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Archive for July, 2009

  • The Future of Antique Furniture: circa 2000 IKEA Desk?

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    What is the future of quality handmade furniture? Will hand-crafted, artisanal cabinetry finally become a thing of the past, as it has been since the close of the postwar period in England?

  • Regency Antique Furniture (1800-1830)

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    Named for George IV’s “regency” (1811-1820), Regency style dominated English taste in furniture between the years 1800 and 1830. This post is the 5th in a series of 7, continued from a discussion of Georgian furniture.

  • How to Tell the Difference Between Wood Types In Antique Furniture

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    There is a great deal of confusion on the subject of identifying any given wood type or variety. Join us as we explain how to distinguish between wood types by looking at their grain (photos included).

  • History, or, Batman Likes Antique Furniture

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    What is the nature of our attraction to all things old? Obviously I could cite quality, but I'm not sure that accounts for the charm that antiques hold over us. In the case of vintage antiques, many of us who were there are still around, so it makes sense that some Baby Boomers would have a taste for the styles…

  • On the Eve of Our Independence

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    Tomorrow is the 233rd anniversary of our independence here in the U.S. I find it a great irony that I am writing about it here, since, after all, our furniture is English. Every now and then, we get a piece from around the time of the American Revolution, and I can't help but wonder what the original owner must have…

  • Georgian Antique Furniture (1714-1820)

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    The Georgian period, so named after the first four King Georges, lasted from about 1714 to 1820. A few of the period’s most influential furniture designers were Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite (whose first name is coincidental). Contemporary furniture styles included the French Régence, Directoire and the internationally adopted Empire style (known in German-speaking nations as Biedermeier style and in…