By Jeffrey P. Greene
American furnishings of the 18th century is prized for its historic and creative price by means of museums and creditors, and as a benchmark in layout and craftsmanship by way of modern day furnishings makers.
In the 1st a part of the ebook, Jeffrey Greene chronicles the evolution of the layout and building of 18th-century furnishings, drawing on ancient impacts and the tastes of the interval. within the moment half, he explains and illustrates the concepts of the interval furnishings maker, together with joinery and genuine development; carving, turning and inlay; standard completing tools; and making operating drawings. the ultimate half examines 24 very important unique examples intimately for his or her layout, building and creative merit.
Written through a certified interval furnishings maker, this booklet is meant for a person with an curiosity in 18th-century furnishings. For antiquarians, it is going to function an in depth consultant to the furnishings maker's equipment. For cabinetmakers of any interval, it is going to be an important reference on connoisseurship and ancient methods.
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Th eir flexibility and fun ctionality were well suited to th e dem and s of space and utility to which life at th at time subjecte d th em . SEATING FURNI TURE In keeping with Baroqu e ideals an d th e practica l conside rations of comfort, seating furniture took on a distin ctive William and Mary style. C hairs continued th e th em e of a vertical format and were orna me nted in a more fluid style th an th eir predecessors. Fully upholstered easy chairs, most ofte n used by th e aged or infirm, came into widespread use.
PROBABL Y BOSTON , ABO UT 1700 . Standing less than 3 ft. tall, this chest-en-stand is among the few pieces of Am erican furniture built with frame-andpanel construction that rose above the horizontal Jacobean format. (COURTESYMUSEUM OF ART, RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN) th e 17th centu ry th at its use formed th e basis for a whole system of st ructu re. Th e dovetail enabled drawers to be built of ver y thin wood, because th ey no longer needed to be nailed togeth er. Case pieces could be dovetailed togeth er as well, superseding the fram e-and-panel method that had been th e basis for Jacobean pieces.
The ancestry of the English and American high chest is evident in this piece of late-17thcentury Flemish court furnit ure, (COURTESY TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART) palaces th at were bein g built at Versailles and elsewhe re. C hests becam e nearly square and were full of drawers. Som e chests were placed on top of stands (see th e ph oto above). C hairs becam e tall er and were crowned with orn at e carved designs. In addition , case pieces were given the flourish of elabo rate moldings at top and bottom.
American furniture of the 18th century by Jeffrey P. Greene