your Home licensees include Amarr Garage Doors, Anderson Hardwood Floors, Artaissance, Austin, Belk, Capel, Cottage Gardens, ELK Lighting, Ellington Fans, Executive Kitchens, Fisher Farms, Habersham, Habersham Feathers, Larson-Juhl, Manual Woodworkers & Weavers, Moulding Associates, Netherland Bulb, Oriental Accent, Premier Mantels, Ridgeway Clock Company, ShadeTree Canopies, Southern Living House Plans, Sterling Designs, Unique Stone, and Vita Food Products.

To learn more about Biltmore's licensing program, visit

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