With American Independence Day approaching we thought that we would look at our most relevant stylistic theme, 1783.
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.
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.
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 are forms and finishes that reflect the historic, social and artistc heritage of the USA.
The result is an impressive and classically American furniture shape with an informal rustic look.