The furniture collections at Cannon Hall Museum date from the 17th century to the early 20th century and there are many examples which would originally have been made for use in country houses across Britain.
The collection references some of the most famous names in cabinet-making including Waring and Gillow, George Hepplewhite and Thomas Chippendale.
Chippendale is one of the best-known names in furniture history and there are several items in the collection that may have come from his workshop. His catalogue of designs, known as, 'The Director', was published in 1760 and influenced generations of cabinet makers. Hepplewhite's name is associated with furniture in the Regency period and his elegant style is evident in a set of chairs at Cannon Hall Museum.
The Hall also houses a collection of furniture influenced by both the Arts and Crafts and the Art Nouveau styles. There are examples by designers such as E G Punnett for William Birch of High Wycombe ;and Leonard Wyburd who led the furnishing and decoration department at Liberty & Co., London.