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Early Georgian (1714 - 1730 / 40)

The style of furniture in early Georgian period is very much in the manner of the styles used under Queen Anne. At the same time gilding became popular and was used for mirrors, tables, torcheres and chairs, in fact, anything that could be gilded probably was. The work of Palladio in the Veneto became the most important influence of the period and the greatest English exponents were Inigo Jones and William Kent as well as several other well documented figures. The architectural style of Palladio's designs were translated into powerful and substantial furniture designs with such motifs as broken pediments, and fluted columns, bold aprons, heavily carved crestings and fine European marble tops were used for the first time. By the end of this period the timber of choice for the grandest commission was firmly mahogany, the colour and exceptional quality of grain were highly prized.

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