Today, there is a vibrant and growing market for Georgian antiques. The era from about 1714 to 1830 derives its name from a succession of monarchs named George that reigned on the English throne. In Europe, the Industrial Revolution was in progress and domestic wealth expanded greatly, establishing a market for furniture, pottery and jewelry.
At the same time, archaeological discoveries gave rise to the fashion for neo-classicism, items made to the graceful lines and flowing embellishments of ancient Greek and Roman design. Pottery-maker Josiah Wedgewood and carpenter Thomas Chippendale took commissions from wealthy clients, filling grand houses with porcelain ornaments and hand-crafted furniture. Clockmakers and jewelers thrived also.
Eventually, these fashions filtered through to mass-produced items for ordinary people to buy. When looking for a Georgian antique, the customer should ensure the authenticity of what he pays for. An original piece of Chippendale furniture can cost a hundred thousand dollars or more, but imitation nineteenth or twentieth century pieces, though also beautiful, cost much less.