Hunting style furniture was produced in 19th century during the Industrial Revolution in France better defined as the Renaissance Revival. Materials and the ability to produce more furniture due to improved technology of the period allowed plentiful and affordable furniture for the common household as well as the wealthy at reasonable prices. The period produced beautiful and often massive pieces of furniture with wonderful ornate carvings. Furniture makers were inspired to experiment. Most of the furniture from the period was produced from either oak or walnut. With improved technology much of the furniture was machine made but many of the pieces especially most of the ornate details was hand carved. Henry II, Hunting style, and Mechelen style are all terms used and fall under the Renaissance Revival period.
Hunting style of furniture was an ornate and specialized expression of art in furniture. Much of this creativity and expression was captured from royalty or more specifically from the aristocratic hunting lodges in France. Furniture makers specialized in detailed carvings of winged griffins, lion’s heads, and trophies of the hunt, including deer, fish, eels, rabbits, birds, and dogs. Beautiful foliage in the form of leaves, fruit, vines, tree branches or barley twist were often carved along edges of buffets and on the backs of chairs, while the bases of tables were often carved to represent the animals of the hunt such as dogs, boars, deer, and foxes. 19th century consumers of the Renaissance Revival style wanted monumental pieces that were heavily carved and ornate. Many of the Hunting style pieces offered beautiful and colorful intricate stained glass doors in the upper cabinets.