American Furniture of the 18th Century History, Technique, by Jeffrey P. Greene
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 examine of kinds, makers and interval tools produces a unprecedented mixture of historical past and process that's bursting with details and perception. eco-friendly first presents a complete survey of layout and development in line with the ancient impacts and tastes of the interval. He then examines and explains real joinery, development and furnishings making tools. all through, he offers 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, building 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 kinds. It effectively hyperlinks the background, craft and building of those vintage masterworks in a stunning quantity of splendor and undying designs. hugely steered studying for antiquarians, creditors of 18th Century furnishings, and scholars of 18th Century Americana.
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Thi s arrangeme nt gives th e visual suggest ion of height and, from a practical aspect, puts th e sma ller and light er dr awers at th e top of th e case. It was sta ndard form to have two or three sm all d rawers in th e top row, wh ich could be rem oved from th e case to view th e conte nts. The base of th e high chest is somewhat more complicated. Th e case itself is in proportion to wh at wou ld have been th e next drawer down from th e upper case, and th erefore cont inues th e arit hmetic progression from th e top.
Spindle turnings, which are found on table legs and st retc hers, are inh erently thin and of shallow profil e (top photo at left) . Their turned designs are frequ ently symmetrical about the midpoint and include rings and greatly elongated vasiform shapes. C hair and gateleg-table components show a greate r degree of sophist icat ion with deeper turned profil es and mor e complicated shapes (top photo at right). These shapes could be a combinat ion of any number of elements from a sta ndard grou p th at includes beads and rings, vase shapes, cylind rical cu ps and tulip forms.
Th e moldings at the top and bottom were nailed in place on th e sides and front. Ball feet, if th ey were included, were fastened with a round tenon, turned as part of th e foot, glued and inserted int o a hole drill ed int o th e case bottom . The use of attac hed parts, like moldin gs and feet , seems to reflect an increased acceptanc e of glue and nails, which were no doubt more readi ly available and of better qu ality than th ey had been in th e previou s centu ry. In Jacobean form s, both moldin gs and feet tend ed to be built int o th e st ructure of th e piece, which limit ed th eir use as visually important components of th e overall design.