Antique Furniture: Through the Periods

Whilst for many, antique furniture is one style, those who have a real passion for beautiful pieces will know that there many different time periods that antique furniture can fit into. Here at we are experts in a variety of different styles and we have put together our guide to some of the most well-known periods and the type of furniture that they produced.

Georgian Antique Furniture - 1714- 1837

A century of reign by three Georges, it is thought that the Georgian era of furniture can also be split down into three different periods. The Palladian, The Early Georgian and The Late Georgian. The main theme of this era is one of symmetrical style, coupled with a pale colour scheme and pale woods too.

Regency Antique Furniture - 1811- 1820

Named after the Prince of Wales (Prince Regent) this period seemed to take inspiration from other parts of the world, namely the elegantly styled Egyptian furniture. Mahogany was the wood of choice for the construction of the furniture, however, it often featured rose or zebra wood veneers for effect. Brass was another material used to decorate this style of furniture. Common elements were metal paw feet, masks and loose ring handles.

Victorian Antique Furniture - 1830- 1901

The typical Victorian furniture was made from darker woods such as Mahogany, Burr Walnut, Rosewood and Ebony. It was also a period of more mass-produced pieces, especially as machines were becoming more commonly used to match the demands of the middle class for quality furniture. During the early stage of the Victorian period (1830 to 1860) the main style was one of Gothic Revival. Whilst the later stages were settled in Renaissance Revival (1860-1890) and the Eastlake and Aesthetic Movement (1880-1901). Towards the end of the Victorian period the furniture started to move away from the complicated, church inspired designs and incorporate delicate details such as flowers and leaves.

Edwardian Antique Furniture 1901-1914

After the heavier style of Victorian furniture, the arrival of a new King also signalled the arrival of a different style of furniture. The overall feel of Edwardian furniture is one of cheerful beauty, made from much lighter woods. The use of bamboo and wicker become a real trend and the overall style was one of being fresh and light with floral patterns and pastel shades a plenty.

Art Nouveau Furniture - 1890-1910

Art Nouveau furniture could definitely be seen as style that looked forwards rather than backwards. The influence of Art Nouveau was one of the natural world. Many designs feature floral patterns and there was a distinct lack of linear patterns. That doesn’t mean that Art Nouveau furniture was anything but intricate and beautiful.

Arts and Crafts Furniture - 1860- 1910

Part of the international arts and crafts movement, this style of furniture saw designers look back to more traditional styles. This is different to the Art Nouveau style, which was firmly placed in that time, if not the future. The furniture often had a Medieval style with high quality craftsmanship.

Art Deco Furniture - Early 20th Century

Art Deco is one of the most vibrant styles of antique furniture, as the end of World War I rippled through the world, it seemed that designers of furniture wanted to embrace this change with playful and somewhat fun furniture pieces. A style which is still popular and sought after today.