Chairs: a history

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Abrams, 2006 - Antiques & Collectibles - 430 pages
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Henry David Thoreau wrote, I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. In Chairs: A History, furniture historian Florence de Dampierre presents a wonderfully readable and visually stunning exploration of chairs and their place in culture through the ages. Along with hundreds of gorgeous photographsmany taken specifically for this bookde Dampierre fills these pages with fascinating information and anecdotes, tracing the chairs emergence in ancient Egypt and examining various forms of seating from classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Renaissance era, to the classic designs of today.

From thrones to divans, straightbacked to overstuffed, Baroque to Bauhaus, this beautiful volume will delight anyone whos ever taken a seat and wondered where it came from. Henry David Thoreau wrote, I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. In Chairs: A History, furniture historian Florence de Dampierre presents a wonderfully readable and visually stunning exploration of chairs and their place in culture through the ages. Along with hundreds of gorgeous photographsmany taken specifically for this bookde Dampierre fills these pages with fascinating information and anecdotes, tracing the chairs emergence in ancient Egypt and examining various forms of seating from classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Renaissance era, to the classic designs of today.

From thrones to divans, straightbacked to overstuffed, Baroque to Bauhaus, this beautiful volume will delight anyone whos ever taken a seat and wondered where it came from.

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Contents

cHkirs in the ancient world china africa
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medieval renaissance ckfars 50
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chaiw in the nineteenth century
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About the author (2006)

Decorator and furniture historian Florence de Dampierre is the author of several books, including "The Best Painted Furniture", as well as numerous articles on period furniture. She lives in Litchfield, CT.

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