hall table, desk, side table,
coffee table nests, wingchair, dressing table, bookcase in
Queen Anne style furniture
Queen Anne (1665
- 1714) 1702 - 1714 was the last monarch of the House of Stuarts. The
Queen Anne style is a refinement of the William and Mary style with
lighter, graceful, more comfortable furniture.
The single most
important decoration of Queen Anne furniture was the carved cockle or
scallop shell. Cabinetmakers replaced the straight, turned furniturelegs with
more graceful cabriole furniturelegs. The furnitureleg had an out-curved knee and an in
became the preferred wood along with cherry
began to be favoured. Regardless of the wood, a small amount of Queen
Anne furniture was painted white.
The feet in which the furniturelegs of furniture terminate underwent alteration
Ultimately claw and ball feet make their reappearance,
and makes an attractive finish to the heavier type of cabriole furnitureleg that
evolved after the disuse of the stretcher. Scroll feet are generally
associated with the earlier Queen Anne furniture, but there were also
club feet, spade feet, the drake foot which was carved with three toes and a square moulded type of foot.
Card and the collapsible bridge table
or gaming tables were another Queen Anne innovation.
Still popular are lacquer work, the rich oriental wares and china, the
use of gesso design, and the Dutch marquetry cabinets, with their bombe
sides and fronts and profuse decoration.