Victorian antique furniture refers to pieces made during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), and includes both mass produced pieces and those hand crafted in small shops by designers such as Herter Brothers, Allen and Brother, Merklen Brothers, John Henry Belter, Alexander Roux and R.J. Horner.

Although some designers like George Hunzinger put labels or stamps on all their furniture, many did not, so attributing a Victorian piece conclusively can require lots of research. In terms of wood, walnut is generally inferior to rosewood, which was used on higher end pieces.

There are many, and very different, Victorian furniture styles. In fact, famous Victorian designer Charles Eastlake himself hated Rococo, which is mid 1850s Victorian. Here are some of the main Victorian styles:

1) Gothic Revival (circa 1830-1860). Think churches and you have a good feel for this furniture style - design elements such as arches, quatrefoils, trefoils, spires, and crockets.

2) Rococo Revival (c. 1840-1865). High-style furniture of French influence marked by use of naturalistic flora (flowers, shells) and fruit as well as C-scrolls and S-scrolls, and highly sinewy curved lines.. Early pieces may have used mahogany, but common Rococo often used Walnut, while the top-end leveraged Rosewood.

3) Renaissance Revival (c. 1860-1890). Reverses the feminine elegance of Rococo around the time of the Civil War by espousing masculine arches, cartouches, animal and human figures, inlaid panels, burl panels, gilt incising, and ormulu mounts. Subgenres include Egyptian Revival, Modern Gothic, and Neo-Grec.

4) Eastlake and Aesthetic Movement (c. 1880-1900). Moving away from the showy complicated designs of prior eras, this furniture has stylized natural elements (flowers, leaves), rectangular forms and severe lines, shallow incisings and turnings. On finer pieces, marquetry, inlay and veneering can also be found.


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are now reduced to jobless, homeless civilians. Even Frances' father is wrapped up in the Wrays' (and the country's) frutiless search for integrity, his expensive Victorian furniture all appraised as worthless knock-offs after his death. Ultimately...Read more

Antiques Considered - September 10, 2014
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Victorian furniture is down at the present time. This table is a good example of its genre, but its market is more limited than it might have been 30 years ago. It dates from 1850, and most likely is of Mid-Atlantic origin, as it is typical of the...Read more

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Roanoke Times, September 7th

Walking through the mansion, one cannot help but notice the massive windows that flood the rooms with natural light illuminating the mahogany and walnut Victorian furniture. “The windows were designed by the same architect that designed the windows in ...Read more

Antiques Considered - September 3, 2014
Journal Press - King George, September 2nd

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