Thursday, July 27, 2017

American Furniture Styles: Queen Anne

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Queen Anne side chair circa 1740 -1760.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art via Wikimedia Commons
Queen Anne style:

Named for Queen Anne of England who reigned from 1702 - 1707, the Queen Anne style (1725 - 1750) is a more refined version of the earlier William and Mary style of furniture. It has also been called the toned down version of the French Rococo style that dominated during the time of Louis XV (1715 - 1774).

The Queen Anne style was a departure from rectilinear designs featuring slightly curved backs, legs, and seats.

Queen Anne characteristics:

The Queen Anne style is characterized by its delicate forms and restraint of excessive decoration. The use of tight-grained hardwoods like cherry, walnut, and mahogany further eliminate the decorative nature often associated with oak and pine woods that were predominantly used during the Jacobean Period (1600 - 1690).

The Queen Anne style can be identified by a few key features:

- Carved and curved backsplats
- Cabriole legs
- Curvilinear design
- Minimal decoration

Sources:
  Buffalo Architecture and History
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  Wikimedia Commons

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