Monthly Archives: March 2011

American Federal Decorative Arts

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American Federal Symbols/Motifs

This is so sad: my final set of symbols and motifs 😦 Motifs and symbols coming from the American Federal time period are as follows: eagles, paterae (oval), swags, egg and dart, palmettes, honeysuckle, classical figures, baskets, urns, and stripes. … Continue reading

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American Federal Furniture

Federal furniture adopts the light scale, geometric contrasts, veneers, straight legs, and classical ornament of European Neoclassical models such as the Adam style, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton from England and the Louis XVI style in France. Types: new kinds of furniture … Continue reading

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American Federal Architecture

1776-1820 The Federal style is the first phase of Neoclassicism in America. American Neoclassic architecture differs from England’s in scale, construction methods, and building materials. Wood frame construction and brick prevail instead of stone. Master craftsman design and build most … Continue reading

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Late English Georgian Decorative Arts

I want everyone to say, “Late English Georgian” three times fast…! Go! Decorative art for the Late English Georgian time period consisted of silver production increasing with innovations of the Industrial Revolution. Sheffield plate (silver over copper) is introduced in … Continue reading

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Late English Georgian Symbols/Motifs

Symbols/Motifs: Architectural and interior details include swags, urns, pediments, paterae (oval or circular forms with radiating lines), anthemions or honeysuckles, classical figures, lyres, laurel wreaths, columns, pediments, and other classical elements. Furniture motifs include swags, urns, paterae, Prince of Wales … Continue reading

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Late English Georgian Furniture

Late English Georgian furniture is light in scale and rectilinear in form and features carved, painted, and inlaid classical motifs. Types: For dining rooms, Robert Adam introduces the sideboard table flanked by urns and pedestals, which evolves into sideboards with … Continue reading

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