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The style of early 18th-century English furniture named after the architect and designer William Kent (1684–1748). As an architect, Kent adopted the severe Palladian style of his patron, Lord Burlington. In contrast, his interiors and furniture were sumptuous, much influenced by Italian designs. Furniture was solid, richly carved, and gilt, with scrolls, festoons, and putti, often supported by an eagle with outstretched wings or intertwined dolphins, or surmounted by shell motifs. Much of his furniture was designed as part of a unified decorative scheme, as at Houghton Hall in Norfolk (1726–30). Kent's designs were extremely influential during the first half of the 18th century.

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