Dating vintage sofa

Furniture styles can be determined by careful study and remembering what design elements each one embraces.To help understand what defines each period, here are some of the major design elements for each period.

This style of furniture is much more delicate than its predecessor.The motifs used for inlay included bellflowers, urns, festoons, acanthus leaves and pilasters, to name but a few.Inlaid bands and lines were also popular and often used in combination with other inlay.William and Mary, 1690-1730: The style is named for the English King William of Orange and his consort, Mary.New colonists in America brought their English furniture traditions with them and tried to translate these styles using native woods. Lines of this furniture style tend to be crisp, while facades might be decorated with bold grains of walnut or maple veneers, framed by inlaid bands. Turnings are baluster-shaped and the use of C-scrolls was quite common.