Q: What do the words “style” and “period” mean?
A: When an item is described with the word period and assumes the circa date of that period, then that was made during the period of that Monarchs reign or the active period of a particular cabinet-maker. For example, a Louis XV period side chair, a William and Mary burl walnut chest c-1690.
When an item is described with the word “style”, the buyer can assume the piece was made later then the historical period, and if no circa date was given it could even be a modern reproduction. For example, a Louis XVI style side chair could be a 19th century or even a modern reproduction.