The historical records that have been compiled tend to described the commission of Kings and Queens and royalty through out Europe. In France furniture was constructed out of Pine and Oak in Gothic style. Starting with Louis XII in the late 1400's. Later they began using Mahogany, Walnut and Ebony. Below is a table of French furniture through the French revolution. The influence of Louis the XVI and Maria Antoinette on furniture design up to the time of Napoleon. Called the French Empire period 1795-1830 The year 1830 was designated as the beginning of mass production for antique furniture. So anything made before 1830 is in a Museum or a private collector. Anything made after would be considered a reproduction. By 1930 the US passed tariff acts and defined what an Antique is by the quality of its craftsmanship. Because American craftsman would have been designing and making practical and functional furniture they were probably using French, English and Dutch furniture imports as their models and templates. The Antique Market value of any unique piece is determined by a diversity of factors not withstanding, age original condition, age and availability. With that said Price is something that is determined by desire and the consideration to assess what someone is willing to pay. Here at the Farm Antiques we consider time (age) to be relevant as flexibility in pricing, meaning a collectible has value with the age of the item...
In the antiques trade, the term refers to objects more than 100 years old." Thus, when buying or selling an item labeled "antique," trade standards suggest that the term should be reserved only for items greater than 100 years old. But this definition refers to knowing the age or history of the item, what its appraisal value is, and insurance consideration to protect your investment. All these factors influence or should influence your decisions.
Before 1830 craftsman were designing and building furniture for Kings and Queens and were designated by periods for example William and Mary 1688-1702 England influenced by Dutch craftsman
Source: Millers Antique Checklist: Furniture copyright 1991