American Furniture of the 18th Century History, Technique, by Jeffrey P. Greene

By Jeffrey P. Greene

American furnishings Of The 18th Century bridges the space among the paintings of interval furnishings and the craft of furnishings making. Jeffrey Greenes meticulous learn of types, makers and interval equipment produces an extraordinary blend of heritage and process that's bursting with details and perception. eco-friendly first presents a accomplished survey of layout and building in response to the historic affects and tastes of the interval. He then examines and explains actual joinery, development and furnishings making equipment. all through, he offers drawings, illustrations and images. And in a separate, full-color part, he treats readers to a close-up examine 18 vital examples with a dialogue in their layout, building and creative benefit. American furnishings Of The 18th Century captures the spirit of an age that boasted William and Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Neoclassical and different enduring makers and types. It effectively hyperlinks the background, craft and development of those vintage masterworks in a stunning quantity of splendor and undying designs. hugely urged interpreting for antiquarians, creditors of 18th Century furnishings, and scholars of 18th Century Americana.

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Dramatically turned legs and stre tchers were inco rpo rated along with gracefully curve d arms with scrolled ends (p hoto at left below). In comparison to Jacobean forms, th ese chairs were mu ch taller, someti mes more th an 4 ft. tall. T he backs of th e cha irs, whil e still stra ight, were slanted back from th e vertical at a not iceable angle (no doubt a small concession to th ose who had to sit in th em). Th e backs consisted of two vertical st iles, cont inuat ions of th e back legs, with eithe r vert ical bani sters or a nar row pan el of can ing or leath er upholstery.

Human natu re dictates th at wh en one successfu l fam ily received new furniture, othe rs would soon follow. "Equal or Sup erior to th e Most Fashionable London Styles," or a variati on th ereof was a phrase that was found in the advertiseme nts and labels of Am erican furniture makers for anot her hu nd red years. William and Mary Forms Becau se of th e changes in st ructur e bro ught about by th e use of th e dovet ail joint, William and Mary pieces were able to take on forms th at were not possible wit h earlier fram e-and-pan el const ruct ion.

DI NIN G TABLE. B OST ON AREA . 1715 -1735 . The drop-leaf diningtable was a form that was to continuefor most of the centu ry. Wi lliam and Mary drop-leaf tables have bold turnings and stretchers and often include a drawer at oneend. (COURTESYMUSEUM OF ART, RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN) TA B L E. C ON N EC T I C UT. 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.

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