By Jeffrey P. Greene
American furnishings Of The 18th Century bridges the distance among the paintings of interval furnishings and the craft of furnishings making. Jeffrey Greenes meticulous learn of kinds, makers and interval tools produces a unprecedented mix of historical past and method that's bursting with details and perception. eco-friendly first offers a entire survey of layout and building according to the ancient impacts and tastes of the interval. He then examines and explains genuine joinery, building and furnishings making equipment. all through, he presents drawings, illustrations and images. And in a separate, full-color part, he treats readers to a close-up examine 18 very important 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 kinds. It effectively hyperlinks the background, craft and building of those vintage masterworks in a gorgeous quantity of attractiveness and undying designs. hugely instructed analyzing for antiquarians, creditors of 18th Century furnishings, and scholars of 18th Century Americana.
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Additional resources for American Furniture of the 18th Century History, Technique, and Structure
Whil e it is t ru e th at William and Mary designs would not have been possible without th e advent of dovetail joinery, furniture makers did not seem to be at an impasse for want of bett er joinery. With th e except ion of a handful of late-17th-eentury pieces made with long legs or sta nds (see th e photo below), th ere CHES T OV ER DRAW ERS , are no existing pieces tha t indicate a conscious effort to move to a more verti cal format while using frame-and-pan el constructio n. Dovet ails were one of th e many innovations in techn iqu e and design th at converged at th e t ime and enabled th e developm ent of th e William and Mary style as we know it today.
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. Rath er th an being a panel set inside a frame , each of th e parts was one wid e board or two glued side to side.
Most crest rails are about half as tall as th ey are wid e, and rise to an apex in th e cente r (see th e photo on p. 28 ). In th e Philadelphia area, arched crest rails over vert ical banisters were in favor. In New England, th e designs were based on Flemi sh scrolls, and th e rails were pierced and deeply carved. As if to cou nte rbalance th e orna te crest rails, carved Spani sh feet were usually used on th e front legs of th e best New England chairs. A subset of th e chairs of th e period are those with caned back pan els and seats (cen ter photo below).
American Furniture of the 18th Century History, Technique, and Structure by Jeffrey P. Greene