History and Information about Baker Furniture
The inspiration for Baker Furniture was started in Michigan by a Dutch immigrant craftsman, named Siebe Baker. Hollis Baker continued the furniture craftsman tradition forming the beginnings of the company in the 1920's. Even dating that far back in history, the same hallmark theme has transcended the company which is construction of fine quality furniture made with high end woods. An often seen sign with Baker is the technique of inlay and marquetry.The technique of marquetry is to decorate a piece where elaborate patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of material (such as wood, shell, or ivory) into a wood veneer that is then applied to a surface. Baker has fine examples using this technique to enhance the style of a piece.
Before the industrial revolution, furniture craftsmen would hand plane the tops of tables and casegoods. Hand planing is truly an art that requires a trained eye and skilled hand. Today, the finest Baker craftsmen employ this old world tradition to create several of the pieces in this collection.
Great traditional wooden pieces abound throughout the Baker collection. These pieces are built to last a lifetime. Though the prices may be higher than other lines on the market, Baker's pieces should remain in style long into the future.
The Baker expertise in meticulously re-crafting history's finest furniture is especially evident in the Historic Charleston collection. Based on thousands of hours of research and design, each piece is inspired by the era's original furniture. From elegant formal to sophisticated casual, we present to you the period's most cherished pieces.
During the 1990's, the Baker Furniture Company was selected by Colonial Williamsburg to continue its Reproduction Program. With its years of experience and quality craftsmanship, Baker furniture was already well respected for its furniture made under license to the Historic Charleston Foundation, and continued this tradition for Colonial Williamsburg. The partnership with Colonial Williamsburg only last a few years before a disagreement over construction and building process.
Baker Furniture is also well known for its Stately Homes Collection which reproduces important antiques from English, Scottish and Irish Manor Houses.
In the mid part of the 20th century, Baker was the premier high quality furniture company that set the bench mark for other companies. Classic and timeless designs, high quality production processes and attention to detail make many of these older Baker pieces a great value.
Today, Baker is still going strong with many different lines of furniture, including contemporary, French, decorative upholstery, and traditional. Within the last few years, they have some items and processes being done outside of the US, however for the most part they still maintain a relatively high standard in the quality of the product they produce. Baker tends to be an industry leader as far as trends and designs while still manufacturing many traditional and timeless pieces such as their Historic Charleston and Stately Homes Collections. Their premier Stately Homes Collection is still 100% manufactured in the US and represents one of its strongest followings on the secondary market. This is a wonderful collection for discriminating buyers who look for fine English and Scottish style antique reproductions of some of the greatest castles and homes from that region.
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