English antiques are loved by most collectors looking for durable used furniture from an era gone by. But you shouldn’t just go buying anything. It is important to know the period from which the art or furniture piece you want to buy comes from. The periods are defined by a cluster of years when a certain form of art or design was in production. In this piece, we intend to familiarize you with the different periods from which English antiques come. Read on.
Thomas Chippendale was an English cabinet-maker who came up with some great styles in the 18th century. The early pieces featured cabriole legs with ball feet. Most of these furniture pieces were made from mahogany, although maple, cherry, and walnut featured in the less expensive pieces.
A number of furniture pieces from this period are still available for sale today. The pieces were colorful and featured strong fabrics for upholstery. Apart from rich carvings, Chippendale also used oriental motifs on the furniture. You will find desks, chairs, tables, and mirrors from this period. In the late 1900s, there were reproductions of Chippendale style furniture, which are also available as antiques for sale.
When Prince George was Regent between 1811 and 1820, there arose a type of furniture made in a mixture of the neoclassical antique style, empire style, and Georgian style. This style of furniture was carried into the reign of William IV. Only that the new version had elegant decorations and additional curves.
At this time, people copied the classical Greek and Roman furniture featuring Roman gods, winged griffins, and the lion’s head. The couches had scrolled ends supported by the head of a sphinx on lion legs. The wood was mahogany and the decorations brass. The veneer featured zebrawood and rosewood. Since houses featured wall paintings, the furniture was made with a little bit lower heights.
The popularity of Victorian furniture seems to have remained intact over the years. Since machines were already in use at this time, a lot of furniture pieces were produced. Because of that, it was now possible to produce enough furniture to meet the growing demand from the middle class.
Most of the pieces were made from mahogany and rosewood. They had elaborate decorations, rounded corners, and lots of curves. At that time, simple sideboards and cabinets first sprung onto the market. Iron was used for the first time to make beds. Many of these English antiques can be viewed in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom so please get in touch for an appointment or if you have any other questions.
You cannot talk about English antiques without mentioning Edwardian furniture. It was named after King Edward VII. The older antique styles were reproduced using machinery. Furniture makers wanted to tap into the popularity of the older antique pieces over the newer designs. People had fallen in love with the carvings, flower & leaf motifs, and elongated lines.
Apart from Victorian furniture, people were buying more of the Chippendale pieces. Most of them were made from mahogany with veneer finishing. Some were also decorated using metalware of the highest quality. The popularity of dining furniture and bedroom suites surged during that time.
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