Influenced by the newly popular aesthetic movement and the design principles of writer and architect, Charles Lock Eastlake, Queen Anne Revival period is usually judged to have spanned the years from 1870 to 1900.
Eastlake’s design principles were based on simple straight lines, less excessive ornamentation and honest undisguised construction. In reality however Queen Anne Revival furniture is something of mixture of styles which, in some instances involves old fashioned decorative details being overlaid onto existing styles.
Elements of Queen Anne Revival furniture include the extensive use of cabriole legs, not only on chairs but in shorter versions on cabinets, sideboards and stools, usually terminating in pad feet; an absence of stretchers and vase shaped central back splats beneath yoke shaped top rails. Where there is carving it tends to be realistic but shallow. Woods that were most favoured were walnut and oak.
Upholstered items such as settees and sofas which would not have featured at all in the original Queen Anne period are quite common in Queen Anne Revival furniture.
Almost all Queen Anne Revival pieces were machine made and mass produced often not to very high standards. However those made by the better manufacturers such as Collinson and Lock, did mange to achieve a sense of proportion and have an air of grace about them.
To sum up, the Queen Anne Revival was essentially a period of transition providing a bridge between the earlier rococo excesses of the mid-Victorian era and the simple, handmade, pre-industrial feel of the Arts and Crafts movement.
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