Furniture and Household Accessories
Among collectors there are three types of furniture designed and
built in Canada worth pursuing.
- The painted furniture of Quebec - armoires, beds, tables and
chairs depicting carving or overlay methods.
- Furnishings produced in Upper Canada. Although often rustic, it
was on a par with the best work of English or New England
cabinetmakers. Connoisseurs prize desks, chests of drawers and
parlour items from that period.
- The folk furniture of the Canadian Prairies. Also designed and
made to meet everyday needs, these highly decorated wooden tables,
chairs, lockers, chests, cribs, and rockers were most often locally
made from 1890 to 1930.
Today new items are often decorated with designs or symbols
taken from those historical articles, an indication of how
attractive they are. Some have become influences in all Canadian
kitchens: the utensils used to prepare and serve pasta dishes came
with Italian immigrants; stir-fry woks and dumpling moulds arrived
with Chinese immigrants, and so on. All newcomer groups bring new
recipes and cooking accessories, many of which enter the mainstream
Date Created: April 27, 2005 | Last Updated: June 30, 2010