Furniture Design

English Tudor & Elizabethan (second half of the 16th century)

English Tudor furniture was very similar to the medieval era with its large and poorly comfortable conceptions. The Elizabethan period will give birth to furniture absorbing the Gothic tradition into an authentic English version of the Renaissance aesthetic. A highly decorative style with rich wood carvings and flamboyant tapestries, derived in particular from the Flemish Renaissance rather than the Italian form, is established within wealthy English homes that tend to copy churches' adornment.

Tags / English Tudor & Elizabethan - Renaissance - Flemish - Tapestry - Gothic - Furniture
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Bed
Heavy paneled chair with box under the seat, oak, first half of the 16th century
Heavy paneled chair with box under the seat, oak, first half of the 16th century
Great Bed of Ware, marquetry by Hans Vredeman de Vries (1527-1604), 1590-1600, Ware, England (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
Great Bed of Ware, marquetry by Hans Vredeman de Vries (1527-1604), 1590-1600, Ware, England (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
The schoolroom at Campden House, Charles Richardson. Campden House was built for Sir Baptist Hicks c. 1610 in the Jacobean style (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries)
The schoolroom at Campden House, Charles Richardson. Campden House was built for Sir Baptist Hicks c. 1610 in the Jacobean style (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries)
Gold medallion of Elizabeth I, Nicholas Hilliard, c. 1580-90 (British Museum, London)
Gold medallion of Elizabeth I, Nicholas Hilliard, c. 1580-90 (British Museum, London)
Drake Jewel, Nicholas Hilliard (Victoria & Albert Museum, London)
Drake Jewel, Nicholas Hilliard (Victoria & Albert Museum, London)
"Sieve Portrait," Quentin Massys the Younger, 1583, Siena
Illustration depicting the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, 1819
Illustration depicting the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, 1819
Mary Tudor, Queen of England, second wife of Felipe II, Anthonis Mor (1519-1575), oil on wood, 1554 (El Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid)
Mary Tudor, Queen of England, second wife of Felipe II, Anthonis Mor (1519-1575), oil on wood, 1554 (El Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid)
Tudor Rose on ceiling, Hampton Court Palace, London
Tudor Rose on ceiling, Hampton Court Palace, London
Mary Tudor's chair (Winchester Cathedral, England)
Mary Tudor's chair (Winchester Cathedral, England)
Hanging, felted wool, applied silk and silk cord, 1580-1590
Hanging, felted wool, applied silk and silk cord, 1580-1590
Allegory of the Tudor Succession, Anon, c. 1572 (Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire)
Allegory of the Tudor Succession, Anon, c. 1572 (Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire)
E-1: English Great Room of the Late Tudor Period, 1550-1603, Mrs. James Ward Thorne (American, 1882-1966), c. 1937 (The Art Institute of Chicago)
E-1: English Great Room of the Late Tudor Period, 1550-1603, Mrs. James Ward Thorne (American, 1882-1966), c. 1937 (The Art Institute of Chicago)
Elizabethan chair
Elizabethan chair
Part of an Elizabethan staircase
Part of an Elizabethan staircase
Tudor chest (Packwood House, Solihull)
Tudor chest (Packwood House, Solihull)
Elizabethan mirror
Elizabethan mirror
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