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Regency Folk Art

REGENCY STYLE

Like France’s Empire style, Regency-style furniture was rooted in neoclassicism; the characteristics of its bedroom furniture, armchairs, dining room tables and other items include clean lines, angular shapes and elegant details.

Dating roughly from the 1790s to 1830s, antique Regency-style furniture gets its name from Prince George of Wales — formally King George IV — who became Prince Regent in 1811 after his father, George III, was declared unfit to rule. England’s Regency style is one of the styles represented in Georgian furniture.

George IV’s arts patronage significantly influenced the development of the Regency style, such as the architectural projects under John Nash, which included the renovation of Buckingham House into the formidable Buckingham Palace with a grand neoclassical facade. Celebrated designers of the period include Thomas Sheraton, Henry Holland and Thomas Hope. Like Nash, Hope instilled his work with classical influences, such as saber-legged chairs based on the ancient Greek klismos. He is credited with introducing the term “interior decoration” to English with the 1807 publishing of Household Furniture and Interior Decoration.

Although more subdued than previous styles like Rococo and Baroque, Regency interiors incorporated copious use of chintz fabrics and wallpaper adorned in chinoiserie-style art. Its furniture featured fine materials and luxurious embellishments. Furniture maker George Bullock, for instance, regularly used detailed wood marquetry and metal ornaments on his pieces.

Archaeological discoveries in Egypt and Greece informed Regency-era details, such as carved scrollwork, sphinxes and palmettes, as well as the shape of furniture. A Roman marble cinerary chest, for example, would be reinterpreted into a wooden cabinet. The Napoleonic Wars also inspired furniture, with martial designs like tented beds and camp-style chairs becoming popular. While the reddish-brown mahogany was prominent in this range of pieces, imported woods like zebrawood and ebony were increasingly in demand.

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Style: Regency
Pair of Regency Shell Art Floral Bouquets under Glass Domes
Located in Dallas, TX
PRESENTING A ‘FANTASTICALLY’ RARE, EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY and MUSEUM QUALITY Pair of Regency Shell Art Floral Bouquets under Glass Domes. Made in Englan...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Shell, Glass, Mahogany

Pearlware Bear Jug and Cover, English, Early 19th Century
Located in Spencertown, NY
Napoleonic Bear Baiting Jug and Cover, Probably Scottish,
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Mid-19th Century Scottish Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Regency Signed Original Oil Portrait of Man
Located in west palm beach, FL
A striking vintage Regency oil portrait on canvas. A chic composition in the period style. Signed and dated by the artist. Acquired from a Palm Be...
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Mid-20th Century American Regency Folk Art

Materials

Canvas, Wood, Paint

Vintage Regency Painted Metal Pear Branch
Located in west palm beach, FL
A fabulous vintage Regency decorative branch. A chic and charming twisted branch with little hanging pears. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate
Category

Late 20th Century American Regency Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Vintage Regency Signed Interiors Painting on Paper
Located in west palm beach, FL
A fabulous vintage Original oil painting on paper. A chic interiors composition in clear colors. A glamorous bedroom scene in a gilt frame. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate
Category

Early 2000s Regency Folk Art

Materials

Paint, Paper

Vintage Vertical Horse Hind Legs Sketch Drawing
Located in west palm beach, FL
A fantastic vintage sketch of a horses hind legs on paper with pencil. The sketch comes framed and protected with glass. Acquired at a Palm Beach estate.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Regency Folk Art

Materials

Glass, Paper

Vintage Boho Regency Royal Academy Artist Original Oil Portrait
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic vintage original oil portrait. A beautiful composition of an elegant lady. Signed by the artist and dated 1931. The artist , Jose Ruschty, was a student of Tbe Royal Academ...
Category

1930s Vintage Regency Folk Art

Materials

Paint

19c Naive Oil Painting of a Young Girl in an Architectural Scene
Located in Cheltenham, GB
A 19c naive oil painting on a thin wooden panel of a young girl in an architectural and wooded landscape in a black painted frame with gilt slip. A regency period portrait...
Category

Mid-19th Century British Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Paint

Antique Cream Painted Toleware Chest. Henry Loveridge Maker. English C.1850
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful toleware chest Not sure what the original function was. No evidence to suggest it was a coal bin. Cream painted with gilt decoration in neoclassical style. Original paint...
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1850s English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Tin

Italian Grand Tour Specimen Marble Chess Board
Located in Dallas, TX
Italian Grand Tour pietra dura specimen marble chess / checkers game board, rare and ancient marble squares, Italy, 1820s
Category

19th Century Italian Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Multi-gemstone, Siena Marble

