Relevant categories: Dining Tables
The history of mankind is replete with transformation in several things including furniture styles and many of these are defined by the names of prominent individuals. That’s why you are likely to see a name such as Louis XIV, Victorian, and Queen Anne when sifting through the antique furniture section. During these eras, great table styles were produced and many of them are still being reproduced today. That explains why antiques from the years gone by remain very popular.
Similarly popular today are Regency dining tables which don’t seem to lose their original allure. In terms of antique furniture, the Regency period lasted from 1795 to 1837, when Prince Regent reigned over Great Britain. In the initial years of his reign, Prince Regent was merely a proxy King George III, his father. The prince would reign in that manner until his father died in 1820 when he became King George IV.
This period was defined by some of the greatest cultural transformations in the history of Great Britain. It was that time that the societal structure of Great Britain was shaped and altered to a large extent. Thus there was a marked difference in the furniture manufactured during this time from previous periods. That’s why Regency dining tables stand out due to their unique features. These tables mostly featured the desires and motivations of Prince Regent together with styles from Egyptian, Roman, and Greek cultures.
Here are unique characteristics of Regency dining tables:
• The tables were made of dark, heavy hardwoods such as rosewood, zebrawood, and mahogany
• Extensive gilded metal mounts and accents as well as brass inlays
• X-shaped, concave-shaped, and column-shaped table chairs
• Applied decorations such as lion masks and female masks
• Metal-covered, paw-shaped feet on the Regency dining tables.
• Laurel wreaths, carved rosettes, and stylized flower designs
If you want to benefit from timeless furniture quality, you should consider buying one of the Regency dining tables on offer in antique galleries. The style you select will depend on your needs, space, and cash available.
Designers of the Regency Period
Some of the most prominent furniture designers of the Regency period included Henry Holland (1745 to 1806), George Smith (1804 to 1828), and Thomas Hope (1770 to 1831). They mostly brought back classical designs from Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times. To then, there was no need for further evolution in furniture design when the classics were that good.
However, many of these designers took a lot of their ideas from the suggestions of King George IV, especially the use of brass on wooden pieces. There are a number of great Regency dining tables you should include in your latest collection of antique furniture. In fact, it was during this time when the sofa table first came out. However, the most enduring feature of Regency dining tables is the simple design coupled with unbroken lines and surfaces.
Now that you know everything about Regency dining tables, choosing one that appeals to you should be very easy. Don’t forget to ask a qualified professional to help you choose a befitting table.
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