Historical Design: The Regency Era

Historical Design: The Regency Era

September 23, 2010 | Barbara's Blog

History has given us many eras of style that have influenced the home settings today. In many cases now, younger generations never really have taken the time to understand what is considered an “Antique.” The most likely assumption is that the furniture is old and less visually appealing than a Lazyboy Recliner, and completely it dismissed from their minds. However, what if a little historical background was given to those weird chairs in their grandmother’s formal living room, those funky tables that have animal claws to stand on and all those pieces of furniture that look a little too elaborate. Let’s reflect on the Regency Style.

 The Regency Style was at its height during the second phase of the Classic Revival in England during the 19th Century. This period was at it great peak from 1795 to 1820 and saw trends in British architecture, literature, fashion, politics and culture. At its height the Prince Regent set a standard with the costly buildings and refurbishing throughout England, but most importantly for the Brighton Pavilion.   It can be described as style that incorporated Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Chinese antiquity. It was widely desired for its purity of detail and structure.

Woods were popular, especially dark woods, ranging from mahogany, rosewood and satinwood. Ornamentation are designed with Greek and Roman influences making them appear cold, stiff and formal. Emphasis was places on the elaboration and rich contrast of woods and painting versus traditional wood carvings. This period is greatly known for its ornamentation to be found as the following:

  • Lions
  • Animal leg supports
  • Swans
  • Trumpets
  • Rosettes
  • Winged classical figures
  • Laurel leaves
  • Greek Palm Leaves

So now that you have some idea about what the Regency Style is maybe you too could join Antiquers in their love of furniture and the history that goes along with it.

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