Relevant categories: Dining Sets,Cabinets and Chests,Dining Tables,Dining Chairs
(Above photo - Victorian Antiques from Canonbury Antiques )
The Victorian period, which lasted between 1837 and 1901, was defined by some of the best-designed pieces of furniture. Yet, it is hard to tell apart the authentic Victorian antiques from the rest. In this article, we discuss some of the questions you need to ask when you go looking for Victorian antique furniture pieces.
What Type of Wood Is It?
(Above photo - Victorian Dining Table and Set Hepplewhite Chairs Mahogany Set )
The commonly used types of wood during the Victorian era included flamed mahogany and walnut. Because of these types of wood, furniture pieces like nursing chairs, armchairs, and so on featured an increasingly decorative look. More significant pieces of furniture such as sideboards, bookcases, dining tables, and drawers mainly featured mahogany. No matter the piece of furniture in question, the designers would apply flame veneers for a grander appearance. When making chairs, the designers would use solid mahogany or walnut on the legs.
How Did The Chairs Look Like?
Several types of chairs were produced during the Victorian period. One of the most common is the Spoon Back armchair. Just as the name suggests, this chair had a back that was shaped more like a spoon. The curvaceous design was a complete departure from the squared backrest of the Edwardian chairs. On the legs, the chairs had carvings that created a more cabriole appearance.
Another example is the nursing chair, which had a backrest like that of the spoon chair. The only difference is that it didn’t have arms. Its lower stature made it a favorite when it comes to feeding newborns. Then there is the balloon back chair, which best acted as a dining chair. An upholster was usually put on the seat and not the back.
How do Victorian Antique Tables Look Like?
(Above photo - Victorian Dining Table Antique Extending Circa 1850 )
Tables during the Victorian era featured several designs, thus making it a little bit difficult to pinpoint. Different types of wood were used to make Victorian tables, depending on the purpose of the piece of furniture. For that reason, writing desks, hall tables, and consoles often featured elegant mahogany. Another common type of wood was satinwood, rosewood, and walnut, which were preferred for making game tables as well as center tables. The legs were mostly slender and straightforward. Most of the tables had rounded corners just like the chests.
What Are The Common Features Of Victorian Chests?
The distinctive features of Victorian chests make them extremely easy to recognize. At that time, designers designed either square fronted or bow-fronted chests. Most chests were made from mahogany or pine. The feet for the chests were blocked or bun feet. The drawers featured knob pulls rather than metal swing handles—for example, the Scottish chest, which was produced in Scotland.
So, what kinds of Victorian antiques are you looking for? If you follow the guidelines provided in this write-up, you should be able to find what you want. An expert will help you when looking for precise characteristics in a piece of furniture. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
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