Continental (and particularly Dutch) influence Was strong on all furniture.
Under William and Mary, chair design was greatly influenced by the Huguenot designer Daniel Marot.
Fixed upholstery sometimes replaced loose cushions and after 1660 woven cane-work - introduced from the East Indies - was fashionably seen on the seats, and often the backs too, of most chairs.
Chairs were increasingly made in sets, I comprising both arm and single chairs.
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One of the most overlooked and least understood clues in establishing the date and authenticity of older and antique furniture is the story that screws can tell about the history of a piece.
Screws are relative newcomers to the production of furniture, primarily because they are so hard to make by hand.
But as the complexity and sophistication of furniture increased in the late 17th century and the use of brass hardware, locks and concealed hinges became more popular, there was an obvious need for a fastener that could hold two surfaces together without having to penetrate the back surface of the second piece.
See our navigation at left to find information on the various forms and styles of antique chairs.
Due to the sheer number of chair styles, we have chosen only the more popular and collectible items.
The screw on the right is a modern gimlet screw, post 1848, with tapered shaft, even threads, pointed tip and centered slot. The handmade nails of the period derived much of their holding power from the ability to drive the nail through two surfaces and bend it over on the back side, i.e. But that solution would not work for securing the top on a chest of drawers or table top without either driving a nail through the top from above or clinching it on the top to hold it fast.