Contents

CHAPTER I

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The Middle Asms 1-29

Ecclesiastical Art— W OO' 1 -carving and Carvers- Primiti ve Character of the Furniture of Castles and Man .ions- -Huchier^—Menuisiers— A Typical Bedroom -Dinandcne -Wood-work and panelling—Chest, banc, ba/iut, sideboard, dressoir, credence, table and chair—Embroideries—Definition of Chambre—Textiles and Taper-tries—Ecclesiastical Hanging-.—Tape ¡try-weavers—Tapestry of Philip the Boll — Flemish Looms—Cordovan and llemish Lfather^—Gold ;mith'j Work—Glass and Glass-workers—Guilds of St. I-uke.

CHAPTER II

The Burgundian Period 31-62

The luxurious I>ukes of Burgundy—Possessions ol the House of Burgundy—The Burgundian Court—Household of Philip the Goo 1— the Feast of the Pheasant- -the Duke of Burgundy at the Coronation of Louis XI—.\rras Tapestries—Sumptuous Dressoirs and their Adornments—Celebration« in honour of the Knights of the Golden Fleece—Luxurj of Ctarles the Bold -Charles the Bold at Trêve;,— Furnishing > of the Abbey of Saint liaximm—Charles the Bold's Second Maxriagf—Furnishings of the Banque tir g Hill at Bruges— Descriptions by Olivier de la Marche—Ahènor of Poitiers' Descriptions of the Furniture of the Duchess of Burgundy's Apartments— Rich Dressoirs—the Drogeoir and its Etiquette—the Etiquette of the Escarbeau-— Philip the Bold's Artisan-,—Flemish Carving—the F-'rme or Banc—Burgundian Workmanship—Ecclesiastical Work— Noted Carvers—Furniture of the Period—the " Golden Age of Tapestry"—Embroideries—Tapestry weavers of the low C-ountries —Introduction oi Itali;in cartoons—Goldsmiths' Work—Furniture of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries.

CHAPTER III

The Renaissance: P\rt I 63-96

Dawn of the Renaissance—The Transitional Period—Colfers and Bahuts—Court of Margaret of Austria—Peireal's Style—Margaret's Tomb by Perréal—Taste of the Regent—Margaret'- Tapestries, ix

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Carpets, Table-covcrs and Cushions—Her Curios—Flemish Tapestries — ■Cartoons by Bernard van Orley—Willi im de Pannemaker— English Tapestries—Last Days of the Gothic Style—Guyot Je Beau-grant, Lancelot Blended and Teter 1'ourbu,—Stalls in the Groote Kerk, Dordrecht —C 'arvings in Haarlem- -Invasion of the Renaissance —Walnut, the favouiite Wood for Furniture and Carving —Versatility of the Artists—the Fleming as Emigrant—the Renaissance in Burgundy—Hugues Sarabin—Sebastian Serlio—Peter Co<=ck of Alost— Pupils of Peter (x>eck--Lambert I ombard—Francis Floris, the " Hemiih Raphael "- -the Craze for Numismatics—Hubert Goltzius —Cabinets of the Sixteenth Century—Italian Furniture—Characteristic Features of Renai sance llirnituie—Ornaments, the Arabesque, Pila-ter, Cartouche, Cuirs, Banderole and Caryatid—Publications of I »erorative Design—Alaert Claes, Lucas van Loyden, Cornelis Bos and Martin van Heemskerck.

CHAPTER IV

The Renaissance : Part II 1)7-129

Second Period of the Renaissance—Court of Miry of Hungary— Charles V a Fleming —Innuence of Burgundian Court in Spiin— Gilded Leather—Wealth of the Nobles in the Netherlands— Margaret of Valois at Namur—Antwerp in the Sixteenth Century—Christopher I "Ian tin -Cornelis and James Floris—Jerome Cock—Hans and Faul de Vnes—Jacques van Noye—famous Designers—Characteristics of tae Second Period of the Renaissance —Bedsteads, Tables and Chairs, Armoires, Cabinets and Chest .—Porcel lin, Glass and Glass Cupboards—Windows and Glass-painters—Guicciardini on the Artists of the I,ow Countries—Paul de Vries—Crispin de Passe the Elder—the Collaerts—Wood-carving- -Music and Musical Injtru ments.

CHAPTER V

stventeemh century (flemish)

Renewed Italian Influence—Rubens : his Studio, his House, his Pupils, his Influence, his Successors—Seventeenth Century Wood-carvers—Development and Tendencies of Furniture—Crispin van den Passe—Rembrandt's Goods and Chattels—Old Belgian Houses —The Pitseml ourg- -Kitchen ;—Leather-hangings—Tapestry — Marquetry--Chairs—Masters 01 Ornamental Design—The "Auricular Style."

