It’s typically troublesome to estimate the time interval by which a bit of vintage furnishings was made. We’ve to search for clues. Types and tastes evolve over time. Additionally, new items of furnishings are made to suit the wants of the day. Figuring out what the types have been in a specific period, or when a brand new sort of furnishings first appeared, provides clues as to when the vintage piece might have been made. You recognize that is true by taking a look at your personal lifetime. Have you ever observed that fewer individuals hold their TVs in armoires? Now that we’ve massive flat display televisions, modern trendy tv stands have been invented. Additionally, quite a lot of TV wall hanging mounts appeared. If a toddler requested you ways previous a type of TV stands have been, you’d know they have been in all probability solely a decade previous. We didn’t have any within the 1970s or 1980s.

America is a reasonably younger nation, being simply over 200 years previous. Subsequently, our furnishings begins with the pilgrim period. Under is a broad information of the totally different American vintage eras.

Pilgrim (additionally referred to as Colonial) (1620-1700)

Fairly heavy, all handcrafted, craved rectangular items and turned balusters. Made primarily of oak or native wooden.

William and Mary (1690-1725)

Dutch affect. Magnificence. Plenty of turned legs and turned balls on the vintage furnishings. Veneers have been used. Gate leg tables got here into existence, in addition to, excessive boy and low boy furnishings. Walnut and cherry wooden was used.

Queen Ann (1725-1755)

Sleek, smaller proportions, curves. The start of the curved cabriole leg. Wing again chairs have been made. Walnut was typically used.

Chippendale (1755-1780)

Ball and claw ft, S and C scrolls. Carved shells and acanthus leaves have been used. Gothic influences and Chinese language motifs. Upholstered seats. Mahogany primarily used.

Federal (1780-1820)

Elegant, delicate. Vase and lyre formed bases. Bell flower motifs, swags, inlaid woods. Tapered, slender spade legs. Fluting. Hepplewhite and Sheraton types fall into this period. Mahogany & cherry wooden.

Empire (1815-1840)

Mirrored America’s fascination with French, Greek & Roman types. Duncan Phyfe’s period. Grecian couches, scrolled arms, animal legs, ormolu mounts, pillars. Hitchcock chairs. Number of woods have been used.

Victorian British (1840-1901)

Period of Queen Victoria’s rule. Strongly influenced American made furnishings. Many types inside these years. Started very ornate. Rosewood and mahogany. Industrial Revolution occurred. Iron used. Furnishings turned mass produced.

Arts & Crafts (1880-1920)

Again to handmade. Craftsmanship revered. Little to no ornamentation. Rectilinear. Morris, Stickley.

Artwork Noveau (1890-1914)

Type taken from nature. Curvaceous, natural, plant-like, flat entwined designs.

Artwork Deco (1910-1939)

Machine age. Geometric type. Clean strains. Streamlined shapes. Stepped ranges. Chrome and plastic was used. Skyscraper period.

Article by Ursula Gannon of Gannon’s Antiques & Artwork.


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