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
By Noah Spencer, Fort Makers
By Noah Spencer, Fort Makers
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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 fin...
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Dealer Location: Oakland, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hardwood
"Lore" Bed, Contemporary Shaker-Style Solid Wood a...
2010s American Shaker Bedroom Furniture
Hardwood
The "Lore bed" features a solid wood headboard pinned into slots in the posts with brass dowels. All outer edges of the legs feature elegant round-overs that soften the piece and make i...
19th Century Maple Shaker Rocking Armchair Mt. Lebanon, New York
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Dealer Location: Savannah, GA
Materials & Techniques: Rush, Maple
19th Century Maple Shaker Rocking Armchair Mt. Leb...
Mt. Lebanon Shaker Community
Antique 1880s American Shaker Rocking Chairs
Rush, Maple
Antique maple rocker with arms marked "Shakers No 1 Trademark Mt. Lebanon NY." It retains it original dark walnut color varnish and rush seat. Nice old worn patina, circa late 1800s. Me...
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Dealer Location: Portland, OR
Materials & Techniques: Cherry
Hill Dining Table by Tretiak Works, Handcrafted So...
Nick Tretiak
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Cherry
This lightweight yet sturdy dining table draws from Classic farm and Shaker table design. The slim profile and slightly shaped and tapered legs lend an elegance to the piece. Pictur...
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Dealer Location: Oakland, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hardwood
Small "Lore" Bench, Solid-Wood, Black Walnut, Mode...
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honour of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimensio...
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Dealer Location: Shippensburg, PA
Materials & Techniques: Cherry
Custom American Studio Made Cherry Candle Stand Si...
Late 20th Century American Shaker End Tables
Cherry
This very sleek and finely crafted solid cherry candle stand is austere and designed with simple effective lines. The round top is chamfered around the edges to lighten the visual weigh...
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Dealer Location: Oakland, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hardwood
Small "Lore" Console Table Bleached Maple, Modern ...
2010s American Shaker Console Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several Classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
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Dealer Location: Shippensburg, PA
Materials & Techniques: Cherry
American Shaker Style Cherry Candlestand Side Tabl...
Late 20th Century Shaker End Tables
Cherry
This very sleek and finely crafted solid cherry candlestand is austere and designed with simple effective lines. The round top is chamfered around the edges to lighten the visual weight...
Custom Handmade Shaker Style Cherrywood Dining Tab...
Late 20th Century Shaker Dining Room Tables
A carefully handmade custom table executed in solid cherrywood, the dining table is austere and orderly in its’ clean lines and angular form. The long boards are capped with breadboard ...
Monolith Ladderback Chair by Phaedo, White, Washed Oak
Customizable
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Dealer Location: Kingston, NY
Materials & Techniques: Canvas, Oak
Monolith Ladderback Chair by Phaedo, White, Washed...
Morgan Spaulding
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Chairs
Canvas, Oak
The monolith ladderback chair is a playful take on the classic Shaker style ladder back chair. The monolith motif is seen moving across the work to invoke the sense of life and movem...
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Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Materials & Techniques: Oak
Solid Quarter Sawn Oak Credenza and Hutch Amish Ma...
Unknown
2010s American Shaker Desks and Writing Tables
Oak
An Amish made, solid oak credenza with a solid oak hutch. The two pieces were constructed using quarter sawn oak. It was meticulously built with lots of subtle detailing which all add t...
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Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Solid Quarter Sawn Oak Executive Amish Made Desk
Unknown
2010s American Shaker Desks and Writing Tables
Wood
A solid quarter sawn oak executive desk. This beautiful piece was made here in the US by the Amish. It has been meticulously constructed with subtle details that add to its stately deme...
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Dealer Location: Oakland, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hardwood
Large "Lore" Dining Table Solid-Wood, Black Walnut...
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several Classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
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Dealer Location: Oakland, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hardwood
Medium "Lore" Bench - Solid-Wood, Black Walnut, Mo...
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honour of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimensio...
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Dealer Location: Oakland, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hardwood
Large "Lore" Solid Wood Bench in Black Walnut, Mod...
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several Classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
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Dealer Location: Oakland, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hardwood
Medium "Lore" Dining Table, Solid-Wood, Black Waln...
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several Classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honour of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimensio...
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Dealer Location: Oakland, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hardwood
Large "Lore" Console Table - Solid-wood, Walnut or...
2010s American Shaker Console Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
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Dealer Location: Oakland, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hardwood
Small "Lore" Dining Table, Solid-Wood, Black Walnu...
2010s American Shaker Dining Room Tables
Hardwood
This piece is one of several classic and simple furniture pieces that was named in honor of Dave's grandmother who passed away shortly before the collection was designed. Bold dimension...
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Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Shaker Side Chair Enfield Conn Community
Unknown
Antique Mid-19th Century American Shaker Primitives
Wood
Early Shaker side chair with original honey surface. Made mid-19th century by the Enfield Conn. Community.
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Dealer Location: Elmwood Park, NJ
Materials & Techniques: Oak
Pair of Solid Oak Cerused Pickled White Wash Squar...
20th Century American Shaker Side Tables
Oak
Vintage peg jointed square pickled oak end occasional tables stands. Could be used as bench.
Shabby Chic Turkish Konya Vintage Runner
20th Century Turkish Shaker Turkish Rugs
Distressed Turkish runner with an all-over repetitive design.
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Dealer Location: Peabody, MA
Materials & Techniques: Maple
Authentic Original Mt. Lebanon Shaker No. 3 Rockin...
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Shaker Rocking Chairs
Maple
Antique Shaker rocker, circa 1890s. Impressed mark, Model No. 3, on back slat. In stained maple with original woven splint seat.
Primitive Shaker Tray or Platter
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Dealer Location: East Hampton, NY
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Primitive Shaker Tray or Platter
Vintage 1930s American Shaker Platters and Serveware
Wood
A beautifully worn Primitive tray in diamond shape. This is great for fruit, cheeses or keys catcher.
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Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Pewter, Oak
Oak Pressed Back Chairs
Antique 18th Century and Earlier American Shaker Dining Room Chairs
Pewter, Oak
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 Cali...
David Rosén Corner Cabinet
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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
By Axel Einar Hjorth, Nordiska Kompaniet
By Axel Einar Hjorth, Nordiska Kompaniet
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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.  
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Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Large Shaker Gathering Basket, circa 1840-1850
Unknown
Antique 1840s American Shaker Antiquities
Wood
Black ash, tall finely carved side handles with smooth patinated original finish, double wrapped rim, tall inverted base, overall very good condition with some splint loose on top rim b...
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Dealer Location: New Hope, PA
Materials & Techniques: Maple, Pine
Large Shaker Maple and Pine Carrier with Yellow Wa...
Antique 1830s American Shaker Bowls and Baskets
Maple, Pine
A large shaker carrier from the New Lebanon, New York, village. This maple and pine carrier retains remnants of its original yellow stained finish and is a superb example of the thought...
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Dealer Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Materials & Techniques: Wool
Primitive Oval Hook Rug with Fleur De Lis Centre
Vintage 1930s American Shaker Textiles
Wool
Primitive oval hook rug, depicting fruits and fleur de lis centre. In shades of red, orange, green, grey and black. Rug hooking is both an art and a craft where rugs are made by pullin...
#1 Shaker Childs Diminutive Armchair
By Mt. Lebanon Shaker Community
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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.
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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
By Carl Malmsten, Svensk Fur
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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.
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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
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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
Swedish Milking Stool
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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
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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
By Bill and Judy Sayle
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Dealer Location: Nantucket, MA
Materials & Techniques: Bone, Reed, Oak
Shallow Oval Form Basket
Bill and Judy Sayle
21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Bowls and Baskets
Bone, Reed, Oak
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
Early Rocking Chair
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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.
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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.