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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Dimensions: H 41.5 in. W 23 in. D 16.75 in.
Dealer Location: Brooklyn, NY
Materials & Techniques: Ash, Cherry
Vintage Signed Cherrywood Dining Set by Thomas Mos...
Thomas Moser
Vintage 1980s American Shaker Dining Room Sets
Ash, Cherry
Gorgeous dining set comprised of one table with additional leaf and four armchairs; handmade by Thomas Moser Cabinetmakers 1985-86. Purchased directly from the estate of the original ow...
Two Similar Shaker Oval Ditty Boxes
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
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
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.
Bench Stack
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....
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 18 in. D 14 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Maple
19th Century Shaker Style Side Table/Nightstand
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Shaker Side Tables
Maple
This fine simple lines taper leg table is in the form of Shaker furniture. It is a shaker style form with nice early wood peg construction. The condition is very good.
Walnut Arc Bench
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...
Early Two-Tiered Shaker Hat
Dimensions: H 5.5 in. W 17.25 in. D 17.25 in.
Dealer Location: Seattle, WA
Materials & Techniques: Linen, Straw
Early Two-Tiered Shaker Hat
Early 20th Century American Shaker More Furniture and Collectibles
Linen, Straw
This is an unusual handmade two-tiered shaker hat. The underside of the hat is uniquely constructed with a linen wrapped headband and spacers.
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...
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
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...
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
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.
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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.