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Our guide to the key periods in antique furniture making comparing British, American and French terminology


ACCESSION DATE BRITISH MONARCH BRITISH   PERIOD  UK FURNITURE STYLE U.S. PERIOD FRENCH PERIOD PRINCIPAL WOODS
             
1485 Henry VII Tudor        
             
1509 Henry VIII Tudor        
             
1547 Edwrad VI Tudor        
      Gothic   Renaissance  
1553 Mary I Tudor (c.1100-1600)     Oak Period
            (c.1500-1650)
1558 Elizabeth I Elizabethan   Early    
    / Tudor   Colonial    
1603 James I Jacobean        
    / Stuart        
1625 Charles I Carolean     Louis XIII  
    / Stuart     (1610-1643)  
1649 Commonwealth Cromwellian        
      Baroque      
1660 Charles II Restoration (c.1600-1700)      
            Walnut Period
1685 James II Restoration     Louis XIV (c.1670-1735)
          (1643-1715)  
1688 William & Mary William & Mary   William    
        & Mary    
1694 William III William III   Dutch    
        Colonial    
1702 Anne Queen Anne        
      Rococo Queen    
1714 George I Early (c.1700-1760) Anne Regence  
    Georgian     (1715-1723)  
1727 George II Middle   Chippendale Loius XV Early Mahogany
    Georgian Neoclassical   (1723-1774) Period
1760 George III Late (c.1755-1805) Early Federal Louis XVI (c.1735-1770)
    Georgian Empire (c.1790-1810) (1774-1793)  
1812 George III / Regency (c.1799-1815) American Directoire Directoire Late Mahogany
  Prince Regent   Regency (c.1798-1804) (1793-1799) Period
1820 George IV Regency (c.1812-1830) American Empire Empire (c.1770-1850)
        (c.1804-1815) (1799-1815)  
1830 William IV William IV Ecclectic Later Federal Restauration  
      (c.1830-1880) (c.1810-1830) (1815-1830)  
1837 Victoria Victorian   Victorian Louis Philippe  
      Arts & Crafts (c.1837-1901) (1830-1848)  
1901 Edward VII Edwardian (c.1880-1900)   2nd Empire  
      Art Nouveau Art Nouveau (1848-1870)  
1910 George V George V (c.1900-1920) (c.1900-1920)    
      Art Deco &   3rd Republic  
1936 Edward VIII Edward VIII Art Moderne   (1871-1940)  
      (c.1925-1940) Art Deco    
1936 George VI George VI   (c.1920-1940)    
      Utility & Austerity      
1952 Elizabeth II Elizabeth II Furniture      
      (c.1939-1955)      

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