8 Characteristics of William and Mary Furniture

The William and Mary era ushered in a more comfortable visual appeal for a more comfortable lifestyle.  It is not necessarily expected to find all of the characteristics of the design in each piece.  However, three or four elements at a minimum are usually present.  Among the most recognizable characteristics of this design are:

  1. Turned trumpet style legs.
  2. Crossed stretchers, often X – shaped
  3. Hooded cabinet tops, either single or double
  4. Ball feet or bun feet (slightly flattened ball).
  5. Aprons or skirts that reflect the hoods on cabinets
  6. Large unbroken surfaces that were often lacquered.
  7. Introduction of veneers from the French.
  8. Often burled walnut.

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