About Queen Anne Chair
Developed during the reign of Anne, who was Queen of England between 1702 and 1714, Queen Anne furniture, sometimes called late Baroque, marked a departure into lighter, more comfortable and practical pieces, and is defined by characteristics including cushioned seats and chairs with winged backs.
We also see a lot of crest rails, curved lines and pad feet. Another defining characteristic is the cabriole leg, in two curves, with a convex upper arc and concave lower curve.
In contrast to earlier styles, rather than ornament or decoration, the emphasis is on line and form. Decoration is usually restricted to carved scallop or shell-shaped motifs. Often these can be found on the knees and crest, frequently in relief form. Sometimes, acanthus leaves and broken C-curves are also seen for ornamentation.
In more fashionable town and city settings, walnut was regularly used as the wood of choice for Queen Anne chairs, while cherry, maple and poplar were other favourite choices.
Many Queen Anne pieces are similar to the early Chippendale models from the next big style to come along, so both styles are frequently identified with one another.
Queen Anne chairs come in a variety of styles and materials, from fireside winged armchairs to upright dining chairs with no arms. With the former, the high back and chic padded wings give additional support and comfort, as well as protecting from draughts for the shoulders, neck and head.
Equally, the wooden frame, often built by hand, is very compact so perfect if space is limited.