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George II Period (1727-1760)

Under George II, mahogany became the predominant wood used for fine furniture and styles developed from the very fashionable architecture of William Kent. Kent was influenced by classical Italy, using rigorous proportion and little superfluous decoration. Cabinet furniture was designed with architectural cornices and pillars, and carving was heavy and bold. Although Kent provided designs for furniture, it was made or adapted by others. Simply carved shells, masks, vitruvian scrolls or putti decorated the furniture of this period. Carved gilded gesso covered pine was also used for looking glasses and Console Table legs. Later in the reign, more flamboyant, asymmetrical French rococo stylistic influences start to appear.

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