The International Studio Volume 44

The International Studio Volume 44

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...of the sixteenth century, but the peasant craftsmen in many places adhered to the old accustomed shapes some fair way into the seventeenth century; and even after they had adopted earlier Renaissance motifs, one may still now and again come upon the old types of furniture without any alteration whatever, as for instance in the cupboard shown in Fig. 7, the composition and fundamental lines of which in reality hail from the Gothic, whilst the ornamentation belongs to the High Renaissance period (about 1625), and yet the cupboard bears the date 1698. In other parts of the country the Gothic and the early Renaissance were a thing of the past by the year 1600 and the ornamental motifs of the High Renaissance had come into vogue. They were more especially brought into Denmark by the craftsmen of the Netherlands whom Frederick II. called into the country at the time he was building the castle of Kronborg, and from the workshops in Elsinore they rapidly found their way to the other towns. The acanthus ornamentation had to give way to the cartouche work, and the furniture was formed as pieces of decorative architecture, with cornices and columns, arched portals, hermae and caryatides. Figural ornamentation was also frequently resorted to, reliefs with scenes from the Old and the New Testament, or statuettes CARVED OAK PANELLING FOR AN ALCOVE BEDSTEAD WITH DOORS. SLESWICK. DATE ABOUT j600 symbolical, for instance, of the Christian virtues, as in Fig. 8, where Caritas an&Justitia are introduced. This big, handsome chest may be taken as a very good specimen of a typical piece of Danish manorhouse furniture, upon which the proud owner, Jorgen Seefeldt of Visborggaard, Member of the King's Council, did not neglect to have his own coatof-arms more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236875753
  • 9781236875754