Best of American Furniture

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mid-sleeper-pull-out-desk-antique-with-lilac-details-30American furniture are rare to find outside the United States and are due to their rarity sold very expensive a high price for collectors. There is not much difference in their styles and their designs and decorations of a European. The difference between Europe and the Americans is that Americans used the local woods like apple, cherry and maple besides the walnut and mahogany.

Very few American furniture is seen outside the United States, and the majority of English and Continental museums, large and small, has none. The (American or British) reader may be interested to know how it differs from the European. Occasionally the pieces are in English homes, where they were brought by settlers returned, and when offered at auction is to bring high prices items compared English only. This higher valuation is justified by the fact that old American furniture is rarer than English, much is already in museums in the United States, and there are many collectors who wish to compete for each piece.

American furniture of the seventeenth century, similar in England some fifty years before, and this time delay has to be continued through most of the eighteenth century present. But in 1800 more or less, with better conditions in the new country and better transportation across the Atlantic, there was little difference between the inside of a house Fashion New York and London. When it is expected that the first settlers of New England, the British Isles that the furniture was made for him remembering how his homeland. As it was, but local variations occurred very soon. For example, the great Jacobins was chair tube constantly copied in America and remained popular during the eighteenth century, but instead fills in the back with a panel of caning often it was a quantity number given in the form and it was the “banister- back of the chair,

Similarly kneehole offices and chest when it became fashionable in mahogany, English style front line were made in Newport, Rhode Island, with a “front block calls, a kind of failure before serpentine one or more “blocks” plates carved with a sunbeam or shell. Such variations on the designs of London was in the popular village where they were made, but are not widely used. the different districts had each specialty had been resolved but the most notable was certainly the furniture made in Philadelphia. Basically, through the design of English eighteenth century, these chests, tables, chairs and other pieces were different with sculptures and fretwork in a style that work clearly in London They are.

Later in the first half of the nineteenth century, an American version of Sheraton furniture was very popular. The best known examples are the work of Duncan Phyfe, who had emigrated from Scotland, whose name is probably the best known of all that American cabinetmaker. Born in 1768, he died in the year. 1854

In addition to pieces in the cities made American collectors eagerly seek old furniture country made, and there is great interest in Windsor chairs and similar pieces are very similar to European originals. Indeed eighteenth century German settlers in eastern Pennsylvania versions of their furniture as “Pennsylvania German” or “Dutch1 Pennsylvania especially in bright fruit woods, and are also very popular in the United States.

A significant difference in cabinet making on both sides of the Atlantic in the woods that were used. such as apple, cherry and maple: Much of the furniture was made in America from local woods. Nogal was in use in some districts had much returned after mahogany elsewhere in fashion, and Pennsylvania was the main wood until about 1850. So there’s a piece of American furniture in a recognizable style reproduction Chippendale but instead is made of mahogany, as expected, it is in walnut, or even cherry wood. Some cabinets are different in the so-called America as they are in England. Four of the most important are:

Lowboy is a modern word to describe what we call in England a dressing table; a low table with drawers and equipped to pink.
Highboy: a low platform, but also a chest of drawers on top.

It is described in England as a chest of drawers: the English office or office is in the United States known as “tipping reception.”

pending receipt with a top shelf: it is called in England an office-library
Besides Duncan Phyfe, mentioned above, another important cabinet are:
William Savery, of Philadelphia (1721-1787). John Townsend and his brother John Goddard, Newport, Rhode Island (both lived about 1730-1785).
John Cogswell, Boston (ca. 1769-1818).

In the American furniture we can find a recognizable rendering of Chippendale style, but is made of mahogany, as expected, it is in walnut, or even cherry wood. And unlike other American and European style is their naming. The American called dress table as “Lowboy low as office ‘highboy’ as” inclined front office “, etc.

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