Explain The Queen Anne Period

Explain the Queen Anne period. Design expert Deborah Burnett gives an overview of the Queen Anne period in furniture design. Queen Anne is a pediment broken style on a chair back with a heavier wood typically...

Queen Anne is a pediment broken style on a chair back with a heavier wood typically in cherry and mahogany and walnut. The Chippendale has a "slip of foot", in other words, the foot of the chair is a cabriole turned leg. Industrialism allowed workers to develop a leg with a very graceful arch to the leg and a slipper foot. Thomas Chippendale showed up on the scene and said, "I like this idea, but I really want to hit on the Chinese influence." So he started experimenting with more intricate details on the backs of his chairs and using details that followed the Greek interest of the architectural style. He had Palladian windows characterized on the back of the chair and broken and fixed pediments which was a new skill set that he brought in and this set his work apart. The Chippendale chairs had cabriole legs, but they were heavily carved with a ball on the bottom sliced parallel to the ground just enough to keep the ball from rolling the chair forward. On top of that they were embellished a very stoic looking animal leg, it appeared as if they chopped the leg off an eagle and put the talons on top of the chair leg and wrapped them around this ball and that's the reason why they call it the ball and claw leg.


All these chairs have intricate details, but the underlying feature of the Georgian period with the Classical, the Chippendale, the Queen Anne, the Sherdian, and the Hepplewhite styles was proportion and symmetry.


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