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Federal (1785-1835)

The Federal style of furniture refers to a movement in America that flourished from around 1785 to 1820, based on the revival of Roman architectural styles in the design of government buildings. The movement, endorsed by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Latrobe, was driven by the metaphorical concept of the United States as analogous to the Roman Republic in its grandeur and political philosophy.

Drawn from

Getty Vocabulary, AAT (Federal, AAT: 300107905).