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Identifying Furniture Styles & Periods

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1. Which one of the following elements is characteristic of
Gothic furniture?
A. Melon-bulb turnings
B. Tracery designs
C. Carving of acanthus leaves
D. Animal shapes
2. A sideboard is a
A. type of card table.
B. drop-leaf table.
C. chest of drawers.
D. dining room serving piece.
3. When bits of wood or other materials are set into the surface
of wood furniture, the result is known as
A. marquetry. C. gilding.
B. ormolu. D. lacquering.

4. The rococo style is characterized by
A. decoration based on motifs such as a flower, fruit, or shell.
B. the flowing, twisting lines of growing plants.
C. straight, simple, nonornamental lines.
D. decoration based on Classical motifs such as the sphinx.
5. A chair with a squared back, open-lined splats, curved arms, cabriole legs, and
claw-and-ball feet is typical of the designs of
A. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. C. Robert Adam.
B. Frank Lloyd Wright. D. Thomas Chippendale.
6. A decorative spread eagle is characteristic of the style known as
A. Regency. C. Federal.
B. Victorian. D. Biedermeier.
7. The only ornamentation on American Shaker furniture was provided by
A. the natural grain of the wood. C. inlays.
B. delicate carvings. D. turned arms and legs.
8. The influence of Asian countries is evident in the use of
A. overstuffed upholstery. C. ormolu.
B. fiberglass and plastic. D. rattan and wicker.
9. Most modern furniture designs are based on the concept that
A. beauty and color combinations should be of prime consideration.
B. designs of the past should be incorporated into modern furniture.
C. the form of an object should develop out of the function it performs.
D. comfort is more important than shape or function.
10. Which one of the following styles is considered provincial?
A. Seventeenth-century English designs
B. Early American designs
C. Eclectic designs
D. Gothic designs
11. One characteristic of Tudor furniture is its
A. similarity to the Greek classical style.
B. painted ornamentation and ornateness.
C. curved lines.
D. big and sturdy size.

12. A rush seat is typical of what style of furniture?
A. Early American C. Italian Provincial
B. French Provincial D. English Regency
13. The chair in Examination Figure 1
is a variation of the style known as
A. Windsor.
B. Chippendale.
C. Adam.
D. Mission.
14. The legs on the chair in Examination Figure 1 are
A. cornucopia legs. C. spade legs.
B. cabriole legs. D. splayed legs.
15. The back on the chair in
Examination Figure 2 is
commonly known as a
A. ladder back.
B. splat back.
C. fiddleback.
D. lyre back.
16. What period does the chair back
in Examination Figure 3 typically
A. Georgian
B. Queen Anne
C. Louis XV
D. Empire

17. Which one of these illustrations is an example of a Flemish scroll leg?
A. C.
B. D.
18. What type of leg is pictured in
Examination Figure 4?
A. Cornucopia
B. Provincial
C. Jacobean
D. Cabriole
19. The William and Mary piece in
Examination Figure 5 is called
A. highboy.
B. lowboy.
C. armoire.
D. gateleg table.

20. What style is the commode pictured
in Examination Figure 6?
A. Gothic
B. Colonial
C. Regency
D. Louis XV

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