Neoclassical Period Collection
Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms. Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, Neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous
Rococo or Louis XV style.
The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.
Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of
Neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and tables legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.
Yet Neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreathes, sheaves of arrow, medallions, and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns. As you can see from the furniture shown on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep Neoclassicism fresh.
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Russian Neoclassical Crystal Chandelier
Antique 19th Century Russian Neoclassical Chandeliers and Pendants
Bronze, Crystal, Glass
This exceptionally rare, Russian Neoclassical chandelier is the epitome of early 19th century luxury and style. Crafted in Saint Petersburg of mercury-gilded bronze, cobalt blue glas...
French Empire Mahogany Dressing Table Mirror, c...
Antique 19th Century French Empire Table Mirrors
French Empire mahogany dressing table mirror, circa 1810, the case houses a “cheval style” mirror; it is surmounted by a gilt lyre and garland swag, the adjustable mirror is supporte...
French Empire Gilt and Patinated Bronze Candles...
Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Candle Holders
The candlestick is in the form of an oil lamp. The curving handle ends in an eagle's head and the spout issues a flame that is used to douse the candle. The rosette-mounted nozzle re...
Pair of Restauration Lotus Carved Rosewood Side...
Antique 1830s American Neoclassical Side Chairs
Attributed to Phyfe & Sons (1837-1840) or D. Phyfe & Son (1840-1847),
New York circa 1835-1840.
The oxbow shaped crest rail above a vertical central carved and pierced splat abov...
Pair of 19th Century Giltwood Wall Sconces
Antique 19th Century English Wall Lights and Sconces
Pair of 19th century giltwood wall sconces. Each topped by an eagle holding a chain in its beak, from which are suspended gilt pendants.
Regency Style Fancy Painted Armchairs, England ...
Early 20th Century English Regency Armchairs
Paint, Wood, Cane
An elegant ebonized fancy painted armchair in the Regency Style. Made in England during the first quarter of the 20th century.
Neoclassical Round Clock Carrara Marble Bronze ...
Antique Late 18th Century French Neoclassical Table Clocks and Desk Clocks
A neoclassical round clock with two white and black marble obelisks and a Carrara marble basement. The clock face is lacquered, protected by glass and marked "Sarton a Liege". The me...
Classical Figural White Marble Mantel Surround,...
Antique 1820s Italian Neoclassical Fireplaces and Mantels
Continental Europe, probably Italy, second quarter of the 19th century.
The oblong mantel piece with molded base above a pair of carved classical dancing maidens flanking the fire...
Antique English Early 19th Century Wedgwood Cha...
Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Chandeliers and Pendants
Ceramic, Cut Glass, Ormolu
A rare early 19th century Regency period English chandelier, the body of Wedgwood jasperware mounted with elaborate gilt ormolu metal work issuing five electrified candle arms and hu...
Baltic Rosewood Curule Tabouret
Antique 19th Century Russian Neoclassical Benches
A Baltic, likely Russian, parcel-gilt decorated rosewood window seat; in neoclassical Etruscan Curule form. parcel-gilt paw feet, foliate stretcher trim, plaques, and fluting. Comfor...
Pair of "Old Paris" Vases with Garlands of Bisq...
Antique 1820s French Neoclassical Porcelain
French, circa 1820.
Porcelain, painted and gilded, with applied bisquit flowers
8 13/16 in. high.
Inscribed (with incised mark, under the base of each): 3.
Pair of Wedgwood Figural Candlesticks of Pomona...
Antique 19th Century English Candlesticks
Pair of Wedgwood figural candlesticks of Pomona and Ceres, 19th century.
Antique Irish Oval Mirror with Sapphire and Ena...
Antique 1780s Irish Georgian Wall Mirrors
Cut Glass, Copper, Pine
Fine and rare 18th century Irish oval mirror, the copper frame with faceted ring-set sapphire blue glass jewels alternating with white and gilt enameled jewels centering the original...
Dipped-ware Pearlware Sky Blue Garniture of Fiv...
