Spotlight: Georgian Antiques
The reign of George III brought about historic change, including the unification of Great Britain and Ireland, and the American Revolution. Antiques from this period are incredibly well-preserved and beautifully crafted, reflecting the luxury and opulence of the British royalty.
Below is a collection of some of the finest authentic George III antiques, from Sterling silver to handcrafted furniture.
King George III of Great Britain reigned from 1760 to 1820, then the longest reigning monarch. Rising to power at the age of 22, his first years in power largely consisted of governmental instability after the Seven Years’ War with France. He later dealt with the increasing tensions brought on from the North American colonies. He was consistently opposed to American self-rule. However, he later learned to accept their independence, and is quoted as saying, “I was the last to consent to the separation; but the separation having been made and having become inevitable, I have always said, as I say now, that I would be the first to meet the friendship of the United States as an independent power.”
He was known as an avid collector of books, creating a new national library. He also had an extensive art collection, which included the likes of Johannes Vermeer.
Some of the most well-preserved antiques from the George III period are Sterling silver dinnerware (seen below), including serving trays, coffee pots, bowls, and platters. These pieces have incredibly intricate designs and features.