CHAPTER VI

Seventeenth Century ^Dutch) ... . 109-202

Famous Dutch Architects-The Roy.il Palace on the Dam, Ilet Loo, The Mauntshuis and Huis Ten Bosch—Interior Carvings—

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Specimens ol Rooms. and Ceilings in the Rijks Museum—Love of the Dutch for their Houses—Miniature Dutch Houses and Models of Old Amsterdam Houses in the Rijts Museum—Architecture of the Seventeenth Century—A Typical Dutch Home—The Luifel, Voor-huis and Comptoir—Interior Décorations and Furniture—Dutch iLnia for Cleaning—Descriptions by Travellers of Drtch Houses ¿nd Cleaning—Cleaning Utensils—House and Furniture of Andreas Hul-tman Janz, in Dordrecht—Inventory of Gertrude -van Mierevelt, wife of the painter, in Delft—" Show-Rooms " and their Furnishings—Cooking Utsnsils- Bedroom in the House of Mrs. Lidia van der Dussen in Dordrecht—The Cradle and " Fire-Basket "—The Baby's Silver—The " Bride's Basket "—The " Bride's Crown " and "Throne"—Decorationr for a Wedding—-Description by Sir John Tower 01 the Farewell Entertainment to Charles II at the Hagu...

CHAPTER VII

The Importance of Porc.fiain 203-235

Rise of Dutch Taste in Decorative Art—Influence of Foreign Trade, intne Dutch Home—Accounts of Porcelain by Mediaeval Travellers: Edrisi, I'un Batuta and Shah Rukh—Quotation from Pigapheta— A Great Europein Colli ction—Monopoly of Trade by the Portuguese-Quotation from Pyrari de Laval—Portuguese Carracks—Voyages to Goa a.nd Japan- Porcelain and Cabinets—Mendoza's Description ot Earthenware—Dutch and English Merchants—Presents to Quesn Elizabeth—Dutch Expeditions and Establishment of the Dutuh East India Company- Embassy to the Emperor of China in 11555 —Descriptions of the Manufacture of Porcelain—Manufacture and Potters of Delft—Quotation from d'EntreCOlles on Porcelain and Oriental Trade—Trices—Tea—Tea-dnnkmg—A Dutch Poet on the Tea-table—Chrestina de RidJer's Porcelain—Prices of Porcelain in

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CHAPTER VIII The Di tch Home 237-270

Love 01 porcelain—The Am sterdam Mart—Prices of China in 1615— Oriental wares before 1520—Luxurv of the Dutch Colonist ;—Rich Burghers in New Amsterdam—Inventories of Margarita van Yanck and Jacob de Lange—Dutch Merchants in the East—foreign Views of Dutch Luxury—Dutch Interiors after the Great and Little Masters—Ilouse-furni King by a young married couple—The Linen Chest—Clothes Chests and Cupboards—The Great Kas — Hie Cabinet—The Toilet— Tabie-covers—Foot-warmers—Looking-glasses —Bedsteads—Tables and Chair?—Wosds—Kitchen Utensils—Silverware- -Household Pets.

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CHAPTER IX

Dutch Furniture under French and Oriental Influence 271-293

The Dutch Craftsmen in the Employ of Louis XIV —Huguenot Emigration—Marot—The Sopha—Upholstery— The Bed—Chairs—Sconces —Tables—Rooms—English and Dutch Alliances—Hampton Court— Queen Mary—Looking-glasses —(chandeliers — ■ (Chimney pieces —The style refuRii—John Hervey's Purchases —Oriental Furniture manufacture! after European Pattern3- -Complaints of Home Manufacturers— Trade with the Indies- -" Prince Butler's Tale "—Enormous Importa tionis--Imported Textiles—Foreign Textiles for Upholstery.

C HAPTER X

Furniture of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 295-327

Lacquer—Oriental Methods—European Importations and Limitations- -Pries—An Ambassador's Report—Singerie, Chinotseric and Rncaille— The Dutch Decadence—Interiors of Cornells 1 roost-Mirrors Wealth and Luxury of Dutch Merchants—Court Contrasts —Tapestry—Brussels as a Centre of Art and Luxury—Eighteenth Century Furniture—The Fmpire Style in the Low Countries — Dutch Homes of the Nineteenth Century—The Maarken House and Furniture—Typical Farmhouse and Furniture—Country Seats and Town Houses--Ilindeloopen Houses and Furniture—A Friesland House—Canal Boat Furniture- -Dutch Love or Symmetry— Collectors and Olleitions.

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