Historic periods

Our historic periods glossary below is filled with handy definitions of key terms you might come across in a valuation report.

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Late 17th - early 18th century. European and English furniture based on the rich and dramatic ecclesiastical architecture of the Italian Counter-Reformation.

1901-1910. English furniture characterised by lighter neo-classical revival inlaid furniture.

1558-1603. English furniture characterised by carved and bold ornamented pieces in oak.

1714-c.1805. English furniture from George I until just prior to the Regency period. Begins with walnut, ends with satinwood and other exotic woods, primary timber is mahogany.

1603-1649. English furniture from James I and Charles I. Characterised by carved oak and marked the beginning of the English interpretation of the Baroque style.

Late 18th - early 19th century. Designs, forms, motifs and ideals of Ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture used in English, American and European furniture.

1702-1714. English furniture dominated by the British stylistic interpretation of the Baroque, with walnut being the principal timber.

Late 18th century - 1830’s. English furniture characterised by an eclectic and original combination of neo-classical, exotic, Oriental and Egyptian.

Mid-18th century. Originated in France and translates as ‘rock work’. Asymmetric, naturalistic and picturesque motifs and curvilinear forms.

1837-1901 (Queen Victoria). Revivalist and nostalgic, heavy and ornate. Also saw the impact of the Industrial Revolution. Both factors in the birth of the Arts & Crafts movement.

William III and Mary II. English furniture seen as the transition period of a largely pure copy of the austere European Baroque style into something freer and uniquely British that would become the first great style of the 18th century, the Queen Anne period.