History Of The Greek Furniture

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The major part of the ancient Greek furniture is known from paintings and sculpture works.
Designs on terra-cotta, bronze, tombstones and paintings that survived the years are indications of early production and use of furniture by the ancient Greeks.


The major part of the ancient Greek furniture is known from paintings and sculpture works which have survived till date. The designs on terra-cotta, bronze, tombstones and paintings that survived through the years points to an early production and use of furniture by the ancient Greeks. There are also some few pieces of wood and marble thrones that also survived through the years. From the evidences available, it is clear that the Greeks did not follow the conventional Egyptian principles of furniture making; their tendency to base furniture ornament on architectural decoration, and the general symmetry and regularity of overall design, appear instead of following the Egyptian precedent.

The Configuration Of Greek Furniture

So much wealth in the form of precious metals like gold, bronze etc were lavished in typical Greek furniture. The Greeks took time to configure some complicated designs of furniture and this made their technology in furniture outstanding. For example, the ancient Greek couch was used for resting as well as for eating. It was constructed with the horizontal reclining area at table height, rather than low and at an incline. The headrest was often curved to support pillows and no foot rest was used. Their stools were built in a variety of configurations and the legs were mostly built in trumpet form or a rectangular design based on a columnar form. There were the folding stools with X-shaped legs and stationary stools with straight legs which were made about the 6th century BC to the Hellenistic age (323-31 BC). The ancient Greeks also designed an easy chair with a back known as ‘klismos’. This was one of the most popular forms of chair used between the 7th Century and the 4th Century BC. The ‘klismos’ is essentially plain, with legs curving out from the seat and a back support consisting of a simple rectangular panel curved inward from sides to center.

The Three Legged Tables

The tables of the ancient Greek as seen on the paintings are most of the time small with rectangular tops and supported on three legs, mostly simple and curved, but sometimes carved in animal forms. The sizes of the tables were small and probably light so that it could be brought in to serve people at any occasion and taken out easily after the entertainment to create more space for the occasion. The ancient Greek chests varied in sizes and decorations. They were made of wood, bronze and ivory in varieties of designs and configurations. Up till date, the construction of most furniture pieces still follows the architectural configurations used in ancient Greek furniture.


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author avatar vpaulose
29th Oct 2010 (#)

good information, Goodwill

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author avatar Jerry Walch
29th Oct 2010 (#)

Quite informative.

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Nov 2010 (#)

Good article. Good info.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar P.kumar
6th Apr 2011 (#)

Best comments and good information

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