Relevant categories: Dining Sets,Tables,Dining Chairs
(Above photo - Pair Queen Anne Settee Sofa Leather Arm Chairs)
"Queen Anne" is one of the most significant furniture styles of the 18th century. It is named after Queen Anne, who reigned over England, Ireland, and Scotland between 1702 and 1714. During that time, the three nations joined together to form the United Kingdom. The style of furniture borrowed heavily from the Early Baroque style, which King William III had popularized. It initially emphasized weighty forms such as lavish embellishments, organic accents, rounded contours, and organic accents.
With time, Queen Anne furniture designers adopted a more elegant and versatile furniture style. They sought a complete departure from the baroque, adopting light multi-functional pieces that could be moved easily. Some of the elements of furniture produced at that time include chairs, desks, tables, and cabinets. All of them had a baroque flourish that combines the Asian and Classical designs to significant effect. A good example is an S-shaped chair, which borrowed heavily from both Asian and Classical techniques.
Because of the mix of styles, the Queen Anne style is often referred to as the "Late Baroque." At that time, furniture designers began to emphasize more on comfort rather than aesthetics. The chairs started to feature seats with ample cushions and backrests with ergonomic back support. Soon, the comfortable chairs spread to Europe and North America, with local furniture makers' establishment. When tastes and preferences change, people moved on to the Georgian style.
If you are looking for Queen Anne furniture for your home or office, it is essential to know what to look for. The following are some of the characteristics that define this furniture style:
(Above photo - 8 foot Italian Marquetry Dining Table 8 Queen Anne Chairs)
Queen Anne furniture typically has sparse ornamentation, thanks to the streamlined nature of the style. However, you may find pieces with delicate shell or fan motifs and surface patterns created through "japanning." That refers to applying lacquer in the traditional Japanese style and allowed decoration by embossing patterns.
(Above photo - 10 English Queen Anne Walnut Dining Chairs)
Most Queen Anne pieces of furniture featured the characteristic pad feet with soft, rounded corners, culminating in a flat disk resting on the floor. Sometimes the pad feet were hidden away under as claw feet.
(Above photo - Antique Carved Coffee Table Queen Anne)
There are several furniture pieces from the Queen Anne era with some form of the S-curve. The most common form of this decoration is the cabriole legs on chairs, tables, and desks. You can also find it in the form of S-shaped chair backrests designed to be more ergonomic.
(Above photo - 14 foot Victorian Dining Table & 10 Queen Anne Chairs)
One of the best ways to know if you have Queen Anne furniture is to look at the materials used to make it. At that time, furniture makers preferred walnut, cherry, maple, and other oned woods. However, it is also likely that furniture made with these woods could have come from previous eras.
You can buy Queen Anne furniture and use it for various purposes in your home or workplace. They are available online and in-store from select antique dealers worldwide. If you are looking for a good Queen Anne piece of furniture, we have several in stock.
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