Antique carved American furniture: A cut above the rest

A pair of Philadelphia Queen Anne side chairs earned $46,000 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2020 at Westport Auction. Image courtesy of Westport Auction and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — While heavily carved furniture is not in vogue today, carved embellishments on American furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries elevated mundane household fittings to fine art. Their motifs can range from simple carved cabriole legs and relatively plain ornamentation to enthusiastic carving on nearly every inch of the available wood surface. […]