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Good proportion is a balance of opposing
lines and forms in a way comfortable to the
eyes. Good proportion does not come across
as strange, funny or bulky. It is something
timeless representing beauty and elegance in
a quiet and subtle way.

A “good” piece of furniture is one which
reveals the artistic creation of a committed
carpenter. When a carpenter was committed to
his trade and took pride in his work, he
would naturally have a much better
sensitivity to beautiful lines and forms.
Therefore when judging the value of a piece
of antique furniture, we have to examine the
artistic form and proportion along with the
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