Different Styles of Reproduction Antique Furniture

When it comes to reproduction antique furniture, there are many different styles to choose from. Quality antiques come in a range of different sizes, colours and time periods, which can be exciting to choose from but hard to narrow down.

Whether its dining chairs, tables or chests of drawers you’re looking for, each piece of genuine antique furniture comes from a particular period in history, and can be brought back to life through reproduction.

Here at Kelvin Furniture, we produce high-quality reproduction antique furniture in Leeds, and we pride ourselves in manufacturing authentic, timeless pieces suitable for any home and setting. Want to learn more about the different styles available? Read our article below to explore all the time periods available.

Colonial

Lasting between 1700 and 1780, the Colonial period’s furniture styling was influenced heavily by how the British would decorate and furnish their homes. This style of antique furniture is often known as “Chippendale” or “Queen Anne.”

Most Colonial pieces are distinguishable by elaborate carvings in their wood, and was often connected together using the dovetail method. If you are ever buying antique furniture and you come across this method of connection, you can almost guarantee that it came from the Colonial period.

Genuine Colonial furniture is usually coated in oil varnish, but with reproduction, it looks good as new.

Federal

Sometimes referred to as “American Neoclassicism,” Federal pieces were only around for a short time between the years of 1789 and 1823, following the revolutionary war. They are often made from mahogany wood or veneer.

Federal antique furniture is notable through their straight lines and cushioned chairs, traits that look both classic and elegant when reproduced. Federal pieces also contain geometric shapes and have different shades of veneer within one piece of furniture.

Popular designers include Duncan Phyfe and Charles-Honore Lannuier

Pennsylvania Dutch

This particular style of antique furniture was popular between 1720-1830, sitting comfortably in the Georgian era. Unlike Colonial furniture, it is inspired by German stylings. A common misconception made by collectors and antique dealers is that Pennsylvania Dutch furniture originates from Holland, when in fact, it comes from the German word “Deutsch.”

Pennsylvania Dutch antique furniture is recognisable from its painted surfaces and tapered legs, with popular items including hope chests and shank cupboards, and is a lot more practical than Colonial pieces.

Want to see what reproduction antique furniture we have for sale in Leeds? Browse our collection here.

Shaker

Shaker antique furniture started being manufactured in the 1700’s and, unlike other periods, is still widely distributed today. Its design was inspired by the Shaker religious sect.

Shaker furniture doesn’t include many elaborate cravings or designs, and just sticks to practicality, which is a main reason why the style is still being utilised today.

Shaker pieces are much larger than others, and include drop leaves, with chairs being a well-liked choice from this period.

This furniture style is also popular amongst collectors and historians alike, as it doesn’t take inspiration from any other country’s design trends.

Sheraton

Named after British craftsman Thomas Sheraton, this particular style of antique furniture was popular between the years of 1720 and 1820.

Sheraton furniture is notable for its large, geometric shapes, much like Federal furniture. Although, this form of antique furniture includes more rectangular designs, whereas Federal prefers more oval shapes. Sheraton is also known for its longer, straighter legs on antique tables, that resemble temple columns.

Sheraton pieces were usually light, bright and fragile, and came from a time where brass was a popular material. With reproduced Sheraton, you will find that they are much more durable than their genuine counterpart.

Victorian

Victorian furniture is an exceptionally popular choice amongst antique collectors, and lasted throughout the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 to 1901).

Victorians favoured floral, ornate designs in their furniture, paired with bold designs and patterns. Like Federal furniture, Victorians preferred mahogany, and introduced larger proportions and tassels to their designs. As is fitting with the Victorian era, dark colours were favoured, and materials such as velvet were a popular choice.

Here at Kelvin Furniture, we have a vast range of mahogany antique furniture in stock at our store in Leeds, West Yorkshire. To browse our collection of pieces such as cabinets and tables, visit our website here.

Art Nouveau

Lasting around 25 years (1890-1915), the Art Nouveau Period is popular amongst all individuals in the decorative and antique furniture industry, such as collectors and interior designers.

Its bespoke carvings and unusual shapes make it popular amongst the more avant-garde of professionals and admirers alike. Crafters within this period of furniture designs saw their pieces as being more than just furniture, and described it as “usable art.”

Popular finishes include teak, walnut and oak.

Modern/Post-Modern

Due to its “modern” titling, a lot of people don’t consider this period to be antique at all.

Reproduction antique furniture is considered to be produced in this period, despite it imitating centuries-old pieces. It all comes down to when it was manufactured.

Post-modern styles adopt bolder patterns than their predecessors, along with brighter colours and materials. Also, modern furniture has more exaggerated proportions and basically adopts a different style of furniture completely.

In Conclusion

Each time period produces its own unique styling of furniture, and when it is reproduced, it can look even more elegant and timeless than its genuine counterparts. We hope that this article has established the main types of reproduction antique furniture more clearly, and makes your experience purchasing furniture a lot easier.

At Kelvin Furniture, we have a a range of different pieces of furniture throughout the time pieces, all of which have been reproduced to give them that professional and sleek finish.

A reproduction antique furniture store in Leeds, Kelvin Furniture makes producing gorgeous pieces of all types our top priority. If you’re looking to add a bit of history to your décor, get in touch with us by calling  0113 2444499.

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