Found 156 articles matching Furniture category.
  • Jul 14 2010
  • 14 Jul 2010

Determining the Value of Antique Furniture: Using the Five ‘F’ Words

One of the most important determinants of value in an older piece of furniture, naturally, is the “condition,” which is one of the most-frequently heard […]

  • Jul 5 2010
  • 5 Jul 2010

Mersman Tables: They’re Everywhere!

Any antique shop that has more than three pieces of Colonial Revival furniture is almost certain to have a Mersman table somewhere in the joint. […]

  • Jun 21 2010
  • 21 Jun 2010

The Piano – The Ultimate Functional Art

Furniture is sometimes referred to as “functional art.” In the case of the piano, perhaps it should be called “functional art for art.” After all, […]

  • Jun 8 2010
  • 8 Jun 2010

Flights of Fancy – Imaginary Furniture Names

A quick reading of selected world history reveals a number of events or artifacts that are identified with a specific time, place or person. Many […]

  • May 31 2010
  • 31 May 2010

The Collector’s Minute: The Savonarola Style Chair

This chair is a “Dantesca Chair,” a variation on the “Savonarola” style chair. The style gets its name from Girolamo Savonarola (Sept. 21, 1452 to […]

  • May 24 2010
  • 24 May 2010

Sweet Dreams: Henry Boyd Tester Beds Highly Collectible

What do you sleep in? No, I don’t mean your apparel, but what type of bed? If you own a “four-poster” or “tester” bed with […]

  • May 17 2010
  • 17 May 2010

The Real Hitchcock Chair: How to Tell Originals from Reproductions

Everyone knows what a Hitchcock chair is, right? The small, rickety chairs with the rush or cane seats, usually painted black with lots of leaves […]

  • Mar 23 2010
  • 23 Mar 2010

Vanity, Thy Name Is . . .

In Colonial America, having a decent place to get dressed was a serious problem. Decent mirrors, or even the decent plate glass for making them, […]

  • Oct 26 2009
  • 26 Oct 2009

Wood Shrinkage in Antique Furniture is to be Expected

The next time you visit a genuine antique furniture shop, pay particular attention to the concept of wood shrinkage. When a tree is felled it […]

  • Sep 29 2009
  • 29 Sep 2009

Living with Country Antiques: Fixing a Table with a Sticky Top

I received a letter from a reader, asking about a country farm table with a particular problem: “We found it at an outdoor antiques show […]