1783

With American Independence Day approaching we thought that we would look at our most relevant stylistic theme, 1783.

1783 marked the end of the Revolutionary War and the beginning of a new America. This theme represents a stylistic cross section of classic American furniture in country finishes.

'The Settler's Swag Chest' has delicate painted detailing to the drawer fronts and is Inspired by a rare New England original, circa 1710.

It represents the struggles of the first settlers and their ingenious painted modifications of furniture, and the development of the unique truly American aesthetic by the great American furniture designers of the 18th and 19th centuries – their classicism provides many of the forms of our furniture. A finishing techniques creates unique and tactile surfaces and very visual textures.

'The Hoop Back' bench is inspired by an 18th century Hickory original

Some items have been closely imitated whereas others are combinations of Important American furniture pieces and traditional folk and country finish techniques. Most vernacular American furniture was made from local woods and was stained, glazed, or painted, and then varnished.

Detail of the desktop of 'Fall, 1790', The original early 18th century with later schoolboy graffiti reading 'Jehu Curtis was born October 9th 1790'.

Various techniques were employed by the first settlers to achieve stunning —and sometimes startling— effects using an array of tools to manipulate the paint: brushes, putty, vinegar, smoke, feathers, sponges, combs, leather, and even fingers. Note the hand finished effect to the Lake Lamps (below).

These 'Lake Lamps' were inspired by a Maryland original.

These are forms and finishes that reflect the historic, social and artistc heritage of the USA.

'The Original 1783 Lamp Table' is inspired by a Pennsylvania original dated 1783.

The result is an impressive and classically American furniture shape with an informal rustic look.

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