European antique furniture can be a source of fascination in the study and history of how we became ensconced in style and design.
Fact 1 – History
Initially, humans were nomads and they only starting making furniture when they settled in one placed. Previous to that, they merely utilized objects provided in nature.
Fact 2 - Ownership
Prior to the year 1600 it was only the master and the mistress of the household who were permitted to sit on chairs. Servants and staff were only allowed to sit on benches or stools.
Fact 3 - Queen Anne (1725-1755)
Queen Anne style furniture is mainly characterized by its refined scrolling used on the backs and legs of furniture. Cabriole legs were favorable during this era and the seats were a hoops shape.
Fact 4 - Chippendale (1755-1790)
Highly popular in today’s market Chippendale furniture is characterized by Gothic style arches, scrolls and clawed feet. Chippendale furniture is usually exclusively made from mahogany wood.
Fact 5 – Veneering
Dutch and Flemish furniture craftsmen introduced the concept of veneer into furniture when they began working in London, England, during midst of the ‘Restoration’ period.
Quartered veneer became popular until around 1710. This incorporated four equal pieces of identical veneer being laid out in a pattern, spreading from the center of the piece to create a four way mirrored effect in the pattern.