During the 1600's and 1700's, pine was mainly used for paneling and as a foundation for veneers. It was not until the 1800's that pine was used more for furniture.
Paint was applied in a process called graining where combs and brushes were run over the paint to give the appearance of the grain in finer woods. The most common colors were brown, red, or green.
Although rare to find, a piece in it original paint is increasingly more desirable. Most antique pine pieces have been painted numerous times as each generation desired a change of color. As such, most of our pine antiques have been stripped and waxed to bring out its beautifully aged wood.
As one of the oldest shops on Atlanta's famous Bennett Street,
Designer Antiques, Ltd. has developed a reputation for delivering high-quality
late nineteenth-century English and Irish antique pine furniture.
Britain led the world in industrialization during the 1800's. Population expansion
and wealth came with the Industrial Revolution which led to greater demand
and greater furniture production. Most English
and Irish antique pine furniture available today dates from the 1850's to
1890's as this coincided with the Industrial Age. Prior to this, most pine furniture was made by local carpenters.
There are many wonderful pine pieces from the pre-industrial age, but its availability
is very limited.
Antique pine furniture reflects an ease and simplicity associated with life during the 1800's - furniture build to be practical in a comfortable and timeless style.