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June 22, 2010 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

The technical brilliance and sophistication of antique furniture design comes into its own when looking at Regency furniture.

Perhaps it is a breath of fresh air from the elaborate curves and fussiness of the Rococo or that it was only simpler versions of the more elaborate designs. When Regency furniture was being produced at the beginning of the 19th century, skills in carving and marquetry were being utilised less, and simple brasswork was used as muted decoration on these plainer pieces.

The designs through their simplicity had become abstract versions of the Graeco-Roman taste where styles suggested rather than imitated certain features. The simple sabre leg and scrolled arm were merely a suggestion of the goat’s leg and winged griffin. Backs of chairs rather than having the elaborate splats of Queen Anne and Rococo were now straight and perfectly plain.

Rosewood imported from Brazil became very popular as a cabinet makers’ wood of choice during the Regency period. Rosewood has nothing to do with roses but was named after the sweet smell of the wood, reminiscent of roses. The striped dark markings of the wood came up very well with French polishing and added interest and depth to the plainness of the Regency designs.

A typical drawing room of the period would have a set of six sabre leg dining chairs, a four foot round rosewood table with central pedestal, a scroll end sofa, a bergère type armchair, plus bookcases and shelves placed along the walls.

When looking for quality period and revival Regency antique tables in Lancashire and other counties nationwide, seek the advice of a reputable antique dealer.

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