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The period furniture designs of the 17th
through the early 19th centuries
are regarded as the
standards of design quality and the execution of those designs are the
benchmarks of excellence in workmanship.
The finest examples of the
period antiques occupy prominent positions in the world's leading art
However, the true period antiques that do
appear on the open market command stratospheric prices. Few people
can afford the luxury of owning such furniture.
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Chippendale Silver Table
34-1/2" w x21"
d x 27" h
by John Townsend, Newport, Rhode Island
Circa 1760 -
photograph by Howard L. Canoune
49" w x 25" d x 71" h
"The Gentleman &
By Thomas Chippendale, 3rd
Plate No. CXXIX, 1753
photograph by Barbara Brown
Owning a period original can be
problematic: accidental damage, especially to an original finish, can
result in a significant loss of value.
Reproductions of the
museum originals provide the look and feel of the period original at a
fraction of the cost and without the liability.