Regency furniture is popularly defined as the furniture produced throughout the period 1790-1840 and this definition is followed here. Those fifty years produced some of the most inventive and decorative furniture ever made. The end of the eighteenth century saw the move away from the strict Palladian influence which had produced the staid, respectable furniture so beloved of generations of scholars, dealers and collectors. The influences on Regency design and taste were many: from Sheraton's neo-classicism, Henry Hollands Anglo-French, the Greek revival of Thomas Hope, and the Chinoiserie favoured by the Prince Regent, to an interest in the Gothic, Old English and rustic. Patrons newly rich from the Industrial Revolution and from wealth derived from the Colonies encouraged furniture makers to indulge in novelties of inventions to satisfy the demands of fashion. Many master craftsmen and cabinet makers both. in London and the provinces who also became important influences on the period, such as Bullock of Liverpool, Gillows of Lancaster, Herve, Pugin, Sheraton, and Chippendale, all contributed to the exchange of new ideas and splendid craftsmanship. Frances Collard, of the Victoria and Albert Museum, carefully explains the interrelated influences of Royal and wealthy patrons on architects, interior designers and furniture makers as well as the demands of the less affluent who were involved in this extraordinary era of creativity.