Federal Style

Federal Style Antiques and Federal Furniture

Federal furniture is American furniture produced in the Federal Period from 1789 to 1823. Important furniture makers who worked in the federal style included Duncan Phyfe and Charles-Honoré Lannuier. The style was influenced by the Georgian and Adam styles, and the American Empire style replaced the Federal Style.

Pieces in this style are known by their sharply geometric forms, legs that are usually straight rather than curved, contrasting veneers, and geometric inlay patterns on otherwise flat surfaces. Pictorial motifs usually reference the new federal government with symbols such as the eagle.