What is Queen Anne Style Furniture? A Buyer's Guide

Do you like Queen Anne style furniture? We will explain how to identify Queen Anne Style, Queen Anne legs and where to buy Queen Anne style furniture.

1. What does Queen Anne style mean?
Queen Anne style is an English decorative style. It was popular in the first quarter of the 18th century. Before Queen Anne period, Baroque and Rococo were the mainstream style in Continental Europe. During Queen Anne reigned, there was a strong nationalistic feeling to reject all things French. The war of Spanish Succession in 1701-1714 also created the more patriotic feeling that led to the need for an English national style.

2. Who is Queen Anne?
The full name of Queen Anne is "Anne, Queen of Great Britain". She acceded to the throne after the death of her brother-in-law and cousin William III. She reigned from 1702 to 1714. After her prolonged illness, she died and was succeeded by George I of Great Britain

3. What year is Queen Anne furniture?
Even though Queen Anne reigned from 1702 to 1714, Queen Anne furniture often refers to furniture style of the first quarter of the 18th century (1700-1725).

4. How to identify Queen Anne furniture?
Queen Anne furniture has 3 key features which can be summarized as below,

- Ornamentation: It used less veneering, carving and painting when compared with earlier designs. By lowering the amount of ornamentation, Queen Anne furniture often revealed the true nature of high-quality materials.

- Size: Queen Anne furniture is significantly smaller than furniture from other periods. You will mostly see vanity table, armoire, stool, coffee table, but not bed or dining table.

- Cabriole Leg: Cabriole (kab-ree-ohl) leg is the most important feature of Queen Anne furniture. It's the tapering double-curved furniture leg.

5. What are Queen Anne legs?
As you can see from the image below, Queen Anne leg or Cabriole leg looks like an animal claw. However, some people believe Cabriole leg was influenced by ancient Greek and Chinese furniture.

Cabriole Leg

6. What is American Queen Anne Style?
After Queen Anne died, Queen Anne style reached the Colonial America and continued its influence until 1750. Both British Queen Anne style and American Queen Anne style shared the same Cabriole leg. However, the American Queen Anne style used less sophisticated veneering method.

7. What is Queen Anne style furniture?
It is the newly produced furniture that is influenced by Queen Anne style in some ways.

8. Where to buy Queen Anne style furniture?
There are so many places you can buy furniture in Queen Anne style. For your convenience, we put together the list of furniture available on Amazon.com as below,

8.1 Vanity Table and Bench

Vanit Set
This Oak Wood Vanity with Table & Bench Set is the example of light furniture in the Queen Anne period. Another feature of this furniture is scrolled aprons of table and chair. It features oak finish, adjustable tilt mirror and solid hardwood legs.

8.2 Small Bench

This Landing Bench is another example of Cabriole leg and scrolled aprons of the chair. The simple padded seat like this is also another feature of Queen Anne design. Seagrass accents and distressed cherry finish add extra meaning to the legs. It's the ideal extra seating in living room and bedroom.

8.3 Armoire

Armoire in ivory lace finish like this is non-traditional Queen Anne design. The reason is that armoire is too big because Queen Anne furniture is supposed to be light furniture. However, the designer combines armoire from France with Cabriole leg from Britain harmoniously. It comes with crystal knobs and high-quality veneer.

8.4 Jewelry Armoire

Jewelry Armoire
This jewelry armoire looks chic and will be a focal point in your bedroom. As you can see, Cabriole leg goes well with any style of furniture. It comes with a mirror lid and 6 drawers with side doors that can store necklaces.

8.5 Arm Bench

Arm Bench
This beige finish arm bench is just perfect for your living room. It combines high tech material like microfiber with Cabriole leg. It's a truly modern furniture inspired by Queen Anne design.

8.6 Coffee Table

Coffee Table Set
This coffee and end table set is the perfect example of Queen Anne design. It has an oak finish and can blend in with your existing furniture very well.

8.7 Drawer Table

Drawer Table
This white-finish drawer table is hardwood furniture. It follows Queen Anne design and comes with a half moon scallop on top, Cabriole leg and sea grass accents. The size is just right for the entrance way and living room. You can use it as a night table in your bedroom too.

Do you like Queen Anne style and why?