Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The not-so-famous furniture styles

There are the ultra-famous styles of furniture that everyone knows about (like Chippendale, Hepplewhite, or even Victorian) but did you know that there were quite a few styles that often were around with the more famous counterparts that are just not that well known?

The first one that I heard about that is like this is called DIRECTORIE.  It ran from 1795 to about 1804 and ran the same time as the Sheraton and Duncan Phyfe styles (the Duncan Phyfe style is also called the Federal Style).  Following the French Revolution, France was ruled by five directors.  Any and all signs of royalty were thrown out the window, and furniture design was controlled by a Jury Of Arts and Manufactures.  Greek, Roman, and even Egyptian influences are strong with the DIRECTORIE style.

The next style is called EASTLAKE, and ran from about 1879 to 1895.  It ran the same time that Late French Provincial and the Victorian Styles were going on.  This style was created by Charles Eastlake, and achieved some popularity here in America and in England as well.  The style had some Gothic flair going on, and had some Japanese ornamentation as well.  Cherry and Fruit were extensively used in the furniture of this style, and had tile panels and conspicuous hardware that were used for decoration.

This is only a small portion of all of the fantastic styles that I’ve heard of that really aren’t that well-known.  What kinds of styles have you heard of?

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