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PERIOD FURNITURE

(Basics)

Time Line

The division of the periods from 1500 to 1800 into the ages of the Carpenter, Cabinet Maker, and Designer is convenient because these terms suggest the type of furniture being produced. In the earliest period furniture was made by the carpenter, who regarded furniture-making as incidental to his general work, and it therefore bore the characteristics of a craftsman used to large joinery work. Soon after 1660 some woodworkers began to specialise in furniture, and so came the age of the cabinet maker. Lastly, at about the middle of the eighteenth century, furniture began to be associated with the names of individual designers and craftsmen, hence the term Age of the Designer.
 
 
THE_ AGE_OF_THE_CARPENTER,
    1500-1660

 

Tudor Gothic
Jacobean
1500-1603
1603-1660
THE_AGE_OF_THE_CABINET_MAKER,
    1660-1750

 

Transitional
Walnut
Early Georgian
1660-1690 
1660-1720 
1714-1750 
THE_AGE_OF_THE_DESIGNER,
    1750-1800
 
 
Chippendale
Adam 
Hepplewhite 
Sheraton
1745-1780 
1760-1792 
1760-1790 
1790-1806
The above dates are approximate only, and are intended to indicate the years when furniture of a certain style was being mainly produced. They do not necessarily show the year in which any of the designers or cabinet makers died.
BRITISH MONARCHS
Henry VII, 1485-1509
Henry VIII, 1509-1547
Edward VI, 1547-1553
Mary. 1553-1558
Elizabeth, 1558-1603
James I, 1603-1625
Charles I, 1625-1649

 (Commonwealth, 1649-1660) 

Charles II, 1660-1685
James II, 1685-1688
William and Mary, 1689-1702
Anne, 1702-1714
George I, 1714-1727
George II, 1727-1760
George III, 1760-1820

 (Regency, 1810-1820) 

FRENCH MONARCHS
Francis I, 1515-1547
Henry II. 1547-1559
Francis II, 1559-1560
Charles IX, 1560-1574
Henry III, 1574-1589
Henry IV, 1589-1610
Louis XIII, 1610-1643
Louis XIV, 1643-1715
Louis XV, 1715-1774
Louis XVI, 1774-1793

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