Uncategorized December, 16 2009

Antique Dealer Spotlight | Thomas Schwenke

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Dealing since 1970, Thomas Schwenke specializes in furniture of the American Federal period. A key moment in the development of American arts, the Federal period (1785 to 1820) brought larger homes and more distinct refinement to the former Colonies. The furniture takes from English and French design, but adds twists of national motif and emblem.

Schwenke is recognized as on of the foremost experts in American Federal furniture, reflected in his inventory. Early and late neoclassical styles are well represented. Additionally, European (particularly English) pieces of the period intermingle with the furniture of American origin. For example, the set of carved mahogany Regency chairs above were produced in England ca. 1820.

Thomas Schwenke’s shop is located in Woodbury, CT.

A few selections from current inventory after the jump.

Hepplewhite Chairs, attributed to the Potthast Brothers, Baltimore, late 19th-century

Neoclassical Side Chairs, Contenental Europe, Early 19th-Century

Classical Round Dining Table, New York, 1820-1825