Antique Edwardian Furniture is pieces made during King Edward VII’s reign in Britain from 1901 to 1911. This was the era when mass production began in a large scale with the use of new machinery. Quality was still visible in Edwardian furniture as super timbers were used like Walnut, Mahogany and Oak. The main focus in design was older styles being copied but these were adapted to fit the more up to date living with comfort in mind. Cabinet makers realised that earlier designs were outselling new pieces of furniture as the second hand antique furniture was becoming very fashionable. This is why they introduced this into their furniture designs.
Machines were now regularly used in the construction and this lead to new movements such as the Arts and crafts and Art Nouveau, with traditionalists wanting older construction mixed with new styles. The style of Chippendale and Hepplewhite were extremely popular, with the shield back dining chairs and the Rococo carvings being favoured.
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Styles of Antique Edwardian Furniture
Shapes were a big part of design in this period as the new machines helped to produce this. This spectacular Mellow Mahogany Serpentine Edwardian Antique Chest Of Drawers circa, 1900 are of unusual low proportions and have been constructed from the finest figured mahogany . The unusual serpentine shape of these spectacular drawers are the work of a true Edwardian craftsman. The Serpentine top sits above two over three mahogany graduating drawers with cock beaded edge and pierced brass handles. These wonderful drawers stand on shaped bracket feet and have been copied from the Georgian design making them truly sought after.
As Chippendale was copied often in their designs, it can be seen in many sets of chairs. Chippendale designs were seen in Edwardian Dining Chairs with pierced back splat, splayed back legs and cabriole front legs with ball and claw feet and unusual shell design carved knees.
Renowned cabinet makers built Edwardian furniture using the same features like this very unusual Chippendale design Walnut pair of Edwardian antique bookcases. They are by the renowned makers Warings (who later became Waring and Gillows). They have a fret work carved pediment above two astragal glazed doors. The lower sections are bow fronted and have two Mahogany lined drawers with blind fretwork fronts and original Brass handles. They stand on tapering legs with spade feet, have carved corner brackets.
The use of decorative inlays were used with Sheraton influences. This Inlaid Mahogany Edwardian Antique Desk / Bureau has truly stunning satinwood cross banded edges, with boxwood and ebony string inlay. The fall front is also magnificently inlay depicting birds and foliage.
Inlay was used on a variety of pieces along with French influences like Walnut and Marquetry Inlaid Edwardian antique tables. They would have elegant cabriole legs with brass ormolu mounts.