Victorian Architecture ............... Furniture Styles............... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary

Furniture - Victorian
Portrait of Queen Victoria

Spiral-twist Victorian novelty armchair -
Ansley Wilcox Mansion / Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

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NOTE: There is no universal agreement about styles or dates.


General term for English and American furniture, 1840-1900.

"Victorian" refers to the reign of England's Queen Victoria, 1837-1901. More generally, it refers to the the second half of the nineteenth century. In the U.S., some historians use the term to describe the period after the Civil War until World war I in 1914.

See Victorian furniture examples -Private collection, Orchard Park, NY


England - Early Victorian 1830-1850

England -Mid-Victorian 1850-1880

  • French revivals of Louis Quatorze and Louis Seize, better or worse copying down to outright bastardization of ornamental themes
  • Free choice- motif selection from the Italian and French Renaissance, as used contemporaneously in the France of Louis-Philippe and the Second Empire
  • Sporadic waves of nostalgia for Elizabethan and Jacobean
  • Much copying of Georgian and pre-Georgian

England -Late Victorian 1880-1905

American Victorian / 19th-Century Revival styles 1840-1880

Architecture styles include:

FURNITURE styles include:

See also: The Collectors Weekly: "Victorian" Illustrations with ebay links

Photos and their arrangement © 2004 Chuck LaChiusa
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