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A Concise History of American Period Furniture
By Stanley D. Saperstein
Jacobean | William & Mary | Queen Anne | Georgian | Chippendale | Hepplewhite | Adam | Sheraton | Federal | Victorian | Country | Gothic | Arts & Crafts
When Queen Victoria came to the English throne it ushered in a new style of furniture in England that was copied enthusiastically in America.
The characteristics were a large, heavy, substantially built, clumsy style. Dark shades of upholstery are used, and many designs show poor planning. Rosewood and black walnut are favored woods. Carving motifs are scrolls, flowers, leaves, and classical figures.
The chairs have oval and horseshoe-shaped backs. Large rockers became popular. Dining room furniture was large and bulky, with pedestal tables predominating.
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