We do not sell reproductions or use cheap modern spray finishes. History of Antique Furniture – A Guide to Antique Dining Tables In terms of the antique dining tables available today we perhaps think as far back as the 16th Century for primitive plank top refectory tables but of coarse the civilised Worlds of ancient history have always built tables for dining. Perhaps the very first were smooth flat rocks used by our cave dwelling ancestors? Generally speaking the further we look back in recent centuries the rarer the table and hence greater the price. Fortunately, in terms of budget, many of these early refectory tables were revived copied at later dates and have survived in greater numbers. By the mid 18th Century our seafaring merchants were importing highly fashionable exotic timbers and mahogany became the most desirable choice for cabinet makers and their clients. The transition from a mixed period of construction of earlier primitive design and cleaner Georgian designs during the early 18th Century soon became nearly exclusively formal designs during George II reign due to the enormous influence of Thomas Chippendale and his piers.
We look at the design of various types of furniture and furnishings, the interior architecture , as well as materials and techniques, plus some of the main designers. Menuiserie or Ebenisterie During the 16th century furniture was the province of the menuisier who worked in solid wood. The nearest English equivalent to the term is ‘carpenter and joiner’, but this is not entirely satisfactory. At this time the technique of inlaying, extremely fashionable in Italy, was in France the province of the menuisier, but when it was replaced by more sophisticated techniques such as veneering and marquetry in the early years of the 17th century, the most skilled menuisiers became known as ebenistes, a term often translated as ‘cabinet-maker’ which again is not strictly accurate.
For almost a decade after the Georgian period, manufacturers started to produce furniture with castors made from cast iron. Although wooden castors are still manufactured, most of the surviving furniture made during this era which is available in.
Its soft, rich color palette in the medallion and background will coordinate beautifully with a multitude of fabric designs and colors. This rug is of the highest quality and in excellent condition. When in our Showrooms looking at furniture and accessories, many customers have expressed an interest in our collection of antique Persian rugs.
We, therefore, decided to offer when available only the finest and most authentic reproductions. Unlike original 19th and 20th century Persian rugs, the cost is not prohibitive and unlike other reproductions in the marketplace today, this rug is not a cartoon like adaptation. Width 6 Feet and Length 9 Feet. Made of mahogany with a turned post and cabriole legs, this piece is the perfect fireplace accessory. Made of fine mahogany, in the English Rococo style, this wine case is double tiered to accomodate 12 square decanters Model CW6.
The upper tray has delicately crested sides and lifts up when unlocked to access the lower tray. The legs have sturdy brass casters for ease of mobility.
Antique Claw Foot Tables Casters are a great addition to antique chairs because they help protect the chair legs and keep them in good shape. When chairs are dragged across the floor it can cause the joints between the legs and the seats to become loose. Wheeled casters eliminate this problem.
Furniture Casters and Wheels. Furniture casters are wheels that attach to the leg of a piece of furniture, allowing it to roll. Stem casters mount inside furniture legs, while cup casters support the leg inside a sturdily constructed cup. Made from solid brass with wheels available in brass, wood, rubber or porcelain.
Purpose[ edit ] The Companies were originally formed to guarantee that a Member was trustworthy and fully qualified, and that the goods they produced were of reputable quality, the two-fold aim being to protect the Public and to protect members from charlatans. Entry[ edit ] Entry to a Livery Company may be by one of four routes: This is now rare.
In earlier days, someone wishing to enter such a trade would bind themselves apprentice to a Member of their chosen trade. As such, he was required to do precisely as he was instructed, and it was almost a form of slavery – but the apprentice did learn his trade, and his Master was required to provide such training that, at the end of the apprenticeship usually seven years the apprentice would be sufficiently knowledgeable to become a Member – and he became a free man of the City of London – free of the obligations of apprenticeship.
Generally, a Member’s sons born after he became a Member were entitled to become Members; recently, most Livery Companies also allow the same privilege to daughters.
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Wood Wood is the material most often used for making furniture. Although there are over a hundred different kinds that can be used for furniture, some woods have natural properties that make them superior to the others. A relatively cheap material, wood lends itself to various kinds of treatment; for example, it can be stained, painted, gilded, and glued. It can be shaped by means of hand- or power-operated cutting and drilling tools.
