Different Antique Furniture Terminology From A to Z.
Below is a list of terminology very often used in antique furniture in alphabetical order.
The Chippendale style dominated American furniture until the 1770s.
Known by its exquisite and extensive carving, it takes its name from Thomas Chippendale, an 18th century cabinetmaker, whose furnishings reflected popular English tastes of the period incorporating English, Gothic, and Chinese motifs. Born in 1718 at Otley in West Yorkshire, England, son of carpenter John Chippendale, and served his apprenticeship there.
They are found in mahogany furniture from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods.
Apron An apron is situated below the seat rail of a chair, settee, cabinets and tables, it can be shaped like on this wonderful card table.
Both makers and sellers of furniture rushed to purchase it, making Chippendale a household name.
And so pervasive was the influence of his book that the name of Chippendale is often indiscriminately applied to all mid-18th century furniture.
Like a piece of jewelry on a little black dress, they add that elegant finishing touch to a chair.George's Chapel, Society never accepted him, except in his trade and professional capacity. Chippendale, as he was known in London, published his detailed collection, Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, a portfolio of fashionable English furniture design templates and one of the first furniture design books.In it Chippendale adapted existing design styles to the fashion of the mid-18th century.Alabaster Alabaster is usually translucent and white or grey in colour, form of the mineral gypsum which can be polished to a smooth and waxy finish.Often used in sculpture, decorative stone panelling, beads and cabochons.