Antique Furniture: Primitives
Antique furniture has different categories. Primitive, or Early American furniture was mainly built by farmers from the 1700’s through the 1800’s. They built most of this furniture during the winter months. Locals would buy this furniture. As a result of being so far away from urban areas their designs were years behind the latest styles. Farmers built anything a local person might use. The furniture, and other goods were built out of local materials like birch and pine. Then they would finish the product with different paints, and techniques creating a one of a kind look. Designs varied by region, and even religion. Cupboards, wardrobes, and chests were sometimes painted in a style called graining. Graining is when one paints an item one color. Then adds a coat of a darker color, and run a comb over it to add grain. Hand made furniture remained popular until mid 1800’s.
Mass produced Victorian furniture replaced hand made furniture starting in the 18030’s. The Arts and Crafts movement revived the popularity of hand made furniture in the late 1800 to early 1900’s. Mission furniture was one of the byproducts of the Arts and Crafts movement. Antique furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, but the simple useable look of Early American furniture makes it very popular today. With a versatile look this furniture can be used in many different settings. Prices fluctuate wildly from coast to coast for primitives. Jam cupboards, dry sinks, and kitchen cupboards are items that remain popular. This antique furniture is rarely refinished, and the wear and tear gives it unique character. Peeling paint, dings, and scratches are actually selling points. Household items made during this period also remain popular. Folk art, toys, boxes, barrels, and other household items are all hot sellers in the 21st century.