Shaker Style

“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.


Genuine Shaker antiques are hard to come by, but not exceedingly rare — 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 these pages, 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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Walnut Arc Bench
Walnut Arc Bench
Offered by Fort Makers
Dimensions: H 18 in. W 18 in. D 4 ft.
Dealer Location: Brooklyn, NY
Materials & Techniques: Walnut
Walnut Arc Bench
Noah Spencer, Fort Makers
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Benches
Walnut
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 f...
Bench Stack
Bench Stack
Offered by Fort Makers
Customizable
Dimensions: H 15 in. W 16 in. D 36 in.
Dealer Location: Brooklyn, NY
Materials & Techniques: Cherry, Maple, Walnut
Bench Stack
Noah Spencer, Fort Makers
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Benches
Cherry, Maple, Walnut
Each bench in this set features a uniquely carved top made from cherry, walnut or maple. Inspired by organic form and Minimalist shaker design, the benches can be arranged in many ways....
Large Shaker-Style Farm Table
Large Shaker-Style Farm Table
Offered by Benjamin Wilson Antiques
Dimensions: H 30.5 in. W 7 ft. D 40 in.
Dealer Location: Hudson, NY
Large Shaker-Style Farm Table
Vintage 1970s Shaker Farm Tables
Beautifully crafted. American made farm table in pine.
Two Similar Shaker Oval Ditty Boxes
Two Similar Shaker Oval Ditty Boxes
Offered by Daniel Stein Antiques
Dimensions: H 2.5 in. W 5.5 in. D 4 in.
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Materials & Techniques: Maple, Pine
Two Similar Shaker Oval Ditty Boxes
Antique Mid-19th Century American Shaker Boxes
Maple, Pine
A near pair of shaker bentwood maple and pine oval ditty boxes of lapped finger construction one retaining its original blue green paint, circa 1830-1850. Owner's name written on the to...
Shaker Laundry Basket
Shaker Laundry Basket
Offered by Darrell Dean Antiques
Shaker Laundry Basket
Offered by Darrell Dean Antiques
Dimensions: H 14.38 in. W 34.25 in. D 19 in.
Dealer Location: Kensington, MD
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Shaker Laundry Basket
Antique Mid-19th Century American Shaker More Folk Art
Wood
Shaker rectangular laundry basket with four metal rings at each corner for hanging from Hancock Shaker Community Pittsfield Mass.
#1 Shaker Childs Diminutive Armchair
#1 Shaker Childs Diminutive Armchair
Offered by Connors Roth
#1 Shaker Childs Diminutive Armchair
Offered by Connors Roth
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 16 in. D 13.75 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
#1 Shaker Childs Diminutive Armchair
Mt. Lebanon Shaker Community
Antique Late 19th Century American Shaker Painted Furniture
The proportions on this little gem are so exactly like the large 'adult' version it just doesn't appear (in a photo) as small as it actually is.
American Library Ladder, Boston, circa 1850
American Library Ladder, Boston, circa 1850
Offered by Bonnin Ashley Antiques Inc
Dimensions: H 6 ft. 7 in. W 23 in. D 34 in.
Dealer Location: Miami, FL
Materials & Techniques: Pine
American Library Ladder, Boston, circa 1850
Antique 1850s American Shaker Home Accents
Pine
This American scrubbed pine library ladder would be a perfect way to retrieve books from your home library or a perfect perch for your potted plants. Reminiscent in design of the Hancoc...
Early 19th Century Shaker-Style Tall Blanket Chest from Vermont
Early 19th Century Shaker-Style Tall Blanket Chest from Vermont
Offered by East Meets West Antiques
Dimensions: H 30 in. W 44 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Pine
Early 19th Century Shaker-Style Tall Blanket Chest...
Shaker Style
20th Century American Shaker Blanket Chests
Pine
This early old natural stain finish has all the original hardware and wood drawer pulls. The wonderful simple shaker like style tall chest is in good condition. The inside strap hinges ...
Shaker-Style Bench Designed by Arno Lambrecht
Shaker-Style Bench Designed by Arno Lambrecht
Offered by Ampersand House
Dimensions: H 31.5 in. W 5 ft. 10.9 in. D 27.56 in.
Dealer Location: Brussels, BE
Shaker-Style Bench Designed by Arno Lambrecht
Unknown, Arno Lambrecht
Vintage 1950s German Shaker Benches
Rare Shaker-style bench from Germany with charming rush mat seating. Designed by Arno Lambrecht. Manufactured in Germany by WK-Sozialwerk. We use as an entry hall bench or in a dining s...
19th Century Mt. Lebanon Shaker Ladder Back and Tilter Side Chair
19th Century Mt. Lebanon Shaker Ladder Back and Tilter Side Chair
Offered by East Meets West Antiques
Dimensions: H 36 in. W 15 in. D 14 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Maple
19th Century Mt. Lebanon Shaker Ladder Back and Ti...
Unknown
Antique Mid-19th Century American Shaker Side Chairs
Maple
This original surface 19th century Mt. Lebanon, New York Shaker ladder back chair retains the original stained finish. The back lower legs have the original tilters and the hand woven s...
Carl Malmsten Pine Bench
Carl Malmsten Pine Bench
Offered by Ampersand House
Dimensions: H 17.72 in. W 35.43 in. D 12.99 in.
Dealer Location: Brussels, BE
Materials & Techniques: Pine
Carl Malmsten Pine Bench
Carl Malmsten, Svensk Fur
Vintage 1940s Swedish Shaker Benches
Pine
A pair of aged pine Visingsö benches by Carl Malmsten.
