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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Mauricetown Antiques Show remains a popular draw among local dealers ...NJ.com, March 2nd
Victorian furniture especially has become a dead market," said von Rhine. Many people come out looking to buy items from their childhoods. "I did a sale last weekend that had a lot of baseball cards, comic books and old video games," said Von Rhine...Read more
Book Extract: 'I just didn't want to accept that my family was no more'Mumbai Mirror, February 28th
Laden with antique Victorian furniture, this was the only room that had been left untouched ever since the house was first constructed by my great-grandfather. It was the first Birla home and every son that had been born thereafter had moved out with...Read more
Riot Act to present 'The Importance of Being Earnest'Jackson Hole News&Guide, February 25th
The sets — an English apartment, a garden scene and a country estate — will use Victorian furniture on loan from Jackson businesses, stage and props manager Keri Dyess said. Given that the play is in Snow King's Grand Room, sets will be more minimal ...Read more
Downton Abbey architect to sell home and antique furnitureChristian Davies Antiques (blog), February 21st
For those who are collectors of Georgian or Victorian furniture, there are reputable antiques dealers with a selection of pieces, like antique dining tables , in Lancashire. Whoever buys the furniture at auction in March will expect to pay a little...Read more
Business Spotlight: Carving a Family Business in Blowing Rock: Klutzes Run ...High Country Press, February 20th
From Victorian furniture to a old Victrola player, Possum Hollow Antiques if filled with treasures. FIXE_0425. Antique clocks and antique furniture is pictured in this image. FIXE_0432. Dinnerware dominates this table in the Possum Hollow Antiques store...Read more
Socialite and Designer Lilly Pulitzer's Collection to Be AuctionedArchitectural Digest (blog), February 18th
The 295 lots are lively yet largely undistinguished, but a few pieces deserve a shout-out, including several examples of stunning Victorian furniture, among them Pulitzer's bargelike canopy bed. Click to view our slide show and have a look at some of...Read more
February Mailbag: Finding Love Among the FigurinesCape May County Herald (press release), February 12th
Also in this week's mailbag, we have questions on Victorian furniture, Limoges porcelain and Japanese Imari. Send your appraisal request to the email address at the end of this column. Include a photo and information on dimensions and marks. Valentine...Read more
Kempf House Museum goes back in time with its 25th annual fundraiserMLive.com, February 6th
“It's also a step back into time because the home was built in 1853 with Victorian furniture. It's even on the National Register of Historic Places list.” The Kempf House Museum, a nationally recognized gem of Greek Revival architecture, was named...Read more