Made to Order: George Thwaites and Sons, Colonial Cabinetmakers

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NewSouth Publishing, 2017 - Cabinetmakers - 272 pages
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From majestic carved chairs and handsome cedar desks inMelbourne's banks to grand bookcases in country mansions andstately furniture still housed in Victoria's Government Housetoday, Made to Order celebrates the furniture made by GeorgeThwaites and his sons.

For three decades following the discovery of gold, Melbourne gave riseto gothic-revival style buildings, and foremost in furnishing these newgovernment and commercial buildings - and the homes of the well-heeled- was the cabinet work of Geo. Thwaites & Son. This book illuminates thelives of not only the owners but the artisans, whose contribution to thefabric of colonial and Victorian society has been largely overlooked.

Made to Order provides a fascinating insight into colonial Melbourne andfeatures an extraordinary range of furniture that provides a testament tothe quality of the Thwaites' workmanship. 


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