By Jeffrey P. Greene
American furnishings Of The 18th Century bridges the distance among the artwork 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 finished survey of layout and development in accordance with the ancient impacts and tastes of the interval. He then examines and explains actual 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 vital examples with a dialogue in their layout, development and creative benefit. 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 development of those vintage masterworks in a gorgeous quantity of beauty and undying designs. hugely urged analyzing for antiquarians, creditors of 18th Century furnishings, and scholars of 18th Century Americana.
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In American furniture, the William and Mary style first appeared toward the end of the 17th cent u ry and dominated th e first qu arter of th e 18th centu ry, roughly from 1690 to 1725. 18 C II A P T E R TW O The Convergence of Design and Technique Som e detail s of the William and Mary style can be tra ced to specific origins. Spanish feet, delicate turnings and th e colonnaded bases of high chests were Moorish in nature, and ind icate the influence of England's connect ions with Portugal. Scrolled legs, trumpet and ball turnings, and inverted cu p-shaped turnings used for legs can be tra ced directly to Dutch and earlier French designs.
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. A cross banding, a st rip cut at 90 to th e grain, was somet imes used in conju nct ion with th e herringbon e inlay.
Previously, th e fun ction of desks to sto re papers had been given to document boxes, sometimes with sloping lids, th at were portable and used on tabletops. The new desk was an integration of a chest of drawers with a slanted front th at folded down to become a writing su rface. It is likely th at th e slant-fron t desk evolved fro m a small number of bureau-eabin ets th at were made before th e turn of th e centu ry. Th ese pieces were cabinets of many small DESK . BOSTON , 1700-1725. William and Mary desks used most of the same ornamental andconstruction details as chests of the period.