Queen Anne Antique Furniture

Queen Anne Antique Furniture

Queen Anne style antique furniture features cabriole legs with padded feet and upholstered wing chairs. Other characteristics include decorative hardware, bonnet tops, finials, and motifs such as seashells. Rich woods such as mahogany, cherry, tiger maple, and walnut are also part of the style.

What type of furniture is in the Queen Anne style?

Objects in the Queen Anne style include:

  • Dining chairs: Some of these chairs are upholstered, and some have arms.
  • China cabinets: These are to display dinnerware, glassware, and other decorative items. Curio cabinets are similar but narrower.
  • Highboy chest of drawers: This is a tall chest made of four or five drawers. It was originally placed atop a dressing table. Highboys can have a pediment or cornice top.
  • Dining room table: Some of these pieces have wings and can be extended.
  • Sideboard buffet: This is a piece of furniture made of drawers and cabinets that holds items for the dining room.
  • Tilt-top table: This item has a pedestal with a hinged top that can be dropped vertically when it is stored or not in use. The top can be moved to a horizontal position when it is being used.
  • Secretary: A Queen Anne style secretary is a tall piece of furniture with a drop-lid desk for writing. The lid hides tills and compartments for writing implements. It has a bookcase or shelves above the writing surface.
  • Settee: This is a long seat with an upholstered back and seat. Settees were originally made to hold at least two people.

Other pieces include liquor cabinets, kneehole and writing desks, chest of drawers, lowboys, wardrobes, and armchairs. Also included in the Queen Anne category are sofas, benches, and footstools.

How do you take care of antique Queen Anne furniture?
  • To clean an item, just use a duster, a microfiber cloth, or a cloth that’s just dampened with soapy water if the item is very dirty.
  • Keep the furniture away from direct sunlight and sources of heat including registers and fireplaces.
  • Put anything that might get liquid on the wood in a saucer or on a coaster. This includes drinks and potted plants.
  • Wipe up any spills right away.
  • Do not put hot pots and pans directly on the furniture. Use trivets.
  • Cover a dining table with placemats or a tablecloth before meals.
  • Wax on a regular basis. Use paste wax instead of liquid or cream wax.
  • If the chair or settee has upholstery, vacuum it every week with the wand or the upholstery attachment. Blot up any spills right away. Even water can stain certain types of fabric.