Heated, it can be bent to a certain extent into a predetermined shape and thereafter will retain the shape.
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You’ll also be signed up to receive e-newsletters from Antique Trader and partners. In the 18th century, carpet and other floor coverings were in much less general use than in the 20th century and as such, floor care did not consist of carpet sweeping so much as the mopping of wooden or stone floors. Brass casters and forks or porcelain wheels served as lifts to keep the furniture off the floors during mopping so if the piece did get wet, it was the brass wheels and not the wood that had to deal with the moisture.
The small wheels also were useful in moving heavier pieces small distances around the floor for cleaning purposes. But that was then, and things are different now. Carpeting and area rugs have been in general use for most of this century so the floor thing is no longer a valid reason for wheels. The truth is, I think, wheels just became a stylistic item with no real function other than to emulate earlier period styles.
Then Art Deco added wheels in some cases as purely style innovations for they were not emulating anybody!
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How to Date Furniture by Casters By Ann Johnson ; Updated April 12, Furniture casters are viewed as a convenience that helps us move furniture so we can vacuum or rearrange the room. Yet, casters sometimes had more to do with lighting than housekeeping or design. Casters were fit on the legs of desks to allow the desk to be moved around the room to capture the changing sunlight throughout the day. Another use for casters is to estimate the date of the furniture.
During the 16th century furniture was the province of the menuisier who worked in solid wood. The nearest English equivalent to the term is ‘carpenter and joiner’, but this is not entirely satisfactory. At this time the technique of inlaying, extremely fashionable in Italy, was in France the.
This magnificent Neoclassic reproduction of a Boston table, circa , was designed to be portable and store compactly. Made of figurative mahogany with extensive reeding, this table has two gates supported by tapered columnar posts and splayed legs with brass paw feet and casters. This is a perfect table for intimate dining. Previously made by Kittinger as a Model CW This particular dining table is the first made by Kittinger for the Colonial Williamsburg Reproduction Program and, therefore, is extremely rare.
It is available with one or two 24″ leaves for seating of up to eight or ten, respectively. The end sections can be used separately as console tables or stored upright thus allowing the center section to be used for more intimate dining or gaming. Its truly elegant Queen Anne style provides the ultimate in dining luxury. Made of solid mahogany, this table has no veneering, and comes with two, 24″ leaves for additional seating.
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Mesopotamia In the museum at Baghdad, in the British Museum , and in the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia are finely executed objects in beaten copper from the royal graves at Ur modern Tall al-Muqayyar in ancient Sumer. This relief illustrates the high level of art and technical skill attained by the Sumerians in the days of the 1st dynasty of Ur c.
The malleability of unalloyed copper, which renders it too soft for weapons, is peculiarly valuable in the formation of vessels of every variety of form; and it has been put to this use in almost every age. Copper domestic vessels were regularly made in Sumer during the 4th millennium bc and in Egypt a little later. Egypt From whatever source Egypt may have obtained its metalworking processes, Egyptian work at a remote period possesses an excellence that, in some respects, has never been surpassed.
Throughout Egyptian history, the same smiths who worked in the precious metals worked also in copper and bronze.
WILLIAMSBURG DINING TABLE BY BAKER FURNITURE CO. This magnificent Neoclassic reproduction of a Boston table, circa , was designed to be portable and store compactly.
Purpose[ edit ] Training and industry[ edit ] The companies were originally formed, starting in the 12th century, to guarantee that a member was trustworthy and fully qualified, and that the goods they produced were of reputable quality, the two-fold aim being to protect the public and to protect members from charlatans.
Many were formed up until the 17th century, when political upheaval and the growth of London around the City meant the companies, which only controlled trade in the City itself, began to struggle to compete. From the s however, there was a revival, with the companies extending their original educational purpose to technical education, supporting new industries and providing the training necessary to them, most notably the City and Guilds of London Institute.
Today, they support both their members, and wider charitable aims and activities, including those supporting education and training. The senior members of the livery companies, i. This is now rare. In earlier days, someone wishing to enter such a trade would bind themselves apprentice to a member of their chosen trade.