Relevant categories: Bookcases,Desks,Dining Tables
(Above photo - Massive range of Regent Antiques in our North London showroom )
When buying antiques from a particular shop, always watch out for one with a wide variety of items. There is no need for you to walk into a shop only to discover that they do not have the items you are looking for. Luckily, there you will be able to find several Regent antiques in London. We are talking about dining tables, dining chairs, accent tables, wardrobes, chaise lounges, mirror, etageres, and so on. That means you can get basically any antique from the Regency period if you know where to look.
(Above photo - Regent Antiques London mahogany pedestal dining table )
Regent antiques are distinct in appearance compared to the preceding Georgian and succeeding Victorian periods. During the Regency era, designers tended to copy elements from the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. For that reason, Regent antiques tended to have unique characteristics, including the following.
1. Type of Wood.
(Above photo - Regent Antiques London - Mahogany sideboard )
Regent antiques were mainly made from hardwood mahogany. That’s because mahogany was predominantly available across Europe. As Europeans interacted with foreign cultures, furniture designers began to use exotic woods. Examples included ebony, rosewood, and zebrawood. However, exotic woods were preferred for the luxurious pieces of furniture.
2. Extensive Inlays.
(Above photo - Set mahogany dining chairs Regent Antiques London )
One of the distinct features of Regent antiques is the extensive use of extensive metallic inlays and embellishments. So elaborate were the decorations that the wood was sometimes gilded. The metal was laid in the wood in three main ways – beading, surface insets, and plating. The contrast created by the metallic shimmer and the dark hardwoods, especially ebony, brought out the beauty of Regent antiques.
3. Exotic Embellishments
(Above photo - Pair Regency bookcases open front in satinwood )
Surprisingly, battle-hardened soldiers also contributed some embellishments. They either suggested what they had seen or had artists copying them. For example, Admiral Nelson, who caused the introduction of seafaring symbols like ropes, anchors, and sails. The designers also borrowed heaving from exotic cultures, especially Rome, Greece, and Egypt. That’s why you are likely to notice carvings of griffins, sphinxes, acanthus leaves, wreaths, laurel, lyres, and gods of Greece and Rome.
4. Geometric Profile
(Above photo - Pair Regency cabinets )
When it comes to craftsmanship, the designers of Regent antiques put in a lot of work. They made the chairs to rest on carved legs without compromising the ability to support an individual’s weight. Regardless of the type of furniture, the feet were carved to depict a lion’s paw.
There was also a deliberate attempt to create a balance in proportion with symmetrical carvings and designs. The designers would, at times, implement scroll arms from Greece and open chair backs from China. In short, Regent antiques are likely to be carved or reflecting straight legs and lines. The clear outline of geometric features is a distinct feature of Regent antiques.
(Above photos - Pair Regency display cabinets )
So, where do you do to buy Regent antiques in London? Our shop has an elaborate array of antiques from the Regency period. Whether you want chairs, sideboards, open bookcases, or breakfront bookcases, you will find it. We can help you identify original Regent antiques and offer them to you at affordable prices.
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