The Georgian period spans over a century, beginning with the accession of George I (1714-1724) to the English throne after the passing of George IV in 1830. The early years of Georgian period were heavily influenced by the design conventions handed down from the preceding Queen Anne era such as curved lines, wing back chairs and cabriole legs. Moving into the 1720's the preference shifted to more intricate and ornate styles as championed by the famous furniture designer William Kent, who had himself moved from Yorkshire to Rome in 1709 to study the Old Masters and their influences. This led to an abundance of heavy gilded furniture, flowing with foliate scrolls inspired by Italian Baroque palaces and Kent found a place for his reinterpretations among the wealthy country homes of the day, most notably his commissions for Richard Boyle, the third Earl of Burlington.
It was not until the 1750's that a more distinct style emerged which is most commonly recognised as 'typical Georgian' furniture. The great designers and makers of the period: George Hepplewhite, Thomas Sheraton, the Adam brothers and Thomas Chippendale introduced a simpler, perhaps more minimal, theme with strong connections to the neo-classical look. By this time furniture production was becoming more formalised just in time for the emergence of a new affluent middle class in Britain which brought with it a huge increase in demand for new types of furniture. The furniture produced reflects the leisure activities of the period with an abundance of card tables, tea tables, formal dining sets and writing furniture.
Take a look at our current selection of Georgian antique furniture, all items are ready for UK wide delivery or can be viewed and collected from our shop in Colchester, Essex.