American furniture of the 18th century by Jeffrey P. Greene

By Jeffrey P. Greene

American furnishings of the 18th century is prized for its ancient and creative worth by means of museums and creditors, and as a benchmark in layout and craftsmanship by means of modern day furnishings makers.

In the 1st a part of the publication, Jeffrey Greene chronicles the evolution of the layout and development of 18th-century furnishings, drawing on ancient affects and the tastes of the interval. within the moment half, he explains and illustrates the ideas of the interval furnishings maker, together with joinery and real development; carving, turning and inlay; well-known completing equipment; and making operating drawings. the ultimate half examines 24 vital unique examples intimately for his or her layout, building and creative merit.

Written by means of a qualified interval furnishings maker, this publication is meant for a person with an curiosity in 18th-century furnishings. For antiquarians, it is going to function an in depth advisor to the furnishings maker's equipment. For cabinetmakers of any interval, it will likely be a necessary reference on connoisseurship and ancient methods.

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MASSACHUSETTS . 1700-1725 . Dressing table and high chest legs show a more complex profile that traces its origin to France by way of England and Holland. ( PRIVATE COLLECTION) T HE W I L L I A 11,1 & 11,1 A R Y I' E RI O 0 29 lexicon of sha pes, but th ey are ver y different eleme nts from th ose describ ed previous ly. These turnings were recent transplants from Flemi sh and Fren ch cour t fu rni tu re, and th ey were free fro m th e practica l conside ratio ns of fun cti onin g as chair or table legs.

AFTE R 171 0. Butterfly tableswe re small drop-leaf tables, usually with splayed legs for increased stability, which featured hinged wingsto support the leaves. (COURTESYWADSWOR TH ATHENEUM. 1 A R Y I' E R IO 0 23 C hai rs Alt hough chairs were not su bject to mu ch st ructu ral change, th ey underw ent a t ransform ation to conform to th e Baroqu e ideals of th e day and embody many of th e impo rta nt elements of William and Mary design. Dramatically turned legs and stre tchers were inco rpo rated along with gracefully curve d arms with scrolled ends (p hoto at left below).

Used primarily as a dining t able, its gatelegs swung out fro m a cent ral frame to support two leaves (to p ph oto at right). Th e vast majority of gateleg tables are round or oval, and about 4 ft . or 5 ft . lon g. Som e of th e most spectacu lar examples of this form appeared early in th e century. Th ey feature robust turned legs and st retc hers th at make th e base as visually int erestin g as any ot her piece of William an d Mar y furniture. Anoth er type of drop-l eaf table used foldin g wings to swing out in su pport of th e leaves (bott om photo at right ).

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