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Early American Furniture

Furniture History

Have you ever wondered about furniture history?  Migrants from Europe sailed the Atlantic in search of a new beginning in America. As a result, they naturally carried with them the trades and crafts with which they could build a future. As furniture craftsmen began applying native European styles and construction methods in a new North American context, how would Americans respond? Was the taste for classic European furniture styles over? Therefore the genesis of early American furniture was underway.

The “Jacobean” period (1680-1720), during which King James ruled in England, featured furniture with dovetailed construction, solid Oak wood and heavy brass hardware. The style would be known as the “Pilgrim Century” period once it was brought to America. Therefore favoring a simpler approach.

Similarly, the “William and Mary”, “Queen Mary” and “Chippendale” periods (1700-1800) found their way from Europe to the new frontier. Therefore becoming the “Early Colonial”, “Colonial” and “Late Colonial” periods. Many of the stylistic advancements of this time survived the move to America. Examples are the claw-and-ball foot, Ogee edge, game table and S-curve chair back.  Unfortunately, the use of Mahogany wood did not, toning down the ornate styles to suit American tastes.

Furniture History

 

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