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(Above photo - Pair Regency Console Tables )
Antique ebonized furniture can help you decorate your home and highlight some of its best features. This type of furniture is made from black-stained wood that looks elegant when gold plating and light-colored inlays are used with it.
Even though furniture makers began to ebonize furniture in the 16th century, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the practice became popular. From 1875 to 1885, there was an aesthetic movement in Britain and America that led to the revival of ebonizing.
Antique ebonized furniture could be from different eras, including the Regency, Victorian, and Art Deco periods. This article discusses the different types of ebonized furniture in greater detail to help you choose the best.
1. Regency Ebonized Furniture
During the Regency period, designers ebonized furniture to give it the distinctive black look of ebony. They picked woods like cherry, oak, and walnut, and applied iron acetate to give it the distinctive black look.
Regency Designers used ebonized wood to create all types of furniture pieces, including lounge chairs, accent tables, dining chairs, side chairs, mirrors, etageres, armoires, etc. Buyers who couldn’t afford genuine ebony furniture ended up with ebonized pieces.
During the Regency period, furniture makers favored the use of bright lacquer against the dark ebonized wood. Besides the obvious lacquer, cabinet door and drawer knobs were made of brass of bronze. They stood out distinctively against the black background.
(Above photo - Victorian dining chairs )
2. Victorian Ebonized Furniture
The Victorian era of furniture making started in 1837 and lasted to 1901. Within that period, designers sought to revive some of the older furniture styles. One of the practices they brought back is ebonizing lighter wood to give it a distinctive black color.
They created different types of furniture using ebonized wood and in different types of retro styles. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to find Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Renaissance Revival, Classic Revival, and Arts and Crafts furniture.
Since this was the beginning of the industrial age, it was easier for furniture makers to mass-produce ebonized furniture. Some of the most common pieces produced at that time include tables, cabinets, chairs, desks, etc. Many of these pieces had gilding, which created an attractive contrast.
(Above photo - Art Deco Console Table )
3. Art Deco Ebonized Furniture
The Art Deco movement began in the 1920s. Therefore, some of the ebonized antique furniture will likely come from this era. The furniture created at this time had simple geometric shapes and fine lines.
Antique ebonized furniture in the Art Deco style was usually gilded to provide a contrast between dark and bright colors. On Art Deco cabinets, gilding helped emphasize the fine lines which were one of the main features of the era.
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