Regency Style Painted Armchairs Seller Branca
Regency styles followed after the previous style known as Empire Style which was during the reign of Emperor Napoleon. The first Egyptian themes became apparent as Napoleon took over Egypt, and brought back artifacts from Egypt. Napoleon's fascination with the Egyptian themes showed though furniture and especially through architecture. Regency Styles became a continuation of the Empire style where a great interest in ancient Rome and Greece became apparent.
Prince George became the ruler of the monarch between 1811-1820, and had his own interpretation of style. It was then popular to copy actual furniture of the classical Roman and Greek times. Lions heads, animal legs, and pretty much anything that was popular in ancient Rome, Egypt or Greece became the fashion of the day. (Picture to the left Tony Duquette)
Key Features to the Regency Styles:
-Antique painted chairs fetch quite a bit of money if they are genuinely from the regency period. The common thought during the 1800's was that wood was more desired than painted pieces, so solid rosewood, mahogany, and ebony are typically more expensive today.
- Brass inlays became popular in Regency period furniture, as brass was longer lasting than marquetry.
-Signature styles of the Regency period was the Sofa Table, Sabre Leg,Cable Twist and Metal Grille
- Revival of painted pieces with black lacquer, and a revival of japanning or chinoiserie
-Wide use of metal mounts became popular from the Egyptian themes of the empire style. The Regency period followed suit,seeing more lion paw feet and ormolu (imitation gold decoration)