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October 20, 2010 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

A fashion for buying period properties often comes with the expectation of buying period antique furniture to fill them. The dining room is the heart of the house and buying the right antique dining table and antique dining chairs needs some consideration. A Tudor house will happily accommodate period furniture if you can find some, but both 18th and 19th century furniture will also look well in these old houses. However, some care needs to be taken whenchoosing what to buy.

When looking for an old oak refectory table for example, it is well to remember that until the beginning of the 18th century, dining chairs were not generally used. It was only the lord of the manor who sat in an oak arm chair at the head of the table where most of his guests were perched on stools or benches. However there are some very fine revival Jacobethan oak dining chairs made under the Arts and Crafts banner during the reign of Victoria that would look very well along the length of a period oak refectory table.

Mid 18th century tables and dining chairs are also very expensive these days. The three great names of Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton only really designed rather than made, and attributing any piece of furniture to them is difficult. However provincial firms of the time such as Gillows of Lancaster tended to stamp their furniture and any piece made by them is a sign of quality and those pieces will always keep their value.

Sets of period 18th century antique dining chairs are also very expensive and quite rare. However buying a period harlequin set or a set of well made 19th century Chippendale, Hepplewhite or Sheraton revival chairs can do almost as well.

Furnishing the dining room of an old house may require specialist guidance. When looking to buy an antique dining table and a set of antique dining chairs, Preston antique dealers will be pleased to advise.

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