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Do you need a unique-looking antique piece of furniture? Perhaps considering Hepplewhiteconsole tables is worth it. Dating back to between 1780 and 1810, this kind of furniture takes its name from that of designer and furniture maker George Hepplewhite. Since it existed at the same time as the Sheraton style furniture, identifying an authentic Hepplewhite console table isn’t easy. But that’s should be none of your worries. The following are some of the obvious features of this kind of furniture.
1. The Wood
Like all the other famous furniture styles from the 17th-century, Hepplewhite pieces were distinct when it comes to the wood from which they were made. Mostly, it features contrasting veneers and bellflower or seashell inlays. That’s because they were made from more than one type of wood. The base of the table would often be made from mahogany, maple or satinwood.
However, to achieve the contrasting veneers, furniture makers preferred sycamore. Others used rosewood, birch, as well as tulipwood. In short, the furniture makers did not prefer a particular kind of wood but relied on the locally available materials. So, it is possible other types of wood were also used to make Hepplewhite Console Tables.
2. The Legs and Feet
Earlier furniture styles such as Chippendale and Queen Anne featured curving cabriole legs. Not so for Hepplewhite console tables which mostly have straight legs. Sometimes the legs are tapered or square but often they have fluted or reeded edges. This design borrows a lot from Roman and Greek architecture by imitating the classical columns on majestic buildings. Some console tables even had H-stretchers to reinforce the pieces of wood used on the legs.
Sitting under the straight, plain legs are simple feet. They have a rectangular shape and look like a spade or tapered arrows. So it is easy to identify Hepplewhite console tables when you visit an antique shop next time.
3. Other Features
You can easily tell that you are dealing with a Hepplewhite console table from its graceful and delicate appearance. Compared to Chippendale and Queen Anne furniture styles, these tables will often look and feel light. Additionally, they have embellishments of painted designs or small carvings. Distinctively, they will have intricate inlaid veneers and patterns in contrasting colors of wood.
Commonly, they are decorated using trees, classical urns, feathers, curling ribbons, and graceful swags. At that time, people were greatly in love with the neoclassical styles from previous centuries.
Possibly, you could buy authentic Hepplewhite console tables from the original era. However, since this style was revived later in the 1880s, some of the existing pieces might be from the latter years. However, the defining features of Hepplewhite furniture never went away.
They might have been mass-produced but the pieces of furniture are as collectible as those in the earlier century. Some of these pieces were made in England while others were made in the United States of America. What the craftsmen did was stay true to a style that was already popular around the world.
( Above photo - Set majestic Hepplewhite dining chairs )
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