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American Furniture Periods

Queen Anne style (1720 to 1760)

“An emphasis on the line and form rather than the ornament” (Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts). Often referred to as Late Baroque, the term Queen Anne was not applied to the style until more than a century after the design elements were introduced.

Design Elements

  • Lighter, more graceful, and more practical than prior styles
  • Curved arms and legs ending in a foot – especially the cabriole leg
  • Pediments
  • Crest rails
  • Restrained ornament usually a carved shell or scallop shape
  • Cushioned seating
  • Wing back chairs made their debut
  • The emphasis on the materials used. Walnut superseded oak as the species of choice. Poplar, cherry, and maple were also used extensively


Here are a few examples of Queen Anne furniture.   Click on any image to zoom in.

Queen Anne ChairQueen Anne HighboyQueen Anne Table
Queen Anne Wingback Chair

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