Found 163 articles matching Furniture category.
  • 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 15 2009
  • 15 Sep 2009

George Hunzinger’s 19th-Century ‘Patent Furniture’ is Easy to Identify

This rocking chair is an example made by the factory of Hunzinger was born in Germany in 1835 to a family that had been cabinetmakers since […]

  • Sep 8 2009
  • 8 Sep 2009

The Thrill of the Hunt: Netting a Rare Butterfly Table

A few years ago, Steve Fletcher—the lead auctioneer of Skinner Auction Gallery in Boston—had just accepted a glass of water and stepped down from the […]

  • Aug 13 2009
  • 13 Aug 2009

20th Century Casters – More Rust than Roll

One of the mysteries of the universe to me is “Why do so many 20th century pieces of furniture have wheels or casters on them?” […]