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Furniture Foot Styles

Illustrated examples of foot styles found on antique furniture

Arrow Foot
The arrow foot used on antique furniture illustrated and defined.

Ball Foot
This foot style was especially prominent William and Mary-style furniture and its popularity continued well into the 1800s.

Block Foot
Although in existence from roughly 1600 to 1800, this foot style was especially popular in mid-18th century English and American furniture.

Bracket Foot
This common foot style this often incorporated in Hepplewhite and Sheraton furniture styles.

Bun Foot
One of the earliest furniture foot styles, dating from the early 1600s, its popularity continued well into the 1800s.

Claw and Ball Foot
This popular foot style on Chippendale furniture can be made of wood or metal and glass.

Cylindrical Foot
Can you recognize a cylindrical foot on a piece of antique furniture? The popular cylindrical foot, or elongated bulb foot, flourished in 18th and early 19th century furniture. This glossary-style article describes the cylindrical foot, and shows what it looks like.

Dolphin Foot
There's something fishy about that furniture foot. It's a dolphin foot, a rare type of carved furniture foot Learn to recognize a dolphin foot and identify which periods the style is associated with.

French foot
Put your best foot forward when you know what a French foot looks like. This glossary-style article defines the French foot, also known as the French bracket foot, an enduringly popular style for chests, secretaries and bookcases from the 18th century on.

Hoof Foot
This realistically styled furniture foot was used from the end of the 17th century throughout the 18th century.

Monopodium Foot
Named for the type of table it was used to support, this foot style is typically found in Empire, Regency and Greek Revival furniture.

Ogee Bracket Foot
Oh, gee -- would you know that's an ogee bracket foot? This glossary-style article defines an ogee bracket foot. It describes and gives examples of an ogee bracket foot. Learn which famous furniture-makers made use of the ogee bracket foot.

Onion Foot
This type of furniture foot is usually found on heavy case pieces, especially of Germanic or Dutch origin.

Pad Foot
This 18th-century foot style is characteristic of Queen Anne style furniture.

Paw Foot
A furniture foot type often seen with carved foliage decorating the area above the foot.

Scroll Foot
A foot style often associated with Louis XV, Chippendale and Rococo Revival furniture styles.

Snake Foot
This furniture foot style was popular in English and American Queen Anne and Chippendale styled tables and stands with tripod bases dating to the 1700s.

Spade Foot
Do you know what a spade foot is? This glossary-style article defines a spade foot, how it's made and what era of furniture it typifies. Learn which famous furniture makers are associated with the spade foot.

Spanish Foot
This furniture foot style was developed in Portugal in the mid-1600s and introduced to England in the 1660s.

Toupie Foot
Give it a whirl, and learn about the toupie foot, named for a spinning top. This article defines the toupie or spool foot, a style dating from the mid-17th century that's still in use. Learn about the spool or toupie foot, its shape and history.

Trestle Foot
Learn how to recognize one of the oldest types of furniture feet, the trestle foot. This glossary-style article defines a trestle foot. Several types of trestle feet, from plain to ornate, are depicted.

Trifid Foot
A furniture foot style characteristic of 18th-century design, it most often appears in Queen Anne-style and early Chippendale-style pieces, especially chairs and footstools.

Turnip Foot
Dating from the 17th century, this furniture foot style is found on late Jacobean pieces, and flourished in William and Mary furniture.

Whorl Foot
Developed in the late 17th century, this type of furniture foot is often associated with Louis XV, Georgian and other Rococo styles.

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