Elizabethan and Jacobean Furniture


The Tudors and the Stuarts have been popularised through various television productions which have, however, usually given a factually incorrect presentation of the furniture of these periods. The lecture will compare and distinguish Elizabethan and Jacobean furniture in terms of its construction, decoration and range.  Although of common form because of the use of framed-panel construction fixed with mortise and tenon joints, the furniture of these two periods differs considerably in both style and range as the excesses of the Elizabethan Renaissance give way to greater simplicity and classical good proportion and also to an increase in the range of items being made –reflecting the increased sophistication of furniture design and construction in the early 17th century.

Note: This can be split to provide more detailed lectures on either Elizabethan or Jacobean furniture.

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