Explain The Regency Period

Explain the Regency Period. Design expert Deborah Burnett explains the Regency period in furniture design. With this period, from about 1820 to 1850, you have the Greek Revival and the Regency period coming...

With this period, from about 1820 to 1850, you have the Greek Revival and the Regency period coming up and this is where you get the Classical, Greek, Egyptian, and Gothic blending with everything that is highly stylized in this period. When people start spending more time thinking, they tend to become a little grandiose with themselves and so consequently the furniture from this period (the Egyptian, Gothic, Classical, and Greek styles) were great to look at, but they didn't seem worth a flit. The Gothic chairs, the wheel-back chairs, are beautiful chairs that we see even now in traditional living rooms, but no one wants to sit on them because they have a rounded back and what looks like spokes of a wheel inside the chair. The style is actually derived from the Gothic period of stained glass windows. They wanted to make the chairs tall like Notre Dame so they used broken pediments. They also used long vertical pieces of wood, mahoganies and rosewoods, and different gilting and coloration practices using anodized dyes to achieve the black colors of the Egyptian stylings. And they did neoclassical design where they took classicism in terms of symmetry and proportion and they gave it a little twist. There were a lot of artists experimenting during this period, 1820-1855, so it's a hodgepodge period and it goes under the name of Greek Revival, Regency, Gothic, Egyptian, and Neoclassical but they are all basically the same.

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