It has, again, been brought to my attention that I know not what I’m talking about. I’m the first to admit my mind isn’t what it once was (I even woke Virginia the other night and enquired “What land is this?”), but when it comes to dates and monarchs, I take great pains to ensure my attributions are accurate.
In a recent email I was quizzed as to why I ascribed the walnut bachelor’s chest in Bands of Feathers as Queen Anne, circa 1705, when, “… clearly, the Queen Anne Period begins at 1730”. I identified the problem straight away – the writer was a North American!
North Americans have a unique interpretation of, amongst other things, English monarchs’ reigns and furniture periods which are peculiarly out of kilter. I can’t fully explain the disparities, but I’m pretty certain continental drift isn’t wholly to blame. I suspect contributing factors such as strong headwinds, scurvy, mutiny, or more likely, apathy or mischief on the part of the English exaggerated or delayed news of the demise of the various monarchs reaching the colony. As for the Chippendale jape…
At any rate, to put matters into perspective and to hopefully circumvent further ado, I present this comparative chronology of English monarchs and furniture periods:
Jack Plane *