Antique Late 18th Century English Neoclassical Pottery
The Georgian dipped-ware sky blue vases are possibly by John Wood, Brownfield.
Each of inverted bell form, the blue slip field applied with sprigged ribbon-tied fringed drapery sw...
Classical Bookcase on Stand, Baltimore, Maryland
Anthony H. Jenkins
Antique 19th Century American Bookcases
This bookcase on stand is highly distinctive and relates to a school of cabinetry in Baltimore attributed to Anthony H. Jenkins. The notable element is the pair of magnificently carv...
Italian Neoclassical Pressed Brass, Iron and Gl...
Antique Early 19th Century Italian Louis XVI Chandeliers and Pendants
UL wired, probably from Naples, Italy first quarter of the 19th century, the top with pressed brass plumes connected by an inner ring and swags of bead chains continuing to a crown s...
Neoclassical Mahogany Armoire with Floral Marqu...
Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Neoclassical Wardrobes and Armoires
An 18th century Dutch neoclassical mahogany armoire with floral marquetry inlay.
The impressive and very decorative armoire has a moulded broken pediment with a central urn, above...
19th, Signed and Dated, Marble Bust of Nobleman
Antique 19th Century Scottish Sculptures
Large, hand-carved bust of a man in draped in a clasped robe by prominent, Scottish, Royal Acadmey member, Patric Park (18l1-1855).
From the article, "Mapping the Practice and Profe...
Set of Four Carved Classical Side Chairs, New York
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Dining Room Chairs
These chairs are of the type known as "side chairs," which fit nicely for example alongside either a chest or a card table in a hallway. Also, these may be considered "boudoir chairs...
American Breakfront Bookcase "Library Bookcase ...
Antique 19th Century American Neoclassical Bookcases
Glass, Mahogany, Wood
Breakfront bookcase [library book case with wings], circa 1815–1820
Mahogany (secondary woods: mahogany, pine, and poplar), with wood and composition capitals and bases, v...
Italian Neoclassical Period Walnut and Inlaid C...
Antique 1830s Italian Neoclassical Center Tables
The circular top having a beautifully inlaid large center medallion with an outer gap-banded detail, the apron very unique in its geometric pattern raised on a turned columnar suppor...
Fine English Urn-Form Vase by Wedgwood & Bentley
Wedgwood & Bentley
Antique Late 18th Century English Neoclassical Vases
This fine and rare English George III period was made in Wedgwood & Bentley Etruria manufactory. The classically inspired urn-form vase has a blue green variegated glaze in imitation...
Pair of 18th/19th Century Neoclassical Carved G...
Antique 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Wall Lights and Sconces
Pair of exquisite Neoclassical carved giltwood sconces, each having draped female figure with wings holding torch in each arm and one on her head, serving as the three candlearms, e...
Brass Figural Solar Lamp with Maiden-Form Standard
Cornelius & Co.
Antique 1740s American Neoclassical Table Lamps
With a cut and etched glass tulip shade
Cornelius & Co.
Labeled: Cornelius & Co./ Philad/ Patent/ April 16th, 1843
Philadelphia, circa 1843
Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Covered Vases...
Antique 1830s French Vases
Pair of gilt and patinated bronze covered vases, French, circa 1830.
Pier Mirror in the Neoclassical Taste
Antique 19th Century American Neoclassical Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors
New York, circa 1815-1820.
Wood, gessoed and gilded, with mirror plate.
75 1/2 in. high, 44 1/8 in. wide (at the cornice), 8 1/2 in. deep (at the cornice).
Condition: Some resto...
Rare English Porcelain Pistol-Handled Flight an...
Antique Early 19th Century English Vases
Rare English porcelain pistol-handled flight and barr covered vase, circa 1800.
Decorated on both sides with a floral bouquet. One one a aqua-blue ground (daytime) and on the othe...
Louis XVI Period Console Table with Marble Top,...
Antique 1790s French Console Tables
A Louis XVI Period Painted & Parcel-gilt Console Table in the Neoclassical taste, mounted with a Marble top. The break-front outline adorned with ribbon & rose garland motifs...
English Porcelain Vase, Chamberlain Worcester, ...
Chamberlain Worcester Porcelain
Antique Early 19th Century English Vases
English porcelain vase, Chamberlain Worcester, circa 1820.
Carved Mahogany Grecian Sofa
Antique 1810s American American Classical Sofas
In the manner of Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854),
New York, circa 1815.
The scrolled crest rail with a central panel with relief-carved intertwined cornucopia issuing fruit and wheat, f...
Early 19th Century Swedish Secretary
Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Secretaires
Painted secretaire from Sweden with drop-front revealing 16 small compartments and three lower drawers, circa 1820. Secretary features original paint (some restoration), old pulls an...
17th Century Flemish Tapestry after Peter Paul ...
Antique 17th Century Belgian Tapestries
Magnificent Flemish tapestry after the renown painting of Peter Paul Ruben's "Decius Mus preparing for Death," 1616/1617. Upon hearing his fate pronounced by the High Pries...
English Silver Gilt and Engraved Greek-Form Vase
Antique 1860s English Vases
London, 1869, Maker: S Smith.
Carved and Gilt-Decorated Rosewood Octagonal Dr...
Thomas Cook, Richard Parkin
Antique 1820s American American Classical Center Tables
Published: Carswell Rush Berlin, "'A Shadow of a Magnitude: "The Furniture of Thomas Cook and Richard Parkin," American Furniture (Hanover: Chipstone Foundation, 2013)...
Wedgwood Black and Gilt Basalt Covered Potpourr...
Antique 1870s English Neoclassical Vases
A wedgwood black and gilt basalt covered Potpourri vase, circa 1870.
Very Fine Brass-Inlaid Gilt Bronze-Mounted Game...
Antique 1810s American American Classical Card Tables and Tea Tables
Brass, Bronze, Rosewood, Satinwood
Important classical bronze-mounted rosewood games table
with brass, ebony and satinwood inlay
and carved giltwood dolphin feet
attributed To Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854),
New York, ...
Wedgwood Rosso-Antico Vase, circa 1790
Antique 1790s Vases
Wedgwood Rosso-Antico Vase, Circa 1790
Italian Red Grain Painted and Gilt Decorated Ta...
Antique Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Clocks
This clock stands tall with original red grained paint and decorative gilt details. The works are early 18th century English with calendar movement. The works are signed "Tanpium." T...
RUSSIAN CLASSICAL GILT BRONZE AND PAINTED TAZZA
Antique 19th Century Russian Sculptures
Russian Gilt and painted bronze and painted classical three column based tazza with engine turned collars and base to the bowl as well as delicate vines running up the columns
Superb Louis XVI Commode, Stamped "J. Manser", ...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A very fine Louis XVI period Commode, with intricate inlaid designs of exotic wood, and stamped inside one upper drawer "J MANSER" & "JME". French in origin, ...
Federal Serpentine Inlaid Mahogany Bureau, circ...
Antique Early 1800s American Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers
New York, circa 1800.
The oblong top with exaggerated serpentine front edge and string edging above a conforming case with inlaid light-wood stringing at every edge, having four g...
Louis XVI design Fautueil constructed in Walnut...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Armchairs
A fine Louis XVI period Fauteuil, with Neoclassical carved designs throughout the exposed Walnut frame. Dating from the fourth quarter of the 1700s, and Italian in origin.
18th Century Breccia Marble Column Pedestal
Antique 1780s Pedestals and Columns
18th century Breccia marble column pedestal. With a white marble capital above an entastic column, resting on a square pedestal with a cavetto edge.
Important Giltwood Convex Girandole Mirror
Antique 1820s American Regency Convex Mirrors
Surmounted with an Eagle and Anthemeon.
American or English, circa 1825.
A carved eagle with spread wings on a tapering platform above scrolled foliage and a pierced anthemion ab...
Hepplewhite Bowfront Mahogany Sideboard with Br...
Antique Early 19th Century English Hepplewhite Sideboards
Hepplewhite bowfront mahogany sideboard with brass gallery. Three crossbanded drawers above an oval-paneled cabinet on each side, and a fitted interior.
Pair of London-decorated Coalport Ice Pails, En...
Antique Early 19th Century English Porcelain
A very fine pair of Coalport porcelain Ice Pails, featuring exceptional gilt decoration & en grissaille vignettes with Neoclassical imagery. Dating from the first years of the 18...
19th Century Carrara Marble Statue from Italy
Antique 19th Century Italian Statues
Italian statue of Carrara marble; a figural representation of the season winter, marked INVERNO at its base.
Carved Giltwood Convex Girandole Mirror
Antique 1820s English Regency Convex Mirrors
Surmounted by a spread-winged eagle on a rockery.
American or English,
Possibly Boston, circa 1825.
Having a circular frame with tubular framing device and reeded and ebonized ...
Large Italian Neoclassical Cut Glass Chandelier
Antique Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Chandeliers and Pendants
This large-scale, magnificent chandelier with colored and clear crystals is mounted with a circular banded corona issuing sprays of flower heads and hung with glass pendant swags. Th...
Empire Gilt Silver Epergne, circa 1805
Antique Early 19th Century French Centerpieces
This beautiful French early 19th century gilt silver epergne is decorated with classical female figures, cherubs, dragon flies, and Egyptian heads, it stands on hoofed feet. The lid ...
Pair of Restoration Rosewood Grecian Recamier C...
Antique 1830s American Federal Chaise Longues
Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854) or D. Phyfe & Sons (active 1837-1840),
New York, 1835-1840.
Each with undulating veneered crest rail terminating in two scrolls with concen...
Pair of Classical Silvered Bronze Seven-Light F...
Antique 1830s American Neoclassical Candelabras
Rare, William IV English or American, Possibly Henry Hooper, Boston, circa 1840.
Both powerful and lyrical, perfect for a sideboard, mantel or dining table.
Fine Directoire Mahogany and Brass Inlaid Desk
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Desks
The top with pierced gallery and leather insert above a frieze drawer flanked by two drawers on square tapering legs terminating with sabots.
(Side extensions measure maximum 17" W ...
Two William IV Bronze Argand Lamps in the Form ...
Messenger and Sons
Antique 1830s English Neoclassical Table Lamps
Thomas Messenger & Sons
Birmingham, England, circa 1835.
The round top of the oil font with cast lotus leaf decoration and finial on the fluted, Horn...
William IV Walnut Circular Table
Antique 19th Century English Dining Room Tables
Important William IV period circular table. The burl walnut top extensively inlaid with intricate marquetry, resting on a circular base fitted with an upholstered footrest.
Gustavian Giltwood Mirror
Antique 19th Century Swedish Wall Mirrors
A Swedish Late Gustavian giltwood and painted mirror, Circa 1800, the divided mirror plate surrounded by a flat molded frame with a ribbon and stick outer edge, surmounted by a paint...
Pair of Regency Lacquered Brass Eagle Base Cand...
Messenger & Phipson
Antique 1820s English Neoclassical Candelabras
Stamped: Messenger & Philpson (active 1797-1823)
Birmingham and London, circa 1820
The central standard raising a finial above an umbrella of leaves dripping lusters above an...
George III Adam Period Carved Pine Chimney Mant...
Antique 1780s English George III Fireplaces and Mantels
George III carved pine chimney mantle piece, the frieze carved with urns, flowerheads and swags. English, circa 1780.
Measures: Height 57 1/2", width 57 1/2", depth 6";
Italian Neoclassic Walnut, Ebonized, Giltwood M...
Antique 1820s Italian Neoclassical Center Tables
The original marble top above a conforming apron covered in walnut veneer supported by and ebonized columnar standard divided by a carved giltwood decoration, the tripartite walnut v...
Pair of 19th Century Louis XVI Armchairs in Bei...
Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Armchairs
Pair of beautifully carved Louis XVI armchairs, upholstered in beige linen.