Restoration style


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Restoration style

1. Post-Waterloo French Bourbon taste that continued Empire work wholesale except that it removed Napoleonic devices and rejected mahogany for lighter-colored woods.
2. Spirited English furniture from the restoration of Charles II to the close of James II’s reign in 1688. The first to adapt continental baroque. Walnut supplanted oak. Fertile ornamentation brought in spiral turning, scrollwork, deep carving, gesso decoration, and floral marquetry. Caning, lacquering, and japanning were all new techniques. Numerous new forms appeared, such as the wing chair, the daybed, the slant-front bureau, in c. 1670, the scritoire writing cabinet, and small occasional tables.
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The distinctive house is believed to have been built in 1679 in a carolean style, also known as the restoration style, which refers to the specific decorative arts scene popular during and after the reign of King Charles I, from about 1625 to the late 1690s.
Written in the mannered Restoration style of the period (think Congreve and Sheridan), the pastiche gets carried away by its own cleverness, a self-indulgence happily swept aside by the sheer wit of Sam Gold's stylish production.
One might have expected that the rehabilitation of royalist aristocrats and gentlemen would have shown itself in a Restoration style of domestic architecture but no explosion of innovation accompanied the return of monarchy.
The Big Boulton Bash, which included Restoration style dancing and historic dressing up for children, was held to mark the 200th anniversary of Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton.

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