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When people mention the Georgian era or the Georgian period, they are not referring to 1989-1993 or 2001-2009, when we had George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush as Presidents of the United States. Although who knows? Maybe at some point, hundreds of years from now, those years may be heralded as the Bushian periods of the United States. Now however, when people speak of the Georgian era or period, they are indeed speaking of the years 1714 to 1830 when the Georges (I-IV) ruled England. And although these Georges are not associated with terrorists and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will remember that George III was King during the American Revolution, when America gained its Independence.
The Georgian period in England was an energetic period in the economic sense. England had many colonies around the world from which it drew riches and economic prosperity. In these years, the middle class flourished and people demanded and were able to afford fine furniture and decorative arts from the many outstanding craftsmen of the time; woodworkers, cabinet makers, artists, and architects are just a few of the areas that the Georgian period affected. From this same era, we also get the superior furniture designers and maker trio of Thomas Chippendale, Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite.
As antique furniture goes, probably some of the most beautiful, exquisitely designed and certainly one of the most expensive pieces to be had by collectors are those by this trio of fine furniture craftsmen. Although other antique aficionados might argue, probably the most famous of the trio is Thomas Chippendale; mainly because we have seen enough episodes of Antiques Roadshow to recognize the name; we certainly could not afford to decorate our home with his or his contemporariesí antiques. In any case, the name Chippendale is synonymous with quality furnishings that were originally made for aristocratic families and statesmen. Rococo,Chinese, Gothic and Open Pediment are all things that are incorporated into the designs of Chippendale and readily identify creations designed in his style.
Because of his success, Chippendale designs were produced all over the world including Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If like us, you have to admire his creations from afar, then you might be interested to know that his furniture is on exhibit in many museums throughout the country including The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.