How To Spot Egyptian Antique Furniture
Egyptian men used two types of chairs. The first type was made of wood with a slight curved inwards seat. This design was probably to make for more comfortable sitting.
This type of chair was built with three wooden legs, which curved outwards. The chair was of a simple design and purposely built for long term use. It could withstand constant daily rough treatment. This type of chair could easily be placed in a present day kitchen, and would not appear out of place.
The second type of chair used by Egyptian men had a more elaborate design. This type of chair had crossed supports and could be folded or collapsed for easy carrying.
The bottom of the legs of this chair were carved and shaped with geese heads. Ivory was inlaid to this type of chair. The end result was a splendid piece of furniture.
Most Egyptian antique furniture is extremely old, dating
from 1500 to 1400 B.C. And some furniture found in Egypt is believed to be three thousand years old. Some even dating much older.
Egyptian craftsmen were extremely talented and turned out furniture rails and legs as if they had used a present day lathe. Perfect fitting mortise and tenon joints appearing as if they had been machine made.
Small wooden boxes were made, probably to keep jewellery in. Some were inlaid with small blue pottery squares and coloured with bright turquoise. Other boxes were inlaid with ivory veneer.
Spoons made of wood have been found, with various designs intricately carved into them. A lot of this work required artistic men with great skill to carve the many designs.
Different types of wood was used to make Egyptian furniture. Many types of furniture was made from ebony. This is a hard and heavy jet-black wood. Ebony takes on a high polish and was ideal for the Egyptians, when making carvings, woodwind instruments and knife handles as well as furniture. Ebony was also used to make some types of Egyptian jewellery.
Another type of wood used by the Egyptians to make furniture was cedar. This is a hard yellow sweet-smelling type of wood. Cedar is also used today for making furniture and for building houses.
Other types of wood was also used to make Egyptian furniture as well as the two mentioned. It is important to know the different types of wood used by the Egyptians, what they look like, and the purpose they were used for. That is, if you want to be able to know how to spot Egyptian antique furniture.
Robert McMurtrie of HK Antiques. Visit HK Antiques at: www.hk-antiques.com/