Encyclopedia of Furniture Materials, Trades, and Techniques

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Ashgate, 2000 - Crafts & Hobbies - 254 pages
'There is a need for a volume like this one, and I have no doubt that it will become a standard and popular text very rapidly. Clive Edwards is a perfect person to produce this volume. I know of no one in Britain better suited for this task.'Paul Greenhalgh, Head of Research, Victoria & Albert MuseumAn essential work of reference for furniture historians and anyone interested in the fine and decorative arts, the Encyclopedia of Furniture Materials, Trades and Techniques is the first comprehensive account of both historical and modern furniture manufacture. In more than 1700 entries, Clive Edwards brings together information on a wide range of topics, among them, Applied Decoration, Carving, Chair-making, Embroidery, Finishing, Glass, Lacquer, Leather, Paper, Plastics, Timbers, Tools, Trades, Stone, Upholstery, Wicker and Zips.In-depth coverage includes developments in Britain and America, from the Renaissance to the present day. The increasingly international nature of the furniture industry extends this account to include the origin of materials and processes throughout the world.Contemporary descriptions, accounts and inventories provide fascinating context. This highly readable volume offers invaluable insights into the social status of furniture, the economic history of the industry, and the lives of the craftsmen and craftswomen working within it. Many entries are cross-referenced to related topics and include major bibliographical references. The entries are supported by 150 black-and-white illustrations and 24 colour plates.After a successful business career in furniture and interior design, Clive Edwards changed direction and joined the Victoria and Albert Museum/Royal College of Art MA Course in the History of Design. He subsequently received a PhD based on research into the nineteenth-century furniture industry and its technology. Since then he has been a lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies in Art and Design at Loughborough University. He has published widely on many aspects of interior design and furniture history. His own books include Eighteenth-century Furniture, Victorian Furniture, and Twentieth-century Furniture for the series 'Studies in Design and Material Culture'. He was also a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Interior Design, and The Conservation of Furniture and Related Wooden Objects.

Contents

Blackandwhite illustrations 1 Aluminium table and chair Logie G 1947 Furniture from Machines
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Back board of commode c 1773 Courtesy The Lady Lever
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Gallery
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Bedstead c 1903 Courtesy Temple Newsam House Leeds
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Bentwood chair by Samuel Gragg Courtesy Yale University
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Gallery Gift of Mr and Mrs Charles F Montgomery
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Bodger Courtesy High Wycombe Museum
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Printed Book and Periodical Collection
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Minters Hydrostatic water bed c 1840s Private collection
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Cofferers armchair c 1554 The Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral
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RousLench Collection
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Joints Roubo A J 176975 LArt du menuisier en meubles Paris 65 41 Schrenkheisen factory Tibbett E M 1885 Illustrated Catalogue of Parlor Furnitur...
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Demountable screw leg c 1775 Courtesy The Lady Lever Gallery
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Timber yard c 1910 Harris Lebus
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Painted copper panel in commode c 1780 Courtesy The Lady Lever Gallery
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French marquetry donkeys Diderot D 175172 Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences des arts et des métiers
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Roman bronze table Courtesy National Museum of Archaeology Naples
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Burntwood carving The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the Industry of All Nations 1851
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Elm burr veneer Sheridan M ed 1953 The Furnishers Encyclopedia
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Menuisierébéniste cabinetmaker c 167090 Nicolas de LArmessin 16401725
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Cabinetmakers shop c 1910 Harris Lebus
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Preparation of cane Plate 229 Roubo A J 1772 LArt du menuisier en meubles Paris
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Journal 1851 Vegesack A 1996 Thonet
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Chipcarved oak chest late 16th century Courtesy Temple Newsam House Leeds
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Carved bracket by Patent Wood Carving Co The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the Industry of All Nations 1851
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Printed Book and Periodical Collection
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King carving machine Michigan Artizan 1885
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Leatherwheeled castor c 1770 Courtesy The Lady Lever Art Gallery
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Rolledsteel chair frame c 1953 Sheridan M ed 1953 The Furnishers Encyclopedia
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Egyptian wooden chair Courtesy British Museum
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Sweetland
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Minters screw reclining chair c 1845 Private collection
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Chrome plate chairframe Larkman B 1963 Contemporary Design in Metalwork John Murray
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Plastic PVC upholstery c 1974 Toothill Upholstery Ltd
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Printed Book and Periodical Collection
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Farm and Villa Architecture and Furniture
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Chair painted in simulation bamboo c 1770 Victoria and Albert Museum 81
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Detail of Belter sofa Courtesy the Trustees of the Victoria
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Cuir bouilli decorated chair 1851 The Art Journal Illustrated
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Doubleend tenoner c 1947 Logie G 1947 Furniture from
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Marquetry chest of drawers c 1690 Courtesy Christies
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Glass mosaic table The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of
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Papier mâché bedstead panels c 1851 Courtesy Temple Newsam
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Spray polishing in factory c 1950 Courtesy Geffrye Museum 84
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Table with 17thcentury pietre dure set into top c 1867 Courtesy
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Panton plastic chair 1960s Courtesy Yale University Art Gallery
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Horn armchair c 188090 Courtesy Smithsonian Institution 57 Inlaid English oak chest c 1655 Courtesy Temple Newsam House Leeds 101
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Furnishers Encyclopedia
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Bibliography
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