American Baroque Period

American furniture in the early to mid-1700s was typically characterized by graceful curves (such as S-shaped cabriole legs) and limited surface ornament. In later periods, the style has been known as “Queen Anne” (named for the British monarch who reigned 1702-1714) and “American Baroque.” British subjects in America adopted the style, and such fashionable American fine and decorative arts tied colonists to European notions of economic prosperity. The earliest known examples of furniture and silver made in Delaware date to this period and typify America’s early artistic reliance on England. Even as British subjects in America followed European fashions, Great Britain limited its American Colonies’ trade options and political power.