Antique Furniture

The earliest furniture was understandably very primitive and only practical, but gradually the furniture also began to have more importance and it became decorated. At this point, furniture became an early status symbol. Wealthy homeowners became more refined and demanded that their funishings reflect their status and lifestyles.

Some of the earliest extant furniture has been excavated from the 8th-century B.C. Phrygian tumulus, the Midas Mound, in Gordion, Turkey. Pieces found here include tables and inlaid serving stands. There are also surviving works from the 9th-8th-century B.C. Assyrian palace of Nimrud. Antique furniture also includes furniture from the following ages:

       Medieval
       Elizabethan  
       Jacobean            
       Restoration
       William & Mary
     
 Queen
       Early Georgian
       Mid Georgian
       Late Georgian
       Early Victorian
       Mid Victorian
       Late Victorian
       Modernist & Art Deco 

These come under the antique furniture from England. There is also American antique furniture.

American antique furniture falls under the following categories:

       The Oak Age (1540-1660)
       The Walnut Age (1660-1730)
       The Mahogany Age (1730- 1840)
       Victorian Age (1830- 1901)

American antique furniture can also be divided into Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and American Empire styles.

Apart from these there are antique furniture from the oriental and Far East like furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, Huanghuali. Antique furniture is highly expensive as well as exquisite and unique.

 

 

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