New PDF release: American Furniture of the 18th Century History, Technique,

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 study of types, makers and interval tools produces an extraordinary mix of background and procedure that's bursting with details and perception. eco-friendly first presents a complete survey of layout and building in accordance with the old affects and tastes of the interval. He then examines and explains real joinery, development and furnishings making tools. 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, development and creative advantage. 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 historical past, craft and building of those vintage masterworks in a gorgeous quantity of splendor and undying designs. hugely instructed interpreting for antiquarians, creditors of 18th Century furnishings, and scholars of 18th Century Americana.

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By th e last two decades of th e 17th cen tu ry, travelers between lew England and England were primar ily engaged in govern ment or private bu siness. The colonies had becom e sta ble tradin g partners and were enjoying a pros perity of their own making. Government officials and merchants were in frequ ent contact with London, and anyth ing unavailable in Am erica cou ld easily be imp orted. To the most afflu ent colonists, th e latest and most stylish designs in furnitu re and ot her goods were readily available.

As discussed earlier, th e dovetail joint had rend ered the frame-and-panel method of const ruct ion obsolete. T he light ness of d rawers and cases afforded by dovetai l joinery allowed for th e mor e vertical forms of th e William and Mary period. CA SE C ON ST RUC T I O N T he cases of chests, including th e upper half of high chests and desks, shared sim ilar str uctures. In each of th ese examples, th e cases consisted of two sides, a top and a botto m. Th e beginnings of th ese cases resembled a vert ical box wit ho ut a front or back.

It is not un common to see four or even eight bookm at ched ven eers across a drawer front, divid ing it evenly int o identical, sym me t rically grained sect ions. T his pattern was repeat ed on every dr awer an d on th e front of th e case itself. Four sect ions of veneer, sym met rical about t he cente r po int, were used to decorate larger areas like desk lids and dr essing-table tops. In most exam ples, veneered panel s and drawer fronts are fram ed with a bord er of cont rast ing veneer-often a herringbon e bord er consist ing of two veneer st rips cut at 45 to th e orientat ion of th e grain.

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