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Chatelaine's Art, Antiques, Collectibles & Appraisals Magazine > Antique Furniture Index
Furniture includes objects such as tables, chairs, beds, and cabinets. Styles range from Chippendale to Heyward-Wakefield, Victorian to modern.
Chatelaine's Art Antiques and Appraisals Magazine brings together dozens of specialist collectors and dealers to provide free information and resources

 


1950's In Vogue

LCM Chair designed by Charles Eames, 1946* 1950s Furniture - Mid-century modern classics are some of the most sought-after furniture collectibles today but are increasingly difficult to find. Their eclectic designs by noted architects and designers from the 1940s and 50s are examples of modern art you can sit, dine, or lounge on — and they mix well in almost any décor.

* Mid-Century Modern Furniture
- Mid-century modern classics are some of the most sought-after furniture collectibles today but are increasingly difficult to find. Their eclectic designs by noted architects and designers from the 1940s and 50s are examples of modern art you can sit, dine, or lounge on — and they mix well in almost any décor.



We love Art Deco & Art Nouveau at Chatelaine's Antiques

* 1930s & Art Deco Bookcases - Storing books wasn't much of a problem for most people before this century; they didn't have enough books to make it worthwhile. In the 1930s, though, bookcases were in the forefront of modern design ideas.

* Art Deco Console Tables
- Console tables were a common sight in the hallways of 1930s houses and flats. Functional and compact, they seemed to be typically sleek and graceful products of the contemporary art deco style, but had roots planted much deeper in the past.

* Art Deco Dressing Tables
- The 1920s and 1930s were decades where surface sheen and glamour were valued more than anything else. This was true of ladies' fashions and of furniture alike, and where the two came together, as in the dressing table, something radically new was created.

* 1930s & Art Deco Kitchen Furniture
- Between the wars, social changes and new ideas on food preparation combined to create a radically different style of kitchen.

* Art Deco Wardrobes
- As the tallest and most striking piece of bedroom furniture, wardrobes set the tone of the whole room, and in the years between the wars there were plenty of styles to choose from.

Exotic furniture from Asia and the Middle East

* Indian Furniture - During the centuries of British rule in India, local skills and materials combined with European tastes to create a type of hybrid furniture particularly suited to leisure use.

* Islamic Furniture from the Middle East
- The Islamic world, and especially the Middle East, developed its own traditions of furniture making. Many of its highly decorated products have found their way into non-Islamic markets.

* Japanese Furniture - Japanese culture developed in splendid isolation for centuries. The furniture used by its people evolved into styles that are at the same time very practical and - to Western eyes at least - exotically beautiful.

Chair and ottoman designed by Eero Saarinen, 1948* Ottoman Furniture - The practical and adaptable ottoman was a popular piece of furniture in the 19th century, when it added a touch of the exotic to many different interiors.

* Chinese Furniture - There are two basic traditions in Chinese furniture. In the south of China, with its warm, semi-tropical climate, bamboo and lacquerwork hold sway. Pieces like this, imported to Europe since the 16th century, have helped to define oriental furniture in Western eyes.

* Chinese Lacquer Furniture
- A valued material in China for more than 1,000 years, lacquer was introduced to the West in the 17th century and inspired a fashion for oriental styles that flourished in the Georgian period.

Louis XV & Louis XVI & French Furniture

A Louis XV slant-front bureau, circa 1760.* Louis XV & XVI Furniture: Understanding the Obsession - During the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, a deluge of furniture was produced by Parisian and Provincial ébénistes (artisans specializing in veneered furniture) and menuisiers (artisans specializing in carved furniture).  Ever since, these ornate works have been highly prized; today, a privileged few private collectors and museums from around the globe vie for premium pieces at premium prices.

* Louis XV & XVI Furniture Defined
- During the reign of Louis XV (1723-1774), influences from the previous Régence period were lavishly embellished upon by Parisian furniture-makers, resulting in a voluptuous, unrestrained style.


* Directoire Furniture: 1790s France - Stylish, versatile, utilitarian furniture that's sought-after by collectors? Thinking 1950s Eames? Try 1790s France.

Swan Sofa Chaise Lounge.
* Chiases lounge - The French term 'chaise longue', or lounge, literally long chair, was first used in the middle of the 18th century, but the idea of a piece of furniture on which you could recline during the day goes back a century further, to the time when bedrooms were first formally separated from the rest of the house.

* Commode Confusion - "Commode" comes from the French word for "convenient." Strictly speaking, it's the French name for a chest of drawers.

