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America's Golden Age


Golden Oak



A VERY POPULAR DESIGN SEEN IN THIS STYLE FURNITURE




ABOVE: This statue is an appropiate accesory~~ Other examples of oak designs~~ pressed back chairs


ANOTHER ATTRACTIVE DESIGN FROM THE GOLDEN AGE


As wealthier families acquired larger houses and needed bigger furniture, the Renaissance Revival filled that void for a while with it's battleship furniture, but walnut was running out. What would be next? Our trusty old friend....Oak!
Oak was one of the first woods used for furniture and was used in great quantitis for ships. It had not been used in England for refined furniture since the Jacobean period in the seventeenth century.

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America's Golden Age

I am dedicating my Antiques and Furniture Design pages to Roy and Wendy Smith. Roy was a good friend of my father and the family, as Wendy also became when they were married. I went to school with his mother's sister, Mildred Riley Potter.

Article below nspired from an article by Fred Taylor
Many American period styles preceded our Golden Age. The Eighteenth Century brought us great art items in places like Rhode Island and New York. With the Ninteenth Century, we had an expression of American Craftsmen, but they depended on English Designers. Than along came the Great Rococo Revival Style which expressed a modified version of the extravagance of the Eighteenth Century French. This was followed by the Rennissance Revival, which had architectural concepts. The Arts & Crafts style slipped in next, which also began in England and was based in Medieval English.

Our Golden Age of Oak began in 1870 as a confluence of four major events: ( # 1 ) Increasing scarcity of walnut used so prolifically in the Victorian styles for the previous seventy-five years, followed by the ( # 2 ) prosperityin the country after the Civil War. Following the country's emergence from the war came a desire in the middle class for ( # 3 ) more status. At the same time came ( # 4 ) mechanized furniture and the concept of mail order


A VERY POPULAR DESIGN SEEN IN THIS STYLE FURNITURE

As wealthier families acquired larger houses and needed bigger furniture, the Renaissance Revival filled that void for a while with it's battleship furniture, but walnut was running out. What would be next? Our trusty old friend....Oak!
Oak was one of the first woods used for furniture and was used in great quantitis for ships. It had not been used in England for refined furniture since the Jacobean period in the seventeenth century.

DATES of VERY EARLY Furniture Styles

Egyptian .................4500 thru 1090 B.C.
Greek ..Aegean .......... 3000 thru 1100 B.C.
........Greek ........... 1100 thru .400 B.C.
Helenistic ............... 400 thru..001 A.D.
Roman .................. 1000 thru.. 500 A.D.
Early Christian ....... ... 4 thru ..006 A.D.
Byzantine ................. 4 thru ..015 A.D.
Romanesque .............. 500 thru..1150 A.D.
Gothic France ........... 1150 thru 1550 A.D.
Elizabethan ...English .. 1509 thru 1603 A.D.
Jocobean ..... English .. 1603 thru 1688 A.D.
William & Mary ......... 1688 thru 1702 A.D.
Queen Anne .............. 1702 thru 1750 A.D.
Italian Renaissance...... 1300 thru 1600 A.D.
French Renaissance ...... 1453 thru 1643 A.D.
Louis XIV ............... 1643 thru 1715 A.D.
Regency ................. 1715 thru 1723 A.D.
Louis XV ................ 1723 thru 1774 A.D.
Louis XVI ............... 1774 thru 1793 A.D.
Early Georgian .......... 1714 thru 1754 A.D.
Late Georgian ........... 1754 thru 1795 A.D.
Chippendale ............. 1749 thru 1779 A.D.
Adams ................... 1760 thru 1792 A.D.
Hepplewhite ............. ......... 1786 A.D.
Sheraton ................ 1780 thru 1806 A.D.
Directoit ................1789 thru 1804 A.D
Empire .............1804 thru 1815/1830 A.D.



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