Early American furniture


Early American furniture

Furniture made in the second half of the 17th century by American colonists. The earliest pieces were massive and based on English Jacobean styles. Decoration consisted of carved flower motifs or lunettes and carved scrolls and leaves, sometimes highlighted by painting; oak and pine were the most common woods. Produced in the Connecticut River valley and Massachusetts coastal settlements, it consisted mainly of chests, cupboards, tables, stools, chairs, and beds.

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