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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 learn of types, makers and interval equipment produces an extraordinary mixture of heritage and procedure that's bursting with details and perception. eco-friendly first offers a accomplished survey of layout and building in line with the historic impacts and tastes of the interval. He then examines and explains real joinery, development and furnishings making equipment. all through, he presents drawings, illustrations and pictures. And in a separate, full-color part, he treats readers to a close-up examine 18 vital examples with a dialogue in their layout, building and inventive 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 development of those vintage masterworks in a stunning quantity of attractiveness and undying designs. hugely instructed studying for antiquarians, creditors of 18th Century furnishings, and scholars of 18th Century Americana.

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Couches, tod ay known as daybeds, are a variat ion on William and Mary chair designs. They have most of th e same design elem ents as un u ph olstered chairs of t he period , but have dr amati cally differen t proportion s. Their backs are shorter, and th e seats can be more t han 5 ft . long (ph oto at left) . The stuffed cush ions are separate . Co uc hes were ma de for reclining, and the backs are freq ue ntly hi nged and adjustable to any angle. The extra length necessitated as many as eight legs an d a host of turned st retc he rs to conn ect th em.

This painted Hadley chesthas the characte risticshallowrelief carving of stylized bota nical elements. Over 125origina l chests with this type of orname nt exist. and nearly half of them are of this form. (COURTESYYALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY) PAI NTS A N D S TA I N S Carved pieces were very often pain ted as well. The entire spectrum was to be found highlighting th e carvings or coloring th e ground betwe en raised portions. Deep reds, blu es, greens and ivory are frequently seen colors on sur viving examples.

As th e 17t h cen tur y was draw ing to a close, the most impo rta nt poin ts of ent ry for new furnitu re designs were Boston, New York and Philadelphi a. Th rough th ose bustling ports were co mi ng a new sense of design and a new approac h to furniture makin g. Ju st as England was read y to embrace new designs following th e Restorat ion of C harles II, so was New England read y to accept th e William and Mar y style some 30 years later. Th e tid e of th e Gr eat Migrati on had been ste m med in th e 1640s with th e outbreak of war betw een th e forces of th e Cro wn and th ose of th e Puritans and nonconformi sts.

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