And to be clear, for the purposes of this lesson, Early America is defined as the time period from around 1620 through about 1730.Many furniture makers worked in early America, but few names are known to us today.For more on Winterthur’s furniture collection, please see Galleries, New Acquisitions, Recent Discoveries, and the Winterthur Furniture Forum. American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. American Empire is a French-inspired Neoclassical style of American furniture and decoration that takes its name and originates from the Empire style introduced during the First French Empire period under Napoleon's rule. As an early-19th-century design movement in the United States, it encompassed architecture, furniture and other decorative arts, as well as the visual arts.
The Red Room at the White House is a fine example of American Empire style.Winterthur’s American furniture collection is the largest and arguably the finest in the country.With a wide range of regional and stylistic forms, the collection of more than 9,000 objects spans the mid-1600s to the 1870s.He eventually acquired some of the choicest Philadelphia furniture dating from the 1730s to the 1770s.Du Pont displayed his collection in rooms that he and his family lived and entertained in from 1931 until 1951.