Historical shapes and motifs
Due to the fascination with ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian styles at the time, Regency furniture hosted a variety of historically inspired shapes and motifs. Images of mythological gods and beasts were imprinted on designs, and features such as laurel wreaths and acanthus leaves were sculpted, gilded and drawn on to pieces as decorative devices.
Manufacturers in the Regency period used many kinds of wood in their furniture designs to exploit their varying characteristics. For example, dark woods were used to convey a majestic and somewhat imposing feel to a specific interior piece, while exotic wood veneers would show more decorative surface effects. Mahogany wood was also a popular preference for furniture makers during this time.
Brass and lion heads
When it came to accentuating that monumental look, brass was the ultimate go-to metal for many Regency furniture manufacturers. Lion heads were incorporated into metal work, enhancing its regal stature, and making statement appearances as handles on drawers.
You’d be wrong to think that there was only one style of chair leg during the Regency period. There were chairs with turned legs, saber legs, legs shaped like classic columns, and x-shaped stretches. As well as this, claw and ball feet were also a signature look on chairs and tables, amplifying that decorative feel.