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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Faith calendarHeraldNet, July 12th
which continues today and Sunday. The three-story, 18th-century-style doll house features a shake-covered roof and turret, operational windows and doors, and Victorian furniture. Tickets also are sold at local businesses. More info: Iris, 360-793-0534...Read more
Cheap, come get: City seeks buyer who will move houseHendersonville Lightning, July 10th
A partial list of the contents, White said, includes Tiffany style lamps, marble top tables, Victorian furniture, brass and silver plates, statuary, oil paintings, Royal Albert china sets, crystal luster sets, clock sets, furniture, model car...Read more
Stuck in Time – Meet the Man Who Lives Like It's 1946odditycentral, July 10th
“But the older part of the house where the visitors wouldn't see, you have all the hand-me-downs, the Victorian furniture.” Ben inherited most of his collectibles from his relatives, but he's worked hard to hunt down some of the great pieces of...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
Jeri Rowe: Girls learning to become royalty in life, communityGreensboro News & Record, June 28th
Last week, I sat with her in Chapel Hill in a high-ceiling room full of portraits and Victorian furniture. Her voice was a whisper. She fingered the butterfly necklace, a gift from her mom, and she told me about her life. She left Mexico at age 1. Her...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
Scouring clearance sales for top quality furniture with a differenceIrish Independent, June 26th
"We were buying heavy dark Victorian furniture that nobody else wanted and we couldn't possibly afford shop prices. You needed to be handy, though, to clean them up. I bought a lovely military chest with brass corners and found a newspaper folded...Read more
Mementos truly hold meaningNashua Telegraph, June 23rd
I'm not much into Victorian furniture, but it's a pretty piece of furniture and every time I look at it, I have happy feelings. I couldn't go to Kentucky with Bill and Lucy, because of prior commitments. I wanted Lucy to go because I wanted her to have...Read more