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What’s the Best Fabric for Outdoor Furniture Cushions?

August 22, 2018

Having an outdoor space to entertain family and friends is an enjoyable way to gather and share memories. When choosing an outdoor furniture set, most buyers look for fabrics that will have great appeal while withstanding the elements. Even if your patio furniture is under an awning or another type of covering, in most cases…

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Oak furniture

How to Identify Different Types of Wood in Antique Furniture

August 14, 2018

Artisans, cabinet and furniture-makers choose different types of woods to be used in furniture for their various qualities.  With a myriad of ways to cut and stain wood, it can be difficult to determine the type of wood used in antique furniture and trace it to a specific period.  There are additional variations within each…

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Arts & Crafts Style Chair

The History & Legacy of Arts and Crafts Style Furniture

July 31, 2018

Movements in furniture construction and designed evolve through artistic interpretations and reflect the conditions of the periods in which they were conceived. Arts and Crafts style furniture, accordingly, arose in history from the immediately tangible effects of industrialization on construction. The style developed in mid-19th century Britain in answer to what a school of furniture…

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Ball and Claw Foot

A Guide to Furniture Foot Styles

June 26, 2018

When trying to identify a piece of antique furniture, you may begin  with the foot. There are over a dozen common furniture foot styles that can help you determine the approximate age and style of a chair, dining table, or chest. When you know the different types of furniture feet and their relation to different…

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Rococo Furniture History

The History of Rococo Furniture, and How to Identify It

June 15, 2018

The Rococo style of furniture and design was born against the formal and austere look of the Baroque era.  After French monarch Louis XIV’s death in 1715, Rococo-style characteristics ushered in optimism with light, feminine touches including shell and floral motifs. The Rococo era was marked by a newfound enjoyment of life, and the furniture…

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How to Identify Chippendale Furniture

May 30, 2018

Thomas Chippendale, a cabinetmaker from London, created one of the most famous furniture styles in the last three centuries.  Chippendale furniture combines gothic, Rococo, and Chinese influences to create a design motif that has gained popularity throughout the world. History’s initial wave of Chippendale furniture enjoyed popularity from 1750 to 1780, but there have also…

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Cabriole Leg

5 Furniture Leg Styles You Need to Know

May 18, 2018

Not only are furniture leg styles an integral part of the overall aesthetic and functionality of a chair or table, but different furniture leg styles can also be used to identify and date antique pieces from many eras. Furniture legs provide clues as to the manufacture date, especially when used in conjunction with foot styles.…

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Queen Anne Furniture Style

What is Queen Anne Furniture, and How Do You Spot It?

May 8, 2018

What is Queen Anne Style Furniture? Furniture made in the Queen Anne style was originally produced in the 1720s to about 1750 (the eponymous Queen Anne died in 1714). The style traveled to the United States, where it continued in production until 1800, falling within the Colonial furniture period. It’s difficult to define the characteristics…

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What’s My Chair Back Style?

May 1, 2018

There are so many chair styles; it may be confusing.  While many chair bases may seem similar, the chair back style is a defining feature and has been for centuries.  This chair style guide can help you identify your piece for purchase, restoration, and appraisal. These are some of the most common types of chair…

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Duncan Phyfe Furniture

Duncan Phyfe Furniture: History, Characteristics, & Restorations

April 24, 2018

The History of Duncan Phyfe Furniture In the United States, we have many furniture styles that have survived the centuries and still have an impact. But there are few American furniture makers we still remember today. Duncan Phyfe is an exception. Coming to the U.S. in 1784 from Scotland, he established himself as a talented…

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