French Regency

Regency style objects and furniture

During the Regency period (1700-1730), furniture became more refined and initmate, less ostentatious. Curved lines replaced the straight lines, simple wood veneer replaced extravagant marquetry, gentle curves became the rule: bow front chests of drawers, serpenting chests of drawers, cabriole legs.  Caning was introduced for chairs.  The oak, walnut, beech and pine were accompanied by exotic woods brought to France by  La Compagnie des Indes.  The great cabinet-maker of the period was Charles Cressent, famous for his chest of drawers with their gilt bronze handles.  The wing armchair (bergere) and "chauffeuse" armchair made their apparition.

Furniture typical of the Regency period:   console table - desk - chest of drawers -  wing armchair


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