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 mix of heritage and method that's bursting with details and perception. eco-friendly first offers a complete survey of layout and development in accordance with the old impacts and tastes of the interval. He then examines and explains real joinery, building and furnishings making tools. all through, he offers 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 types. It effectively hyperlinks the heritage, craft and development of those vintage masterworks in a stunning quantity of splendor and undying designs. hugely steered interpreting for antiquarians, creditors of 18th Century furnishings, and scholars of 18th Century Americana.
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This kind of sym met ry was imp ortant to William and Mary design and exemplified the logic and order that accompan ied Enlighten ment ideals. 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.
These are known as side-hu ng drawers (see th e bottom dr awin g at left). To accom moda te th e grooves and th e nails, th e dr awer part s needed to be thick. Som e examples have draw er parts as thi ck as I in . Since th e wood of choice was usually oak, th e dr awers were ver y heavy. The mass of th ese thi ck dr awers, along with th at of fram e-and-pan el construction, did not facilita te th e building of tall or delicate furnitu re. By its very st ruc ture, Jacob ean furniture was obliged to maintain th e low, solid and hori zontal format that was indicative of th e style.
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.
American Furniture of the 18th Century History, Technique, and Structure by Jeffrey P. Greene