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  • Court Cupboards: What Are They?

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    We recently acquired a heavily carved buffet from England. After some research we learned that this particular piece is known as a "court cupboard." Court cupboards were popular from the 16th century through parts of the 18th century and often featured carved oak with multiple tiers, a straight face, and angled sides. However, there is more to the history of…

  • Thomas Sheraton: The Non-Cabinetmaking Cabinetmaker

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    Thomas Sheraton was the last of the "big three" English furniture designers who wrote the famous four volume "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book." Like so many ambitious characters in history, his genius was not fully realized until after his death when his book gained widespread popularity.

  • Edwardian Antique Furniture (1901-1910)

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    So named for King Edward VII’s reign from 1901-1910, the Edwardian period continued the Victorian tradition of reviving and blending older styles. Typically, Edwardian furniture makers used mahogany, often in butterfly or quarter-veneer styles. Square tapered legs and spade feet were common. Satinwood was the favoured wood type for inlays, usually in combination with ebony. This post is the last…

  • Victorian Antique Furniture (1837-1901)

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    Named for Queen Victoria, whose reign lasted throughout the period, the Victorian period lasted from 1837 to 1901. Today, Victorian furniture is often considered the epitomized combination of orderliness and rich ornamentation. Indeed, furniture-makers at the time were so successful that succeeding styles took inspiration from the Victorian period, and even today many of the finest furniture styles (including our…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Queen Anne Antique Furniture (1702-1714)

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    Named after the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714), Queen Anne furniture saw the introduction of mahogany and the cabriole leg into English cabinetry. However, walnut remained the wood of choice for Queen Anne design. This post is the 3rd in a series of 7, continued from a discussion of Jacobean furniture.

  • Jacobean Antique Furniture (1603-1625)

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    So named for the reign of King James I (1603-1625), Jacobean furniture represents the beginning of modern English furniture and the end of all styles before that. Jacobean cabinetmakers invented the gate leg table and developed and perfected many of the basic furniture designs used today, such as fix-framed chairs and tables as well as framed chests with drawers and…

  • Medieval, Tudor and Elizabethan Antique Furniture (pre-1485, 1485-1603)

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    Anybody who knows antiques and the reproductions that follow them knows that familiarizing yourself with various furniture periods can be a big help. That's why we decided to offer our readers a few useful summaries of the major furniture periods of England, starting with one of the first. This will be the first in a series of seven posts, so…