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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A Landmark Antiques Shop ClosesMaine Antique Digest, September 30th
Traditional things like Victorian furniture, cut glass, porcelain—grandma-type antiques—are hard to impossible to sell.” In the same vein, at the preview at Shaw's in Nevada City, a potential bidder said to Witherell, “I'm sorry to see another...Read more
Joe Rosson: Victorian Renaissance Revival chair dates to around 1885Knoxville News Sentinel, September 26th
To be sure, some Victorian furniture still does very well, but even the lofty prices on pieces made by John Henry Belter have suffered a significant decline. The second problem with this chair is that it is a single. Collectors, for some reasons, just...Read more
Vehicles, baby stuff, furniture and more: Garage sale notices published Friday ...Helena Independent Record, September 18th
MULTIFAMILY GARAGE SALE. 3 hours only! Sat 09/19. 9 AM to NOON. 1621 University St (between Garrison and Glendale). Kids bikes, life jackets, toys, booster car seats (high backed), clothes; programmable space heater; portable massage table with ...Read more
Review: 'Swedish Wooden Toys' Mix Ingenuity and EducationNew York Times, September 17th
Created in 1912 by an amateur named John Carlsson when he was just 18, it is filled with finely detailed Victorian furniture, lights and decorative objects and populated by stylishly dressed little porcelain people. Most remarkably, it has attached to...Read more
A Victorian era obsessed Port Townsend couple lives as if it's the 1880sMyNorthwest.com, September 16th
Their house is a museum of antique Victorian furniture. Sarah cooks from Victorian cookbooks and takes cleaning and beauty tips from antique magazines from the time period. But, of course, it's impossible to stave off all modern conveniences. In fact...Read more
Beloved books enhance character of kids' roomsColumbus Dispatch, September 13th
For an Alice in Wonderland room, use classic Victorian furniture and black-and-white checkerboard textiles. Add a big vintage-style wall clock and a teacup lamp (www.target.com). Find rugs, nightlights and wall decals from Eric Carle books such as The...Read more
'The Marvels' review: More brainy whimsy from the author of 'Hugo'Washington Post, September 11th
His places are busy with turbulent waves, crowded streets and Victorian furniture. Even the smallest details — a curtain's fold, the eye of a dog — are carefully rendered. And the whole is animated by the page turn: The characters seem to move across...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