The hunt for American antique furniture and early American antique folk art goes on, as it has since 1977 when this shop began.
The American antique furniture in this shop is in the country style (from primitive to "high country"). The colors are paint, cherry, maple, walnut, pine and poplar. This type of furniture is practical, useful and will fit in most homes. Pennsylvania and New England pieces have a striking exuberance, attention to detail, and color, whether in paint or natural grain.
Antique folk art in this shop is very diverse. Early American antique objects from the 18th & 19th Centuries have sculptural forms and beauty as their goal. Folk art can come in many materials- glass, ceramics, wood, metals and textiles.
There are antique American folk art objects to place onto the wall. You will also find samplers, fractur, mirrors, paintings (large and small), as well as "theorem" paintings, clocks and early lighting devices.
Early American antique objects can make a room. This was my booth in a recent California Country Show. The booth included wood, paint, glass, lighting, furniture,ceramics, metals and wall items such as paintings, textiles and fractur. Each early American object has a beautiful silhouette of its own. American antique furniture can be useful on top of being beautiful.
The more popular use of American antique furniture and antique folk art seems to be moving toward using a small number of dramatic early American objects in a room. Using American antique folk art in a small gallery display is an excellent way to enjoy each item and give it the respect it deserves. Early American folk art, sometimes called Americana, lends itself to this new way of decorating. Early American objects on the walls can give interest and visual punch without taking up much floor space. Small and medium American antique furniture can add storage space, as well as a place to display your collections.
Color and form are important in decorating. Both are abundant in American antique furniture and early American objects. Examples run from amazing painted blanket chests from Pennsylvania to the decorated redware, stoneware and glass from New England. America loves color.