Thursday, May 19, 2016

Photo Friday: Queen Anne Style Chair

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Queen Anne style chair during
restoration. Image by Charles
Wiesner
The Queen Anne style first appeared in Boston as early as 1720. Taking from Asian design, the Queen Anne style featured curvy lines, vase-shaped back splats, and cabriole legs, and challenged the clunkier furniture of the era.

Often made from walnut, Queen Anne furniture was dense and stained dark to accentuate its flowing form. The Queen Anne style allowed for comfort and sophistication, and was immensely popular in its heyday.  While the Queen Anne style's popularity peaked in the late 1700s, it has seen many revivals over the last three centuries.

Today, most Queen Anne style furniture available at your favorite antique store is likely a product of the early 20th century as the traditional Neoclassical style and Queen Anne style of architecture and furniture design once again became popular before World War II.

Queen Anne furniture featured in the July issue of American Homes and Gardens, 1912.
By Internet Archive Book Images [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons

If you are looking for a Queen Anne chair keep these things in mind.

1). Queen Anne chairs are sturdy and are often made of walnut or mahogany, so a chair that's a little
        beat up and in need of a little love may be a great inexpensive find
2). Make sure the chair has good joints. If the joints are loose, you may want to have them tightened
        by a restoration specialist, as this can get tricky
3). Queen Anne furniture is timeless, so feel free to mix and match it with just about anything

Sources:
 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 Wikimedia Commons

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