Folk Art oak center table Edwardian period – c. 1880

Folk Art oak center table Edwardian period – c. 1880

Folk Art oak center table Edwardian period, all four legs hand carved in a folk art style with hound dog chasing a squirrel up a tree c. 1880 30x26x26

Replacement Value: $75,000

The Edwardian era saw the beginning of a new century with a new king and a new style of interior design. The heavy, dark, cluttered look of the Victorian era was gone, and in its place, something much lighter and more cheerful. his early 20th century style had an eclectic feel to it, and drew from elements of Georgian, Medieval and Tudor style. Light, airy, and simplicity of detail were key principles of this era. Bamboo and wicker was the material of preference in Edwardian times. This added to the already delicate and breezy nature of the style. Other furniture was reproductions, drawing influence from baroque, rococo and empire style. The wing chair is a classic shape, and upholstery favored chintz and damask in pale colors. Shifting away from the darkness of the Victorian interior, colors were fresh and light, with an informal feel. Patterns were feminine, with flowers and floral designs being highly favored. Colors were predominantly pastels: blue, lilacs, greens, yellows and grays. The floral theme was complemented by the liberal use of fresh flower arrangements. Living rooms often took darker colors such as dark green for fabrics, complemented with cream walls.

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