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    Federal Style Furniture and Architecture

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    Federal Style Furniture and Architecture

    The Federal look is a unique American subset of neoclassicism, which initially emerged and flourished roughly between 1780 and 1820.  More formal than earlier American Colonial design, and less decorative than the concurrent Georgian aesthetics, Federal pieces often include ancient architectural details such as columns, arches and urns, and offer an atmosphere of refined, yet comfortable, luxury.  Though Federal pieces often drew from European influences, it primarily referenced and interpreted the aesthetics of Ancient Greece and Rome – in many ways a political statement emphasizing the allusion to these ancient archetypal democracies, which would have been apparent during the time...

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    Chippendale Style Furniture

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    Chippendale Style Furniture

    An archetype of the finest English design and craftsmanship, Chippendale style furniture originated with cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century.  The style was immediately popular and adopted across Europe and America – and it continues to be a favored style for sophisticated and traditional interiors today.  Drawing inspiration from Gothic, Rococo and Chinese design, original-inspired Chippendale furnishings are often variable in their overall aesthetic but are consistent in their aura of luxury and elegance.  Essential to Chippendale-style furniture is the use of fine hardwoods, such as mahogany and walnut, and often the presence of a dark finish, which emulates...

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    Regency Style Art and Architecture

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    Regency Style Art and Architecture

    Regency style, decorative arts produced during the regency of George, prince of Wales, and during his entire reign as King George IV of England, ending in 1830.  The major source of inspiration for Regency taste was found in Greek and Roman antiquity, from which designers borrowed both structural and ornamental elements.  The classical revival of Regency style, emphasizing purity of detail and structure, adhered to a stricter archaeological interpretation of antique modes than either the Neoclassicism of the 18th century or the concurrent French Empire style.  An exuberant taste for Egyptian motifs resulted from the Napoleonic expeditions to Egypt in...

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    Neoclassical Furniture of the American Federal Period

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    Neoclassical Furniture of the American Federal Period

    The term “Federal” references the period following the Revolutionary War rather than one specific style of furniture. During those subsequent decades when America was in its infancy, the country was not only defining its government but also its way of life. The decorative arts at this time moved away from the ornate looks of the past, such as the heavily carved and massive look of Rococo pieces, and embraced rising Neoclassicism. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, further defining the period as American Neoclassicism, Federal styles varied from town to town. Closely studying the styles popular...

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