About Italian Style
Italian furniture encompass a variety of mostly traditional styles, although there are certain things that each will have in common. Heavily influenced by Neoclassicism and the Empire styles of the 18th century, most Italian furniture is the best kind of opulent. Many of the Italian styles we find to be the most popular among collectors of fine vintage and antique furniture fall into the Neoclassical or Provincial category. Of course, American furniture makers have been putting their own spins and twists on classical Italian style furniture for more than 150 years. Producers from American of Martinsville to White of Mebane and beyond have graced the world with functional and beautiful Italian style furniture.
Revel in the opulence of nature herself when you surround yourself with Neoclassical Italian furniture. Stunning burled fruitwood is the main wood used in the solid construction of these pieces, the finishes hand-rubbed until they glisten. The unique and mesmerizing grain of the fruitwood is enough to draw your attention without the need of ornamentation. Neoclassical Italian furniture tends to be simple in build and construction, but with unquestionably solid craftsmanship. Expect to see simple, symmetrical carving as the most prevalent ornamentation. Neoclassical features straight lines and an emphasis on function with zero sacrifice to form. We have notable Neoclassical styles from producers like Weiman Furniture and Thomasville Furniture.
The Provincial Italian style is decidedly more romantic than Neoclassical. It hearkens more toward the graceful curves of traditional furniture construction. Scalloped edges feature heavily in the Provincial style and it has more ornamentation. Expect to see more in the lighter finished woods and to see detailing like inlays and filigree. Provincial Italian furniture is unapologetic about its attention-grabbing opulence. It is ageless, sophisticated, and rich. We have Provincial designs from popular brands like Stanley Furniture and Heritage Furniture.