Regency Penwork Decorated Box, C1810
Located in valatie, NY
Regency Penwork Decorated Box c1810. "A sycamore veneered box decorated in penwork. The sides of the box are decorated with what looks like stylized marigolds. ...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Brass

Brampton Rare Salt Glazed Stoneware Character Modelled Container
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A charming unusual and very rare antique English Brampton salt glazed container modelled as gentleman wearing a coat dating from around 1830. The stoneware container is a half-length...
Category

Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Stoneware

19th Century Regency Hand Blown Chemist Pharmacy Apothecary Display Carboy Sign
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A very early 19th century chemist display carboy, circa 1820 possibly earlier The bulbous center sits on a stepped base with a swan like neck and a fine cut glass oversized stopp...
Category

Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Blown Glass, Cut Glass

Antique English Regency Toleware Footed Coal Box or Scuttle with Brass Handles
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique metal coal box or coal scuttle is presumably made in England during the 1820s in the Regency period and style. The box is constructed of th...
Category

Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Metal

19th Century Sea Captain's Tea Caddy
Located in Nantucket, MA
Early 19th century sea captain's tea caddy, circa 1830, made of coramandel wood gathered in the Spice Islands China Trade, with sailor's grommet-spliced rope becket handles. The inte...
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Early 19th Century American Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Wood

Set of Four English Regency Paper Mâché Painted & Gilt Nest of Tables. C.1800
Located in Hollywood, SC
Set of four English Regency paper mâché painted and gilt nest of tables with shell, coral and mother-of-pearl inlaid checker board top. Tables are rectangle in shape with turned bu...
Category

Early 1800s English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl, Paint, Paper

Antique English Regency Period and Styled Hand Painted Toleware Tea Caddy
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique English toleware tea caddy dates to circa 1820 and done in the period Regency style. This tea caddy is constructed of tin with a cast i...
Category

Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Metal

English Regency Mahogany Marble Top Console, Circa 1790
Located in Hollywood, SC
English Regency mahogany marble-top console with flanking Phoenix heads, original ormolu mounts, ebonized tapered legs, centered gilt urn and terminating on rectangular molded edge b...
Category

1790s English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Marble, Gold

William IV Police Truncheon
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A William IV policeman’s truncheon. A great piece of social history, the baton has a slightly shaped grip handle, the lower part is painted in Red and the upper part has a blue ba...
Category

Early 19th Century Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Paint

Rare Pair of Victorian Staffordshire Ceramic Recumbent Giraffe Figures
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Each with one leg bent, and nicely colored with dotted fur details slightly different from each other, circa 1860. Green double palm trees with red fruit form the supports at the bac...
Category

Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of English Regency Faux Painted and Gilt Armchairs, Circa 1820
Located in Hollywood, SC
Pair of English Regency faux painted and gilt armchairs with quatrefoil and cross hatching splat backs, scrolled arms, and terminating on faux bamboo legs. Chairs have been upholster...
Category

1820s English Antique Regency Folk Art

Pair of English Regency Serpentine Painted Arm Chairs. Circa 1815
Located in Hollywood, SC
Pair of English Regency serpentine splat back hand painted arm chairs with floral ribbon, swags, tassels, and medallion motif. Pair has scrolled ar...
Category

1810s English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Beech, Paint, Upholstery

Staffordshire Pearlware Deer and Doe Large Deer Park Spill Vase Group
Located in Downingtown, PA
This remarkable and rare Staffordshire pearlware large group is particularly rare with the stag and doe being removable being placed into insets on the oval base. The group depicts two large figures of a stag and doe facing each other either side of the central tree trunk spill vase with a small lamb below. The removable stag: 8 inches high x 5 3/4 inches wide x 3 inches deep. Removable doe: 6 1/2 inches high x 5 1/2 inches x 3 inches deep. Provenance: Alistair Samson, London (Old sales label where it is called Walton). Reference: People, Passions, Pastimes and Pleasures: Staffordshire Figures 1810-1835, Myrna Schkolne, Page 211, for a similar group from the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK. Holding the Past, The William Herbert and Nancy Hunt Collection...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Regency Folk Art

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Pair of English Regency Stenciled and Gilt Armchairs, Circa 1790
Located in Hollywood, SC
Pair of English Regency stenciled and gilt armchairs with classical painted oval scenes, cane seats, and terminating on turned stenciled bulbous legs, late 18th Century.
Category

18th Century and Earlier British Antique Regency Folk Art

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H 30.5 in W 18.5 in D 15.38 in
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Regency folk art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Regency folk art for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage folk art created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include folk art, decorative objects, seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, paint and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Regency folk art made in a specific country, there are Europe, United Kingdom, and England pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original folk art, popular names associated with this style include and Enoch Wood & Sons. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for folk art differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $526 and tops out at $15,000 while the average work can sell for $2,125.

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