Dating antique furniture styles

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Are you curious to know the history and origin of them?

If so, this guide can help you identify what you like and give you some background information and origin of these beautiful hand-made antique heirloom pieces.

Schweitzer Linen has traveled the world over and curated some truly gorgeous and unique decorative objects and furniture from various eras which are available to purchase.

The following will help you learn more about them and why they are so unique. Victorians loved embellishment, not only on their clothing, but for all objects in their homes.

It was simple with grace, less bulky and blocky, curved started to appear, pad feet and the famous cabriole leg was introduced.

Secret drawers where introduced the highboys had domed bonnets. This style had shields, oval, heart, and wheel shaped backs.

Do you know what types of antique furniture you like?

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Metal, leather, and plastic was being introduced; the clean lines and Danish modern were getting popular.This is a set of Victorian Tilt Top Tables, featuring the inspired gold decorative florets and scrollwork, as well as decorative edging and mother of pearl top insets.Truly beautiful artisanship highlighting the Victorian trend in the application of decor.The hardware used was larger bail pulls with escutcheons. It was influenced by Chinese and Gothic and had the look of Georgian. A great book for this style is Thomas Chippendale the Gentleman and Cabinet maker’s Directory. This style incorporates Hepplewhite, Sheraton, and early American Classical (Empire). Classical decorations, tapered legs, and brass oval shaped bail type pulls. This was influenced by French Empire, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian design.Woods for this period were walnut, cherry and maple. In this era of furniture proportions changed also the names where no longer monarch names (I.e. The Federal style induced a new style called Neo-classicism. In this style the backs of chairs do not touch the seats. This style had classical lines, graceful, delicate, simple design. It was made for looks most of it was not the comfortable. They used black stained wood with gold ormolu mountings and trims. The main types of woods used where Mahogany and veneer. This was influenced by cabinet makers in New York Phyfe and Lannuier. Woods used where Mahogany veneers with rich colors. There where many different Influences from Gothic, Renaissance Revival, Greco-Egyptian Revival.

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