Watch out for Fake & Reproduction Furniture

* Fake & Reproduction Furniture - Ever since old furniture began to attract high prices, there have been people - some highly skilled, others crude tricksters - who have been prepared to boost their income by fooling buyers.

* Reproduction Furniture - Reproduction furniture, either fresh from the factory or second-hand, provides an affordable alternative to antiques when you're creating a period interior

Chairs & Seating

* All about Chairs - The evolution of furniture styles is clearly reflected in the design of chairs. The shape and material used to form the back can give you clues to the period and provenance of any chair.

* Edwardian Side Chairs - The Edwardian period was one of the most varied in the history of English furniture making, and this is nowhere more apparent than in the extraordinary range of contemporary chair designs.

* Lounge Furniture - A sofa and two armchairs would have left most of the Victorian family standing up, but smaller families this century mean suites have come into their own. Although upholstered suites of a sofa and two armchairs have been made since the 18th century, they only really came into their own in the 20th century.

* Upholstered Chairs
- Although commonplace today, upholstered furniture was once rare and highly prized, and these older pieces can be very collectable.

* Early Dining Furniture - Dining chairs were very much a novelty at the start of the 18th century, but those produced in the next 100 years set the styles for the centuries to come.

* Windsor furniture - The timeless appeal of Windsor chairs allows them to harmonize with all but the most modern interiors.

* Smokers Bow Chair
- Beginning as a bumble country piece, a more comfortable cousin of the Windsor chair, the smoker's bow evolved a variety of styles in the 19th century.

* Wing Chairs
- The design of the wing chair, with its high side wings, was intended to protect the sitter from side draughts in a well padded, comfortable, upright armchair.

* Adjustable Chairs - Chairs with adjustable backs were a relatively late development of the easy chair, which was itself an essentially Victorian creation. Before about 1830, lolling about in a comfortable chair was considered unacceptably slack behaviour in polite company.

 

 

 


FURNITURE CARE & REPAIRS

* Appraising Wood Furniture - While worm holes can be treated and filled, they're often viewed as evidence of the long life of a piece of antique furniture. One interesting note: Some modern furniture manufacturers actually synthesized worm holes to make their pieces look older.

* Cleaning Wicker Furniture - Whether you have rattan, reed, willow, or bamboo, you should clean your wicker furniture on a regular basis.

* Protecting Antique Chairs (Windsor & Chippendales) -
Antique chairs typically sell at auction for thousands of dollars — Sotheby's recently sold an 18th-century Chippendale easy chair for $1,900. So it's no wonder that some antique chair owners would rather display their chairs than sit on them.

* Scratches in Wood Furniture -
American furniture collectors are usually pretty darn picky when it comes to condition. There's very little American furniture out there, so they like it raw -- in its original form.

* Waxing Wood Furniture -
Waxing maintains the finish of wood furniture and protects your investment.  Two coats of blended furniture wax, such as Butcher's or Goddard's, take little work and won't ruin the patina of a well-aged piece. 

* Furniture Knowledge
- Imagine stumbling across an old table at garage sale, taking it home for a mere $25, only to find out later it's an antique card table from the late 1700s! Well, that's exactly what happened to a schoolteacher in New Jersey.

* Antique Furniture Price Guides
- This incredibly thorough book includes every important style that marked society, including Renaissance, Charles V and Phillip II, Regence, Louis XVI, Directoire, Rococo, Empire, Victorian, Art Nouveau and others, complete with intricate details allowing a rigorous identification of each object

Painted pine chest, c.1880* Restoring Antique Painted Chests - Some of the oldest painted chests were made during the late 18th and early 19th century in Pennsylvania and in the Carolinas. They've been popular ever since, and still bring thousands of dollars at auctions and antiques shops.

* French Polishing Furniture
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French polishing - which produces a beautiful deep shine - has always been surrounded by mystique. Yet, with a little practice, any competent amateur can achieve good results
* French Polishing Furniture # 2
- French polish is applied with a 'rubber', which is made by wrapping a piece of unmedicated cotton wool in a lint-free piece of soft cotton or linen cloth, such as a man's cotton handkerchief or a piece of cotton sheet.
* French Polishing Furniture # 3
- The secret of French polishing is to carefully repeat the simple steps time and again to build up the layers and the shine.
* French Polishing Furniture # 4
- French polishing is a process of building up coat after coat of polish; it is important to rub down any flaws as you go and to bring out the gloss with a final application of meths.

* Repairing Marquetry Furniture
- An attractive item of furniture in fine wood with marquetry decoration is a conversation piece and sets off other antiques. It is well worth restoring the marquetry to achieve this effect.

