English Antique Furniture
One style you may begin investigating is English antique furniture. Although largely influenced by European design, you will still see subtle differences between the styles.
Below you will find major English antique furniture styles and design periods.
The renaissance period ran from roughly 1458 – 1649 and had many styles in between. Furniture from this period is extremely rare, and in very high demand. Most often, you will only find some certain pieces in museums.
The most popular furniture style during the Renaissance era, is Tudor furniture, which was influenced by European style. The period ran from 1485 – 1553. Usually made from oak, Tudor furniture was greatly influenced by Gothic, and Medieval designs.
Most pieces of furniture produced during this period are beds, chests, tables, stools, benches and chairs. Carvings that can be found in Tudor furniture are usually Gothic-inspired designs.
Another style that emerged during the Renaissance era, is the Elizabethan style. The Elizabethan style ran from 1558 – 1603 and was named after Queen Elizabeth. Furniture makers in England during the time of Queen Elizabeth were greatly influenced by their Italian counterparts.
Furniture at that time was not decorated with much detail, and aside from oak, the type of wood that was also commonly used during this period was walnut.
Instead of decorative furniture, people preferred to show their opulence and extravagance through their tapestries, carpets, fine linen, needlework, embroidered cushions, silk hangings and brass or pewter cups.
The Jacobean style emerged during the latter part of the Renaissance period which ran from 1602 – 1649. The furniture in this period was produced in the time of King James I and King James II.
The design of furniture durning this era was simple and restrained in comparison to the periods that had come before it. In the United States, this type of furniture is often called Pilgrim furniture. During the early part of the Jacobean era, wood dominated the furniture scene, and once again the timbers of choice were oak and walnut.
During the time of Charles I, intricate embroidery and padded upholstery became the fashion. Some say that Moorish influence can also be seen in furniture styles during this period.