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Style at a glance: Queen Anne

October 9, 2012

HOW TO RECOGNIZE QUEEN ANNE FURNITURE STYLE

Queen Anne furniture style appeared right after William and Mary period and has inherited many features from it. However Queen Anne Style generally can be described as more elegant and refined. It is characterized by delicacy, moderate use of decorative elements and continuous curved lines. It also has some distinctive features which will help you to immediately recognize it:

1) Cabriole leg

Queen Anne Style Side Chair fragment, William R.Eubanks

Queen Anne Style Side Chair fragment, William R.Eubanks

Cabriole leg (convex outside and concave inside) is one of the most recognizable elements of Queen Anne furniture. It was used for chairs, tables, dressers and other furniture. The end of cabriole leg was often made in the shape of claws and paws.

2) Pad feet

Queen Anne Walnut Side Chair, fragment, Yellow Church Antiques

Queen Anne Walnut Side Chair, fragment, Yellow Church Antiques

Pad foot (also known as Club foot) is a rounded pad at the end of a furniture leg. During the Queen Anne period it was a very often used ending of a cabriole leg.

3) Vasiform splat

Queen Anne Balloon Seat Side Chairs, Jeffrey Tillou Antigues

Queen Anne Balloon Seat Side Chairs, Jeffrey Tillou Antigues

Chair splats were generally made in the shape of vase. They had a solid structure and moderate carving decoration. Chair seat shape resembled horseshoe.

4) Carved scallop shape motif

Fragment of Queen Anne Fan Carved Maple Bonnet-top High Chest, The Stanley Weiss

Fragment of Queen Anne Fan Carved Maple Bonnet-top High Chest, The Stanley Weiss Collection

Carved scallop shell is a frequently used pattern in Queen Anne furniture. You can see it in decoration of dressers, chairs and cabinets.

5) Bat Wing handle

handle of Burled Walnut Butler's Desk from Spurgeon Lewis Antiques

Handle of Burled Walnut Butler’s Desk from Spurgeon Lewis Antiques

Teadrop pulls of William and Mary style were replaced by Bat wing handles. Bat wing was also a popular design of escutcheons (key plates).

6) Furniture innovation: a wing chair

Queen Anne wing chair, Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques

Queen Anne wing chair, Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques

One of the most famous furniture items invented during the Queen Anne period was a wing chair: a fully upholstered chair with a high back and soft armrests. The idea of a wing chair was to protect its user from drafts.

7) Popular furniture item: a drop-leaf table

Queen Anne Drop-leaf table, Linda Rosen Antiques

Queen Anne Drop-leaf table, Linda Rosen Antiques

A drop-leaf table made from various woods consisted of a fixed center part and two side parts which can be folded down.

8) Furniture Innovations: card and tea tables

5-legged Queen Anne Mahogany Card Table, The Stanley Weiss collection

5-legged Queen Anne Mahogany Card Table, The Stanley Weiss collection

Queen Anne Mahogany Dished Tray-top Tea Table with Drawers, The Stanley Weiss Collection

Queen Anne Mahogany Dished Tray-top Tea Table with Drawers, The Stanley Weiss Collection

Card games and tea parties were the most popular amusements during Queen Anne’s time which resulted in creating new types of leisure furniture.

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