Regency

A Neo-Classical style of furniture named after George IV's Regency as Prince of Wales during the period 1811-20 and in some cases the remaining 10 years of his reign as official king. Taking influences from Egypt, Rome, Greece and China it reflects an elegant opulence. Notable is the use of rosewood and other exotic woods and brass inlay not found in previous eras. Although in some cases it is perceived as overly opulent, the Regency period produced innumerable simple and stylish designs which can be found re-interpreted in later periods. The elegant sabre leg, reeded decoration, beautiful choices of veneers and classical motifs are tell-tale signs of Regency furniture. Notable designers include John Channon, Thomas Hope and George Smith amongst many others.