By Jeffrey P. Greene
American furnishings of the 18th century is prized for its historic and creative worth by means of museums and creditors, and as a benchmark in layout and craftsmanship through modern day furnishings makers.
In the 1st a part of the publication, Jeffrey Greene chronicles the evolution of the layout and building of 18th-century furnishings, drawing on ancient affects and the tastes of the interval. within the moment half, he explains and illustrates the strategies of the interval furnishings maker, together with joinery and genuine development; carving, turning and inlay; customary completing equipment; and making operating drawings. the ultimate half examines 24 very important unique examples intimately for his or her layout, building and inventive merit.
Written through a certified interval furnishings maker, this publication is meant for somebody with an curiosity in 18th-century furnishings. For antiquarians, it is going to function a close consultant to the furnishings maker's tools. For cabinetmakers of any interval, it will likely be a necessary reference on connoisseurship and historic methods.
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Thi s sha ping imparts to th em an up ward , almost foun ta inlike appeara nce. The mass is counterbalanced, seemi ngly anc ho red, by the large diam eter of th e foot. Th e mass of the case and th e u nifying effect of th e st retc he rs are needed to put th ese legs in context and have th em make sense in relati on to th e wh ole. Th e spectac ular effect of th e legs would be wasted if th ey were used in a context othe r th an to su ppo rt case pieces. MOLDINGS Moldings sho uld also be mentioned as an imp ortant part of orna me ntat ion beginning in th e William and Mar y period .
Th e backs consisted of two vertical st iles, cont inuat ions of th e back legs, with eithe r vert ical bani sters or a nar row pan el of can ing or leath er upholstery. Th e crowning of any of th ese cha irs was a tall and elabora tely carved crest rail. Th ese rails, while taking many forms, carry th e eye upward and emphasize th e height of th e chair. 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.
COURTESY IIISTORIC DEERFIElD) were used any time a compact hori zontal sur face was needed . Within thi s one group th ere is a wide variati on of shape and deta il. Rectan gular, oval and octago nal tops can be found, and th e bases vary from rectilinear form s with gentle turnings to splayed-leg examples with deep and robust leg profiles. Drop-leaf tables Th e drop-leaf gateleg tab le reached its zenith during th e William and Mary period . Used primarily as a dining t able, its gatelegs swung out fro m a cent ral frame to support two leaves (to p ph oto at right).
American furniture of the 18th century by Jeffrey P. Greene