Antique Furniture Styles

Against the Grain boasts a diverse collection of antique reproduction furniture, beautifully hand carved in solid mahogany and perfectly replicating antique furniture styles.  

Whether you prefer the graceful lines of French furniture, the elegance of Regency furniture or the ornate carvings typical in Georgian and Victorian furniture you will find your ideal piece at Against the Grain. All furniture can be customised to achieve traditional, period furniture or contemporary, funky furniture to your own style and taste.  Be inspired to create bespoke furniture - simply select your furniture, customise you finish and choose your fabric. 

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QUEEN ANNE, 1700-1755 - Queen Anne was on the throne from 1702 to 1714 influencing a simple and unpretentious style in furniture. The Queen Anne style is refined, graceful and modest characterised by gentle curves and shapely silhouettes.

GEORGIAN, 1714-1838 - The Georgian period extends well over a Century and saw four King George’s on the English throne. Georgian furniture began as a heavy and ornate development of the Queen Anne style but soon refined. Chippendale is the most notable furniture style of Georgian times, characterised by intricate carved seat backs and the Ball & Claw foot, a style which gained popularity when Thomas Chippendale published his furniture designs in ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Directory’ in 1754 reflecting an English Vogue for French, Chinese and Gothic tastes. In the latter years of the 17th Century the Chippendale style was superseded by the designs of Adam, Sheraton and Hepplewhite where a more formal style was adopted using straight lines and horizontal slats.

FRENCH, 1715-1774 - The reign of Louis XV in France between 1715 and 1774 saw the evolution of an elegant, relaxed and graceful style of furniture which has retained its popularity ever since. The broad term French Furniture describes a style which has developed as Baroque, Neo-Classical and Rococo designs were incorporated. French furniture is often small, delicately carved and painted, designed for comfort as well as fashion.

REGENCY, 1790-1830 - The Regency style of furniture began during the reign of the Prince of Wales as Regent and remained fashionable until 1830. Regency is a development of the Georgian style with strong Greek and Egyptian influences. Regency furniture is symmetrical, linear and well proportioned with a graceful, classical feel.

VICTORIAN, 1840-1910 - A wide variety of earlier styles enjoyed a revival of popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Much of the furniture produced at this time incorporates neo-gothic, rococo and neo-classical forms culminating in heavy, ornate pieces with an abundance of plush fabric. The Victorian period was the first furniture style in history open to mass production.

ART DECO, 1900-1950 - An influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's before waning in popularity after World War II. Art Deco is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with machine age imagery and materials. The style is often characterised by rich colours and bold geometric shapes, expressing a distinct departure from preceding delicate and decorative antique furniture styling. In its hey day Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress.