By Jeffrey P. Greene
American furnishings of the 18th century is prized for its historic and inventive worth via museums and creditors, and as a benchmark in layout and craftsmanship by way of modern day furnishings makers.
In the 1st a part of the booklet, Jeffrey Greene chronicles the evolution of the layout and building of 18th-century furnishings, drawing on old affects and the tastes of the interval. within the moment half, he explains and illustrates the innovations of the interval furnishings maker, together with joinery and actual building; carving, turning and inlay; regularly occurring completing tools; and making operating drawings. the ultimate half examines 24 vital unique examples intimately for his or her layout, development and creative merit.
Written via a certified interval furnishings maker, this ebook is meant for an individual with an curiosity in 18th-century furnishings. For antiquarians, it is going to function a close advisor to the furnishings maker's tools. For cabinetmakers of any interval, will probably be an important reference on connoisseurship and ancient methods.
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Groove for runner Applied molding Drawer bottom nailed on bottom s and backs were often nailed in place, as were hin ges and any othe r hard ware th at was attac hed. Until near t he end of th e century, dr awers were also na iled together (see th e top dra win g at left) . Th e sides were nailed to th e front and back, and th e bottom was nailed on as well. The standa rd method of suspe nding a drawer in a case was to have a groove cut along th e cente r of th e drawe r side from fro nt to back, wh ich rode on two runners nailed to th e inside of th e case.
Like the t urnings on case pieces, th e legs requ ired st retc hers to t ie th em toget her. On chairs and tables, these stretchers were usually turned to famili ar William and Mary profil es and tenoned int o leg mortises. HIGH CHEST OF ORAWERS . N EW ENGLAND . PROBABLY Decorative Elements MASSACHUSETTS, 1700 - 1725 . The decorative details of William and Mary designs fall into three main catego ries: the use of figur ed veneers, deep carving and dramatic turnings. Figur ed veneers allowed the cabinet makers of th e period to achieve striking surfaces but necessitated th e use of varnishes to protect and enhance th e wood.
N EW ENGLAND . PROBABLY Decorative Elements MASSACHUSETTS, 1700 - 1725 . The decorative details of William and Mary designs fall into three main catego ries: the use of figur ed veneers, deep carving and dramatic turnings. Figur ed veneers allowed the cabinet makers of th e period to achieve striking surfaces but necessitated th e use of varnishes to protect and enhance th e wood. Carving, in the manner of Gibbons, becam e an important embellishme nt for chairs. Th e highly figured veneer of this piece is its most important decorative element.