By Jeffrey P. Greene
American furnishings of the 18th century is prized for its ancient and inventive price via museums and creditors, and as a benchmark in layout and craftsmanship through modern day furnishings makers.
In the 1st a part of the ebook, Jeffrey Greene chronicles the evolution of the layout and development of 18th-century furnishings, drawing on historic impacts and the tastes of the interval. within the moment half, he explains and illustrates the suggestions of the interval furnishings maker, together with joinery and actual building; carving, turning and inlay; customary completing equipment; and making operating drawings. the ultimate half examines 24 vital unique examples intimately for his or her layout, development and inventive merit.
Written via a certified interval furnishings maker, this booklet is meant for someone with an curiosity in 18th-century furnishings. For antiquarians, it is going to function an in depth consultant to the furnishings maker's tools. For cabinetmakers of any interval, it will likely be an important reference on connoisseurship and ancient methods.
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Legs becam e excuses for showing off dramatic turnings. Apron s and st retc he rs becam e decorative as well as fun ctional , and wildly grained veneers were everywhe re. Th ose of th e old school mu st have shaken th eir heads in disb elief. At th e same time th at Baroqu e design was encou raging dr amatic results, Enlighte n me nt ideals were demanding logic and ord er. Th e two were not at odds in th e William and Mary designs, and in fact th ey merged nicely. Th e new sty le was a very orde rly display of dr am a.
1685 -1700 . This oakchest is clearly of frame-andpanel construction. Like many chests of the 17th century, its only ornamentation is the shallow shadow moldings on the stiles and rails. (COURTESY HISTORIC DEERFiElD) CHEST WITH DRAWERS . WETHERSFIELD . CONNECTICUT . 16 7 5-1 71 0. This chest is attributed to Peter Blin of Wethersfield. The design, includingthe shallow relief carving of the sunflower and the use of half-tu rnings, is nearly identical to several other chests attributed to him. (COURTESYWETHERSFiElD HISTORICAL SOCIETY) of th e most prolific practition ers of this style was Peter Blin of Wethersfield , Co nnectic ut, wh o was working during th e last qu arter of th e cent u ry.
The flat panels of Jaco bean pieces were also well suited to sha llow carving, a style of decoration used widely d uri ng th e period . Groove in drawer side T URNIN G S Seventeenth-eentury turnings are noted for being robust, ofte n bord erin g on sto ut, th ou gh some turnings of great delicacy and refin em ent appea red as orna me ntat ion on cha irs and bedstead s. Half-turn ings were applied to chest and cup board surfaces as an alte rn ative or add it ion to carved panels. Th e distincti ve shapes of turnings T HE J A C 0 H E A N PER I 0 D 13 CH EST.
American furniture of the 18th century by Jeffrey P. Greene