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Collectors know what to look for when buying antiques and collectibles at local antique shops, malls and stores throughout. For those of us who donít know too much about fine furnishings and especially Chippendale style furniture, here are some things to look for.
Keep in mind that the Chippendale style used a lot of Rococo, Chinese and Gothic influences as well as carvings and Open Pediments. Additionally, Chippendale only used the finest woods available including Mahogany, Walnut and Cherry. Chippendale style furniture will often have cabriole legs, which are curved legs that may end in claw and ball feet, especially if the furniture was American made. Although some chairs may indeed have straight legs, again depending on the origin or the chair. Similar to using only the finest woods, the Chippendale used only the finest materials to upholster furniture.
Chippendale style cabinets use a lot of Gothic spires atop massive pieces of furniture as can be seen on Highboys and Secretaries of the period. In addition, in more elaborate pieces of fine furniture you might see concave shell and wreath carvings reminiscent of previous eras of furniture design and yet other pieces may include rich gilded carvings. Yet the most simple of the designs is the block front, which the Chippendale designs used on tables and small chests.
The Rhinebeck Antiques Fair is one of the Mid-Atlanticís best antique shows and probably one of the best in the country. It has been around for more than 33 years and features some of the best antiques dealers in the country selling everything from Fine Antiques to rare and hard to find vintage collectibles. The Rhinebeck Antiques Fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday May 23 & 24, 2009 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York.