* Repairing Parquetry Furniture
- Time, patience and the right tools and materials are the key to a good invisible repair on your prized piece of parquetry.

* Furniture Restoration - What to look for
- Restoration can be very expensive and you may be unhappy with the end result, so it is well worth finding a good restorer fixing a price and being very clear about what you want done.

* Repairing Split Wood Furniture
- A split can easily ruin an otherwise good piece of furniture, but you can often carry out repairs with simple equipment and methods.

* Stripping Wood
- By using one of the relatively simple methods of stripping wood, you can often transform an old piece of junk furniture, repainted or varnished, into an attractive and useful item in the home.

* Waxing Furniture
- Give your old wooden furniture a new lease of life with a traditional wax finish. It is effective and very easy to do.

* Furniture handle and knobs - More than just a functional device, drawer and cupboard handles or knobs can provide both a decorative fillip to a piece of furniture and useful clues in dating it.

* Drawer knobs and handles
- Sooner or later the knob of a drawer on a valued piece of furniture will come away in your hand; fixing it back, or replacing it, is a fairly straightforward operation.

AUCTION TIPS

gavel* Five eBay Listing Tips - You've finally cleaned your attic and found boxes of old collectibles — simply collecting dust. What do you do? Go to eBay, of course, where your family treasures might just boost the family income.
* Importing Your Online Purchases
- It's wonderful how online auctions have opened markets and brought buyers and sellers together from all over the world. But be careful. Customs fees and other import laws can make buying objects from overseas a lot more complicated than you might expect.
* Maximizing Your Auction Profits
- eBay and other online auctions are rapidly becoming some of the most popular venues for selling antiques, collectibles, and art. In fact, eBay boasts 600,000 new items listed for auctions every day. With all that traffic, it's easy to imagine how your object might get lost in the crowd.
* Bidding for the Novice
- Bidding can be tricky, but well-informed auction watchers are more likely to get what they want at the right price. If you're a novice, here are a few strategies that make for savvy, successful bidding on the Web
* When to Get an Appraisal
- People often use appraisals to help insure an object or collection against damage and theft. Some people get everything appraised. Others only get appraisals of objects that are worth thousands of dollars. They're willing to risk losing pieces worth a few hundred dollars.
* Selling by Consignment
- When it's time to let possessions go, what's the best way in to do it?
* Fakes Sell in Online, Offline Auctions
* Anatomies of the Frauds

 

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* Biedermeier Furniture
- Biedermeier furniture made after about 1840 tended to be more elaborate than earlier pieces. After 1860, the style merged into English mid-Victorian, and lost its distinctive features. Biedermeier style has continued to be influential, though, particularly so in Scandinavia, and has often been revived.

A Louis XV slant-front bureau, circa 1760.* Bureau cabinets - Secretaire and bureau bookcases and cabinets often brought out the best in 18th-century cabinetmakers, and include some of the most well-designed and handsome furniture of any period

* Card Tables - As card games were transformed over time from a raffish pursuit to a respectable pastime, handsome tables were created to play on. Before the second half of the 17th century, card playing was seen as an essentially disreputable activity and was largely confined to taverns.

A Louis XV provincial walnut <br>commode, mid-18th century.* Chest of Drawers - Though essentially a practical piece of furniture, a chest of drawers can also be a very handsome one, a showpiece of the decorative techniques popular at the time it was made.

* Cheval Mirror
- The cheval glass became popular in Britain towards the end of the 18th century, and had its heyday in the Regency period, when the cult of fashionable dressing rose to dizzying new heights of vanity and complex etiquette.

* Children's Furniture
- From miniature versions of adult styles to functional high-chair designs, chairs made specially for small children are a fascinating byway in the history of furniture.

* Clothes Presses - The clothes press, the forerunner of the modern-day wardrobe, was a very practical piece of furniture. It was developed in the early 1600s when cloth was a relatively expensive and fragile commodity and clothes had to be very carefully stored.

* Cocktail Cabinets
- Cocktail cabinets were a creation of the 1920s, and embody the sleek glamorous style of the Jazz Age.

* Dating Furniture
- An increasing demand for cheap and mid-market furniture, along with a growing reliance on machines, created a bewildering variety of styles in the late 19th century

* Footstools or Foot Stools - Padded and upholstered footstools are humble pieces, but they have a long history, and can be found in a wide range of woods and styles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


George IV flat top desk, ca. 1825-1840* Buying Desks - Over the years, writing desks have taken many forms, some more valuable than others, and they have become one of the most commonly faked and altered pieces of furniture.

