5 Classic Antique Chair Styles and Their Modern-Day Counterparts
The greatest antiques will always be a true classic when it comes to furniture design and home decor. The following 5 chair styles may be the Grand-daddys of today’s chairs but,in most cases, if you look closely, you will see that not much has really changed over the years.
Queen Anne Style ca. 1725-1750
The classic of the classics. The Queen Anne style is accurately defined ad simple, elegant and comfortable. Named after Queen Anne of England who ruled from 1702 to 1714. This is considered the first of the great styles of the 18th century.
Chippendale Style ca. 1749-1770:
A style named after Thomas Chippendale. He was arguably the most famous of English cabinetmakers. The style is influenced by Dutch, French, Chinese and Gothic furniture motif. Hallmarks of Chippendale style are elaborate carvings, graceful proportions, sinuous curves and straight lines. Japanning* is also employed in some cases.
Adam Style ca.1760-1790
Named after brothers Robert and John, James and William Adam, this style encompasses much more than just furniture. The brothers were designers and architects and they designed their furniture to intrinsically fit into their projects. Knowing this, the use of architectural motif in their furniture becomes obvious.
Hepplewhite Style ca. 1783-1800
Named after cabinetmaker, George Hepplewhite, a man who is responsible for an important book called the Cabinetmaker and Upholsterers Guide – published posthumously by his widow, Alice. Hepplewhite’s designs that were slender, curvilinear and well balanced and proportioned. Some common characteristics of Hepplewhite style are curved chair arms, straight legs, shield-shape chair backs, inlayed wood, and minimal carving.
Sheraton ca. 1795-1815
Thomas Sheraton is the namesake for this style. He is regarded as the last of the great designers of the 18th century. Motif is strikingly similar to Hepplewhite and distinguishing the two can be tricky.
*Japanning: to cover (something) with a hard black varnish.
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