Beautiful American Kitchen Dressers
The UK and Europe have furniture designers and furniture makers who have set the standards for hundreds of years. The United States, too has furniture makers who established styles that continue to be popular with homeowners, businesses and collectors. The use of kitchen dressers in the U.S. is almost an historic account of the journey of the American people through various levels of economics. Basically, the nicer the kitchen dresser, the more well-off the family. Here are some of the most notable American furniture brands and styles.
Joseph and Bathsheba Pope designed and build a heavy-looking style of furniture in the 1600s. The style is unique, and rare, with a single “valuables cabinet” selling for nearly $2.5 million a few years ago. This is the first recorded American style of furniture.
Late century Mannerist furniture featured painted motives along the straight lines. The Mannerist style dominated until the early 1700s, when Chippendale gained the market share.
Chippendale was the first big producer of furniture in the U.S. This company was founded by the Verplanck family in NYC, and was centered in that area for only 20 years, from 1760 to 1780. The brand continued beyond the NYC establishment. They made a full range of furnishings, including dining sets, parlor chairs, and kitchen dressers. A chair with original finish sold at auction several years ago for nearly $400 thousand. The style is marked contrast with the Mannerist style that preceded it. Chippendale furniture features graceful, feminine lines with curved feet.
Chippendale furniture, going into the 19th century, often featured painted finishes and some folk styles. Toward the end of the century, the furniture was carved. Each region of the country that produced Chippendale style had its own characteristics, ranging from restrained to Rococo styling. The shape of the feet varied as well, from daintier ball and claw and bal feet to squared off claw and ball.
The Federal style of furniture featured spindle construction, giving the furniture a more graceful look than Mannerist furnishings. However, the vertical turning of the spindles along with simplified legs on chairs and tables eliminated some of the femininity of the Chippendale style. It did become a more decorated style as it developed, with floral sprays and urns adorning pieces. Each of these, however, usually represented rather formal arrangements, rather than casual.
Federal furniture first made its appearance in the early 1800s.
Queen Anne, despite the name, is an American style of furniture. It resembles the Federal style in that it incorporates moderate use of the spindle, but also includes curved legs and bonnet’s on the tops of some kitchen dressers.
The Classical period of American furnishings featured delicate, detailed painting and faux finishes. Stenciling of classic motifs, such as scrollwork, wreaths, and pineapple, as well as rosewood and marble faux finishes, makes these pieces stand out.
All of these different styles produced beautiful kitchen dressers that graced American homes, and later, home of Europeans. Collectible specimens can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars.