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Shaker Style

Authentic Shaker furniture is hard to come by, but not exceedingly rare. “Shaker style” describes furnishings and interiors that are both warm and simple, centered on unpretentious wooden chairs, tables and cabinets without ornament or embellishment.

The term derives from the popular name for an all-but-vanished American religious sect, whose members crafted honest, modest household furniture and objects as part of their belief in purposeful living and simplicity in all things.

Members of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing — called Shakers, derisively, because they writhed and danced in religious ecstasy during worship — arrived in the United States from England in 1774. Within 50 years, the sect had established 19 self-sufficient communities from Maine to Kentucky, where they lived pure, humble and industrious lives. The furniture and objects the Shakers made reflected their strict rules of behavior. Pieces such as ladder- and slat-back chairs and trestle tables were painstakingly crafted from native woods like maple and cherry, using traditional methods such as mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joinery and lathe turning. They employed strong, straight lines and symmetrical proportions, and decoration of any kind — carving, veneers, inlays — was prohibited, as it would encourage the sins of pride and vanity.

The Shakers movement included some 6,000 members at its peak in the 1860s, but the group practiced celibacy and could attempt to sustain their flock only by recruiting new adherents. Modernity proved too alluring. Today only one tiny Shaker community, in Maine, still exists, though the sect’s heritage is preserved at several historical sites.

To support their communities, the Shakers sold furniture to outsiders, who appreciated its superb quality. While the “Shaker style” label is today given to many plain, simple wooden pieces, it should also denote superior construction and solid materials. As elements in interior design, Shaker furnishings work best in a quiet decor. Modest pieces such as these can become lost among more ornate works. The style is most suitable to a country home — although a Shaker chair or cabinet can make a striking counterpoint in a modernist, urban setting.

As you will see on 1stDibs, Shaker furniture and objects have a deep appeal for their warmth, honesty and graceful simplicity, which make them welcome almost anywhere.

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Style: Shaker
Beachcomber Bar Stool in Walnut
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Early 19th Century Antique American Shaker Ladderback Dining Chairs, Set of 4
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Early 19th Century American Antique Shaker Seating

Materials

Wood

Beachcomber Bar Stool in White Oak
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CHARLESTON FORGE Wrought Iron Shaker Arch Bar Height Swivel Stools - Pair E
Located in Charlotte, NC
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CHARLESTON FORGE Wrought Iron Shaker Arch Bar Height Swivel Stools - Pair B
Located in Charlotte, NC
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Sommar Dining Chair in White Oak with Spindle Back
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CHARLESTON FORGE Wrought Iron Shaker Arch Bar Height Swivel Stools - Pair A
Located in Charlotte, NC
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American Mid 19th Century Shaker Side Chair in Curly Maple with Tilters
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Maple

Tranquilo Loveseat in White Oak with Spindle Back
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Everyone knows the love seat is nothing more than a glorified bench, or a miniature couch, but the fact is it's often a necessary item for city dwellers who lack the room for a secti...
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2010s American Shaker Seating

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Linen, Oak, Walnut

Beachcomber Counter Stool in White Oak
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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2010s American Shaker Seating

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Oak

Beachcomber Counter Stool in Walnut
By Greg Mitchell
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Light and strong, the Beachcomber Counter Stool evokes the sight of an old wooden single hull; it's lean, sturdy mast together with the rigging worthy of the high seas. Constructed o...
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2010s American Shaker Seating

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Maple, Walnut

4 Vintage Stickley Maple Shaker Farmhouse Ladder Back Rush Dining Side Chairs
Located in Dayton, OH
Set of four vintage original Stickley side dining chairs. Made of maple featuring serpentine ladderback and rush seat. Marked on base, Stickley, Fayetteville Syracuse. This mark was ...
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Mid-20th Century Shaker Seating

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Rush, Maple

Pair of American Modernist Shaker-Inspired Benches
Located in Chicago, IL
A chic pair of mid-20th century American modernist Shaker-inspired pine benches with striking silhouette that bend seamlessly into any style interior. Painted black with signs of wea...
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Mid-20th Century American Shaker Seating

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Pine

Pair of Shaker Style Ladderback Chairs
By Shaker Style
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th c. early New England Shaker style Ladderback Chairs.
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19th Century American Antique Shaker Seating

Materials

Pine

1757 Antique 18th Century Primitive Folk Art Ladderback Rush Shaker Chair
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique mid-18th century Shaker chair featuring painted accents with ladderback and rush seat. Circa 1757, American.  
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Rush, Hardwood, Paint

Shaker Style Maple Wood Tall Stools, Set of 3
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s set of 3 Shaker style maple wood tall stools. The stool frames are maple wood and the seating straps are fabric. The stools are sturdy and solid. The straps are tight b...
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Mid-20th Century Shaker Seating

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6 Antique Shaker Walnut Ladder Back Rush Dining Side Chairs Country Farmhouse
Located in Dayton, OH
Six antique Shaker farmhouse side dining chairs. Made of walnut featuring tall ladderback form with teardrop shaped finials, round turned supports and woven rush seat.  
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Early 20th Century Shaker Seating

Materials

Rush, Walnut

4 Antique Early American Shaker Pine Ladderback Rush Side Dining Chairs
Located in Dayton, OH
Four vintage pine early American style Shaker ladderback dining chairs featuring rush seats and tall finials.  
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Early 20th Century Shaker Seating

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CHARLESTON FORGE Wrought Iron Shaker Arch Bar Height Swivel Stools - Pair C
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Contemporary style bar stools by Charleston Forge. Wrought iron with a Shaker arch back, cream colored fabric upholstered round seats that swivel, arced stretchers and bar ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Seating

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Antique Shaker Oak Ladderback Country Farmhouse Rush Seat Dining Chair Childs
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Shaker child sized country farmhouse dining chair featuring ladder back and rush seat.  
Category

Early 20th Century Shaker Seating

Materials

Rush, Oak

CHARLESTON FORGE Wrought Iron Shaker Arch Bar Height Swivel Stools - Pair D
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Contemporary style bar stools by Charleston Forge. Wrought iron with a Shaker arch back, cream colored fabric upholstered round seats that swivel, arced stretchers and bar ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Seating

Materials

Wrought Iron

Early 20th Century South West Ladder High Back Rocking Chair
By Shaker Style
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Early 20th century South West ladder high back rocking chair Great country accent, ladder high back rocking chair with cane. Honey color, wonderful worn patina. The seat is handwo...
Category

Early 1900s American Antique Shaker Seating

Materials

Maple

Set of 4 Yngvar Sandström Dining Room Chairs in Solid Oak by Nordiska Kompaniet
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful set of four solid oak dining room chairs from the Triva series, designed by Yngvar Sandstrom from Sweden in the second half of the 20th century. The seats are upholstered i...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Shaker Seating

Materials

Faux Leather, Oak

Walnut Arc Bench
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Walnut Arc Bench by Noah Spencer elegantly juxtaposes curved and straight lines and is inspired by architecture and the minimalism of Shaker design. Materials: walnut, tung oil ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Seating

Materials

Walnut

Exceptional 19th C. Hand Made Quaker Meeting House Bench, New England/Cape Cod
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Exceptional 19th C. Hand made Quaker Meeting House bench, New England/Cape Cod (Shaker) Pine, Iron Measures: H: 33.5, Seat H: 17.5 D: 16.5, Seat D: 15 W: 120 in. PAIR AVAILABLE
Category

Mid-19th Century American Antique Shaker Seating

Materials

Pine

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