Dumbwaiter Furniture* Dumbwaiters or dumb waiter furniture - The dumbwaiter, a peculiarly British piece of furniture, was introduced in the 18th century to prevent servants from eavesdropping on the gossip, intrigue and scandal of their masters.

* A True Eastlake Table?
- Eastlake refers to Charles Eastlake. He was an English architect, writer, and designer who set out to combine comfort and convenience. His furniture became fashionable between 1860 and 1900.

* Empire Revival Furniture
- Empire revival is a very complicated term. It's used to describe furniture made during the late 19th-century throughout Europe and the United States.

* Folding Furniture
- The increasing pursuit of outdoor leisure in the late 19th and early 20th century led to the creation of ranges of lightweight collapsible furniture based on military styles.

Cast-iron Boston Panel armchairs* Garden Furniture
- Both decorative and functional, antique garden furniture brings a touch of 19th-century romanticism to the gardens, lawns and patios of the early 21st century.

* Hall Furniture
- First introduced in grand houses for the convenience, but not necessarily the comfort, of visitors and servants, the hall chair later became a status symbol in middle-class homes

* Hall Stands
- Although it was invented for essentially practical reasons, the hall stand had great symbolic value for the Victorians. Standing in the entrance, it set the tone for the whole house.

* Jacobethan Furniture
- While the rich and the fashionable were exploring the modern lines of art deco, those living in the new suburbs were looking to the past for inspiration in furnishing their homes.

* Music Canterburies
- Made as a response to a real and pressing need, canterburies became standard items of furniture in the 19th century, and the craftsmanship put into creating them makes them very collectable today.

* Octagonal Furniture
- The eight-sided table has been a constantly recurring theme in the history of furniture, although it has never been a dominant one.

George IV flat top desk, ca. 1825-1840* Pedestal Desks, executive office desks
- Originally created for libraries and grand houses, the pedestal desk has proved such a useful piece of furniture that its classical lines can now be enjoyed in more modestly sized homes


 


 


The table in question. It sold for $541,000.* Regency Sideboard Furniture - The studied elegance and stylishness of late 18th and early 19th century cabinet making reached a peak in the design of the sideboard, then a relatively new piece of furniture.

* School Desks
- Relatively few of the simple and solidly constructed school desks of the 19th century have survived, but examples in good condition are to be cherished.

* Serving trolleys
- The humble serving trolley is a 20th-century piece of furniture, which owes its existence to the changing social scene and different lifestyles in Britain after World War 1.

The table in question. It sold for $541,000.* Side Tables - Small tables, made to be placed against a wall, were an important part of the High Victorian style of cluttered interior decoration.

* Swedish Furniture
- Scandinavia's northern pine forests provided the raw material for the development of a long-lasting traditional style whose influence spread worldwide in the 20th century.

American tallcase clocks -- even antiques like this from the early 19th century -- need 
 very little care.* Tallcase, Longcase & Grandfather Clocks - Made in England or America from the mid-18th century through the end of the 19th century, tallcase clocks require little attention and are very trouble free.

* Tall Chests aka Tallboy or Tall Boy
- During the Georgian period, storage furniture got larger and larger to match the proportions of the high-ceiling rooms of fine contemporary houses.

* Travelling Chests
- Military and Wellington chests were originally developed for intrepid travellers, but also make handsome domestic furniture.

* Wash stands - Over a period of 200 years, washstands went from being a genteel luxury to a mass-produced commodity, reflecting changing tastes and social attitudes on the way

* Cane & Wicker Furniture
- Cane and wicker, two pliable yet durable materials that can be woven rather than joined, have long been used to make practical, lightweight furniture.

* The History of Wicker - The word wicker is believed to be of Scandinavian origin: wika which means to bend in Swedish, and vikker meaning willow. Wicker is not a material in itself, but rather an overall classification of furniture woven from any one of a variety of materials.

* Wooden Beds
- From the huge, panelled constructions of the late Middle Ages to light, elegant and tastefully decorated Edwardian pieces, beds have reflected the social status of their owners as well as contemporary furniture styles.

George IV flat top desk, ca. 1825-1840* Writing Desks - Ladies' writing desks offer an elegant reminder of not too distant times when the work of servants left the lady of the house with ample time for correspondence

 

We recommend these Antique Furniture books, available for shipment worldwide from Amazon:

Field Guide to American Antique Furniture/a Unique Visual System for Identifying the Style of Virtually Any Piece of American Antique Furniture
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