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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Joe Rosson: Arts and Crafts chair best left unalteredKnoxville News Sentinel, July 27th
What can you tell me about my chair? The Arts and Crafts Movement started in England as a reaction against Victorian furniture and decoration, particularly the eclecticism of design and the movement away from craftsmanship in favor of industrial...Read more
Faith calendarHeraldNet, July 26th
The next event at which to buy raffle tickets is at Gold Bar's Gold Dust Days, which continues through Sunday. The three-story, 18th-century-style doll house features a shake-covered roof and turret, operational windows and doors, and Victorian furniture...Read more
The Barkers put their hearts into Old Martin Farm AntiquesThe Altamont Enterprise, July 24th
Both Barkers like to collect advertising and old toys, as well as country and Victorian furniture. And each has developed special interests. Mrs. Barkers collects Sunbonnet Babies and dollhouses. The couple recently went to an auction run by Noel...Read more
Isaac Bashevis Singer: More Than 'Just a Writer'Jspace News, July 24th
In addition to hundreds of books and a large television set, it is furnished with the kind of pseudo-Victorian furniture typical of the comfortable homes of Brooklyn and the Bronx in the 1930s.” There, the magazine continued, “Singer works at a small...Read more
Everything's for sale at auction in 1898 Victorian house at RosevilleThe Daily Telegraph, July 21st
“There's quite a bit of Victorian furniture, Victorian effects or furnishings, plus some interesting Oriental items, which are very strong at the moment. This 1898 Victorian property at Roseville is being demolished. An everything-must-go. The owners...Read more
Everything's for sale in 1898 Victorian house at RosevilleThe Daily Telegraph, July 21st
“There's quite a bit of Victorian furniture, Victorian effects or furnishings, plus some interesting Oriental items, which are very strong at the moment. “There's a little gold Buddha, which could get $15,000 or $20,000.” Mr Farrah said the item that...Read more
Infinity Custom FurnitureCommunity Impact Newspaper, July 9th
The couple designs everything from Victorian furniture to more modern pieces, and even offers a few less expensive pine-based products in-store. “It used to be 10 years ago, the nature of the business was 85 percent Victorian design or French,” Moe said...Read more
Victorian furniture prices down, silver upClinton Herald, June 28th
This was the center piece of the Victorian furniture and 15 years ago would have sold for $3,000 to $4,000. This piece shows the fall of Victorian furniture from its high in the 1990s to the present day market. A pair of matching lamps, which were just...Read more