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Know Your English Furniture

A guide to antique furniture with a British origin


Know Your English Furniture

An English 18th-century mahogany dumbwaiter

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There's always been a special relationship between the British and America - especially when it comes to English antiques. British styles tended to be the dominant influence on American colonial furniture-makers in the 17th and 18th centuries; many characteristically American pieces, such as Hitchcock chairs and Shaker furniture, developed as a variation of English archetypes. Today, antiques with a British provenance tend to be the most accessible to collectors - and often the most popular.

Below is a listing of articles on quintessentially British antique furniture, furniture elements, and styles from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

Click on the title below to review each article.

English Furniture Articles

English Furniture Elements

Furniture Styles with British Origin

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