Set of Six Safari Dining Chairs in the Style of Mogens Koch, Denmark, 1960s
Set of Six Safari Dining Chairs in the Style of Mogens Koch, Denmark, 1960s
Offered by STILSPIEL
Dimensions: H 33.07 in. W 22.83 in. D 20.47 in.
Dealer Location: Berlin, DE
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Leather, Oak
Set of Six Safari Dining Chairs in the Style of Mo...
Mogens Koch
Mid-20th Century Danish Shaker Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Leather, Oak
Rare set of six foldable Safari chairs with an oak frame, cognac brown neck leather and brass sleeves. The dining chairs are in very good vintage condition, the leather surface has a ch...
Thomas Moser Maple Drop-Leaf Table, Signed
Thomas Moser Maple Drop-Leaf Table, Signed
Offered by Thomas Jolly Antiques
Dimensions: H 30 in. W 6 ft. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Buchanan, MI
Materials & Techniques: Maple
Thomas Moser Maple Drop-Leaf Table, Signed
Thomas Moser
20th Century American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Maple
Thomas Moser Maple Drop-Leaf Table, Signed
David Rosén Corner Cabinet
David Rosén Corner Cabinet
Offered by Ampersand House
Dimensions: H 5 ft. 6.9 in. W 37.4 in. D 21.65 in.
Dealer Location: Brussels, BE
Materials & Techniques: Teak
David Rosén Corner Cabinet
David Rosén
Vintage 1950s Swedish Shaker Corner Cupboards
Teak
Elegant Swedish lockable corner cabinet by David Rosén. Teak with a carved motif frontage
Axel Einar Hjorth Corner Cabinet
Axel Einar Hjorth Corner Cabinet
Offered by Ampersand House
Dimensions: H 6 ft. 2.8 in. W 35.83 in. D 23.62 in.
Dealer Location: Brussels, BE
Materials & Techniques: Pine
Axel Einar Hjorth Corner Cabinet
Axel Einar Hjorth, Nordiska Kompaniet
Vintage 1930s Swedish Shaker Corner Cupboards
Pine
"Sandhamn", corner cabinet, designed by Axel Einar Hjorth for Nordiska Kompaniet in Sweden in 1929. Shaker-style, made of aged pine
Swedish Milking Stool
Swedish Milking Stool
Offered by Ampersand House
Dimensions: H 15.35 in. Dm 10.63 in.
Dealer Location: Brussels, BE
Materials & Techniques: Oak
Swedish Milking Stool
Axel Einar Hjorth
Vintage 1930s Swedish Shaker Stools
Oak
Petite solid oak milking stool from Sweden in the manner of Axel Einar Hjorth
Ladder High Back Rocking Chair
Ladder High Back Rocking Chair
Offered by Mosaik
Dimensions: H 44 in. W 21 in. D 23 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Maple
Ladder High Back Rocking Chair
Shaker Style
Antique Late 19th Century American Shaker Rocking Chairs
Maple
Great country accent, ladder high back rocking chair with straw. Honey color, wonderful worn patina. The seat is hand-woven .The condition is good with wear consistent with age and use...
Shallow Oval Form Basket
Shallow Oval Form Basket
Offered by Sylvia Antiques
Dimensions: H 7.5 in. W 8.5 in. D 5.5 in.
Dealer Location: Nantucket, MA
Materials & Techniques: Bone, Oak, Reed
Shallow Oval Form Basket
Bill and Judy Sayle
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Bowls and Baskets
Bone, Oak, Reed
Unusual shallow oval form Nantucket lightship basket with antique bone handle, rims and base with oak staves. 8 ½” x 5 ½” x 3”, 7 ½” to handle crest
19th Century Mexican Red Painted Stepback Cupboard
19th Century Mexican Red Painted Stepback Cupboard
Offered by Rare Elements
Dimensions: H 6 ft. 8 in. W 31.5 in. D 22 in.
Dealer Location: Concord, MA
Materials & Techniques: Pine
19th Century Mexican Red Painted Stepback Cupboard...
Antique Late 19th Century American Shaker Cupboards
Pine
Terrific 19th century Mexican cupboard with original red paint, 19th century. Constructed in one piece with glass doors revealing two shelfs over a cabinet base raised on feet. Dimensio...
Early Rocking Chair
Early Rocking Chair
Offered by Prospect Hill Antiques
Early Rocking Chair
Offered by Prospect Hill Antiques
Dimensions: H 42 in. W 22 in. D 38 in.
Dealer Location: Georges Mills, NH
Materials & Techniques: Rush, Wood
Early Rocking Chair
Antique Early 1800s American Shaker Rocking Chairs
Rush, Wood
American ladder back rocking chair Rush seat.
Oak Pressed Back Chairs
Oak Pressed Back Chairs
Offered by Ralph Lauren
Dimensions: H 38 in. W 19 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Oak, Pewter
Oak Pressed Back Chairs
Antique 18th Century and Earlier American Shaker Dining Room Chairs
Oak, Pewter
Set of three pressed back chairs in what appears to be oak. Five spindles form the back of the chair. All are solid and sturdy. *Not available for sale or to ship in the state of Cal...
Pair of Shaker Style Ladderback Chairs
Pair of Shaker Style Ladderback Chairs
Offered by East Meets West Antiques
Dimensions: H 37 in. W 18 in. D 15 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Pine
Pair of Shaker Style Ladderback Chairs
Shaker Style
Antique 19th Century American Shaker Side Chairs
Pine
19th c. early New England Shaker style Ladderback Chairs.