Antique furniture brings the old-fashioned look to the house, full of love and warmth. An antique is an investment, and it will continue to gain value with time. Antique furniture pieces are well made and usually of excellent quality. One of the most sought after and expensive of all antique furniture is that of the English. It encompasses four main styles called William and Mary style, Queen Anne style, Chippendale style, and the Hepplewhite style. The William and Mary style of furniture were from 1690 to 1720 and it was influenced from Flemish, French, and Dutch styles. The main characteristics of such furniture were trumpet-turned legs, oriental lacquer work, and upholstered chairs. The wood used for crafting these furniture were mainly oak, walnut, or maple. Elegantly grained surfaces were preferred.
The Queen Anne style of furniture was popular from 1720 to 1750. This style brought a sea change in the history of English furniture. The pieces became less bulky and considerable lighter as they were replaced by more curves, strong architectural forms, and moldings. There was an abundant use of curved cabriole-shaped stiles, vase-shaped splats, and hoof feet. It was in fact during this period that secret drawers were introduced. The principle wood used for such furniture was cherry, maple, and walnut.