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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Historic homes open for Saturday tourMadison Record, November 29th
“I'm am glad to have people see my great-grandmother Lewis and my grandmother Hughes' Victorian furniture,” Don Spencer said about the Riddle-Hughes-Spencer Home (1910), 301 Church St. Teddy and Rikki Powell restored the Lewis-Powell Home ...Read more
Abbott-Traeger Mansion kicks off tour in SeguinSeguin Gazette-Enterprise, November 28th
The house is adorned with period furnishings and precious antiques, such as a fully restored baby grand piano dating to 1900 in the parlor, a four-poster bed upstairs, Victorian furniture downstairs and much more. Recently the Abbott House has opened...Read more
Home for Thanksgiving? These 12 downtown Syracuse bars, restaurants didn't ...Syracuse.com, November 25th
Small Plates reopened this fall as an elegant restaurant with a spacious dining area and "parlor" with antique Victorian furniture. Aster Pantry & Parlor offers organic and sustainable ingredients with a "culinary focus." You may need to Google some...Read more
Woodmere Art Museum improvements meet neighbor approvalChestnut Hill Local, November 25th
Valerio said his goal is to bring back the feeling of the original estate without “the clutter of Victorian furniture.” Valerio, who said repeatedly that “work will proceed as the budget permits,” is first using a $1.5 million state grant for the...Read more
North Fork yard sales: November 20, 21 & 22Northforker (blog), November 20th
JAMESPORT: Friday, 11/20, Saturday, 11/21, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Complete contents, antiques to household. Heavily carved Victorian furniture, custom-made 16' pine farm table. Set of 10 chairs, marble-top pieces, heavily carved bedroom set, mahogany dressers...Read more
Joe Rosson: Victorian sofa likely the work of French craftsmanKnoxville News Sentinel, November 7th
In the late 20th century, Victorian furniture became popular and prices soared — especially examples made by famous craftsmen such as John Henry Belter, John Jelliff and Alexander Roux, to name just a few. Unfortunately, around 2008 the market for ...Read more
Interview with Motionless In White's Josh Balz, co-owner of The Strange and ...Alternative Press, November 2nd
Fans and interviewers alike often wonder what musicians would be doing if they had chosen a different career path. Perhaps Billie Joe Armstrong would be a painter and Corey Taylor would be a special effects artist. But when it comes to Motionless In...Read more
Treasures: Victorian furniture falling out of styleNaples Daily News, July 9th
It appears to be in excellent condition, but unfortunately, Victorian furniture is so out of favor that its value has dropped dramatically since 2008. Collectors like Davenport desks, but this one is so Victorian that while it once had a value in the...Read more