The term Regency in furniture refers to a specific period in British design that occurred during the early 19th century, from 1811 to 1820, although it is sometimes extended to include the years immediately before and after this period. It was named after the Prince Regent (later King George IV) who ruled as the Prince Regent of the United Kingdom during the illness of his father, King George III.
Regency furniture is characterized by its elegance, refinement, and neoclassical influences. It drew inspiration from ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian designs, incorporating classical motifs such as columns, animal paw feet, sphinxes, and acanthus leaves. The furniture of this period often featured clean lines, geometric shapes, and symmetrical designs.
Mahogany was a popular wood choice for Regency furniture, and rich and exotic veneers, such as rosewood and satinwood, were often used for decorative inlays. The upholstery was typically luxurious and highlighted with ornate details. Regency furniture pieces include chairs, tables, chests, cabinets, desks, and sofas.
Regency furniture represents a time of opulence, sophistication, and a revival of classical design elements in British furniture-making. English period, 1793-1820. Furniture style marked by declining classic influence of Popeiian and increasing use of Roman and Greek.