Style in Furniture

Style in Furniture

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...gods merely as examples of more or less admirable craftsmanship, but who desire to look beneath the surface--to know something of the conditions of the times in which they were made, and, if possible, to try and conjure up some picture, however vague and shadowy, of the lights and shadows of the lives of the men who designed and made them. Material upon which to base the personal details of such pictures is unfortunately wanting. We may search through our great biographical dictionaries, and resort even to the "Encyclopaedia Britannica" in vain, to find it. True, this i3 last-named publication does contain mention of Chippendale, and goes so far as to inform us that the furniture designed by him was decorated with " marquetry... laid out with diapers of two woods, or with medallions and pattern work," a statement which we know to be entirely wrong. In addition to this, the names merely of Heppelwhite and Sheraton are given. So it is useless for us to look for much assistance in that direction. Our endeavour for the moment must be to discover, as far as possible, all that is connected with the career of the designer and cabinet maker--for he, too, " doubled the parts "--whose name heads these pages. In so doing we shall find ample food for reflection. In the first place, there can be no possible doubt that his artistic--not financial--success in after life as a designer is to be accounted for by the fact that from early childhood he was endowed with a strong bent for drawing, the steady cultivation of which, supplemented by a thorough practical training at the bench, provided a solid foundation for his future work. It seems, as I have indicated, that his career, from the outset, was nothing more nor less than one long-continued more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679865
  • 9781236679864