©2006 Publications International Chair and table legs exhibit many of the features that distinguish furniture styles; the leg is usually a good indicator of type.Early Georgian furniture is based on Queen Anne; later styles show classic influence.
Late 19th century Woods used: Mahogany, walnut, rosewood Description: heavy, massive, substantial; dark finish; clumsy dessign; ornate carvings and decorations; marble tops used.
The following criteria will help you determine if your old furniture is an American-made antique.
Early Colonial 17th century Woods used: Pine; birch, maple, walnut Description: Hybrid of English styles; square lines; solid construction; heavy decoration and carving.
The following criteria will help you determine if your old furniture is an English-made antique.
Early 18th century Woods used: Walnut, also, cherry, mahogany, maple and oak.
Description: Graceful curves, curved (cabriole) leg, with no rungs or stretchers; minimal decoration, very simple; scallop-shell mount.
Late 18th century Woods used: Mahogany Description: Elaboration of Queen Anne; ornate carvings, either delicate or bold; many themes, including rococo, English, Chinese, Greek classic; intricate chair backs.
Late 18th century Woods used: Mahogany Description: Straight, slender lines; heavy Greek classic influence; fluted columns; delicate low-relief carvings, especially draped garlands.
Late 18th century Woods used: Mahogany; satinwood inlay/veneer Desscription: Based on Adam; straight tapered legs; shield- oval-, or heart-shaped chair backs; less decoration; delicate carvings.