Queen Anne Furniture: History, Characteristics & Facts

Instructor: Shenley Schenk

Shenley holds a Master's of Science in Interior Architecture as well as a LEED Green Associate Certification.

Light and elegant with comfort and flexibility describes the feel of Queen Anne Furniture. Explore the styles, design and types of Queen Anne furniture.

Queen Anne Facts

A pioneer for comfort and flexibility, Queen Anne furniture took life in the homes of trending cities. In contrast to its time, Queen Anne furniture was designed to be light and dance around rooms. Increased casual social interaction called for versatile and multi functional furnishings. With minimal ornamentation and embellishment, Queen Anne furniture resembled styles from Asian culture and design.

Queen Anne furniture originated in 1689 during the reign of Queen Anne however was not made popular until 1720. Queen Anne furniture trended in England and America for decades. In America, Queen Anne furniture was produced until the 1800's and took life during the Colonial design period. In England, Queen Anne furniture was popular until 1750, when it was used to influence upcoming design styles. Explore the styles and furniture pieces of Queen Anne design.

Queen Anne Design

'Light and elegant combined with comfort and movement' describes the design of Queen Anne furniture. The Queen Anne chair was the first seat designed with a cushion for comfort. Winged backs on chairs and lounges made for enjoyable long term sitting. Queen Anne claimed the first ergonomically built chair to provide support for the spine.


In current design, Queen Anne furniture is described as antique furniture. Although poplar, cherry and maple woods were used to construct the furniture, walnut wood was most utilized. Curved lines in the legs, feet, arms and pediments are the only adornments used in the Queen Anne style. These adornments are known as C-scrolls and S-scrolls. Jappaning was also used to replicate rich Asian lacquer work.

As trends changed, the Queen Anne style was embellished and overtaken by the Chippendale design. Late Queen Anne and early Chippendale furniture pieces replicate each other.

Queen Anne Furniture Pieces

Queen Anne style is mainly displayed in case pieces. Popular case pieces include:

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