Important Furniture During the Baroque Period: Part I

by Liza Laserow

The Cabinet: During the Baroque period the northern German was the most common type of cabinets where they were often imported from but some were actually made in Sweden. It had a structure of  oak and a veneer of walnut. The heavy molding is a characteristic attribute. The front is divided into three parts by pilasters. The cabinets opens with two grand doors decorated with ovals or squares. Its standing on a rectangular base with two drawers and the whole piece is resting on large ball feet.

The Table: The English/Dutch kind of table which was often a dining table had turned legs standing on ball feet. The legs are attached with a foot cross and the top was rectangular or round. The French version of the Baroque table had heavy ornate shapes with a rectangular top that rested on four cabriole legs. The legs met in a foot cross with a carved figure or flower basket as center piece.

The Chair: The so called Crown Chair came to Sweden imported from England and was a dark kind of chair with a high back dressed with rattan on back and seat. A sculptured bar united the four carved legs. The backsplat’s rattan part is framed by a carved wooden part. In the picture you see the Dutch version with an upholstered seat and back, here in black velvet. The french version of the Baroque char is heavily ornate in carved gilded wood.