An English historical period spanning 1811-20, when George IV was Prince Regent, which falls within the Georgian period. Coinciding with the French Empire (Napoleonic) style and the central European Biedermeir movement, Regency architecture (exemplified by John Nash) and decorative style was typified by classicism, an interest in ancient Greek and Roman aesthetic principles, eclectic furniture design in mahogany, exotic rosewood or zebrawood veneers, brass fittings and Egyptian inspired motifs, Chinoiserie; the formal, meticulous furnishings style was characterised by and regency stripe fabrics woven in imitation of the British army’s striped regimental decorations.

Whilst Regency style was not necessarily initiated by the Prince, he was an important patron.



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