Relevant categories: Tables,Dining Tables,Curios
(Above photo -Regency pedestal dining tables )
A lot has been said about Regency antiques, their origin, characteristics, and materials. Of course, the Regency period was one of the most defining concerns the design of antique furniture. No wonder, Regency antiques remain the favorites for many collectors today.
(Above photo - Pair Regency column pedestal stands )
Named after Prince George, who ruled England as Regent from 1811 to 1820, the antiques have very distinct characteristics. In this article, we are going to focus more on the attributes of Regency antiques rather than their features.
One of the notable things about the Regency period is the cultural refinement that defined most aspects of life in England. Because of connections with other parts of the world, designers infused elements from foreign cultures. For example, it was not uncommon for them to feature things they had picked up from Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
(Above photo - Antique Regency Sideboard - Edwards and Roberts London 1880 )
• Materials: The furniture during the Regency antiques period mainly featured dense hardwoods like mahogany, rosewood, and zebrawood. While mahogany made up, the mainframe of the furniture rosewood and zebrawood was primarily used for embellishment purposes.
(Above photo - Regency antiques cabinet or sideboard )
• Extensive Inlays: To decorate Regency, antique artists often incorporated extensive inlays. The preferred metals for the inlays were rose and other gilded metals (such as bronze). That was done to ensure the pieces of furniture were as decorative as they were functional.
• The Legs: The legs of Regency antiques may have different shapes. The first is the column-shaped legs on chairs and tables. Some designers chose the concave-shaped legs to make their chairs look even more stylish. Even so, some tables had X-shaped legs designed to stand sturdily.
(Above photo - Set Regency Sheraton dining chairs )
• Applied Decorations: During the regency period, chairs weren’t just for people to sit on. The same applied to the other furniture pieces. Therefore, the designers used decorations of lion and female masks.
• The Feet: Whether it was on the tables or chairs, designers went out of their way to create pawed feet. Mostly, they were lion paws. The artists would then cover the paws with metal to bring out the shin.
(Above photo - Regency bamboo easel )
• Other Decorations: One of the easiest ways to identify Regency antiques it to check for the decorations. Usually, the furniture pieces would have rosettes carved into the wood. Some even had laurel wreaths on them.
• Cabinet Door Handles: The cabinets had handles on the drawers and the door. Mostly, the handles were knobs made from bronze or brass. They were a large part of the decorations used on Regency antiques.
• Dining Chairs: Among the Regency antiques, dining chairs had very distinct features. First, they featured curvilinear or straight lines. The rails on the back were broad and flat-top or crest. The front/back legs were either saber-shaped or concave. Concerning the arms, they were more high-set on the elbows. The chairs had uprights with animal heads. Similarly, the feet had animal paws.
If you are looking to recreate a Regency interior in your home, it helps to acquire dining tables, dining chairs, accent tables, wardrobes, lounge chairs, mirrors, and so on. We have all of these in our antique shop. So, you can come over and take a look.
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