William & Mary
Background on William and Mary Style:
- William and Mary Style Legs and Feet:
Both scroll and Spanish feet were used to reflect elegance in William and Mary style pieces.
- Woods Used in William and Mary Style Pieces:
Chair designs were thinner than previous styles with high backs and lavish embellishments. Side chairs were most common, but some armchairs were made as well. Chair seats were usually made of cane or rush, or upholstered in cushioned leather. Wing chairs, also known as easy chairs at this time, and daybeds that were actually chairs with extended seats were also introduced during this era.
Small tables designed for form and function were new to this era as well, such as tea tables and dressing tables. Gate-leg tables were the most popular and made in varied sizes for varied purposes. The butterfly table also came into favor during this era with the tavern table being one variation.