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Jacobean
Early American
William and Mary
Queen Anne
Colonial
Georgian
Pennsylvania Dutch
Chippendale
Robert Adam
Hepplewhite
Federal
Sheraton
Duncan Phyfe
American Empire
Shaker
Victorian
Arts and Craft
Art Nouveau
Scandinavian Contemporary


     

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Furniture Style Glossary: Finish


Finish

Gilding
Gold leaf.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Colonial
  • Georgian
  • Robert Adam
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire
  • Victorian

Lacquer
Tough, adherent finish that can be clear or pigmented.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Queen Anne
  • Arts and Craft
  • Art Nouveau

Oil Varnish
Clear finish that emphasizes the grain of the wood.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • Early American
  • William and Mary
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Georgian
  • Chippendale
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire
  • Shaker
  • Victorian
  • Art Nouveau
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

Paint
Opaque, pigmented finish that obscures the grain of the wood.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • William and Mary
  • Colonial
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • American Empire
  • Shaker
  • Art Nouveau

Shellac
Tough transparent finish.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Arts and Craft

Stain
Transparent to moderately opaque finish that alters the color of the grain of the wood.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Arts and Craft
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

Wax
Paste finish over a sealer, stain, or bare wood.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • Early American
  • William and Mary
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Chippendale
  • Arts and Craft
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

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