Original and Modern Polishes

T is necessary for a proper understanding of what is commonly known as original polishes or patina to describe in detail the various processes which English furniture has undergone during the last three centuries. All polishes have primarily a double object, to enhance the appearance of the wood, and to act as a preservative against the ravages of worm, dust, dirt and the like. The earliest polishing known consisted in well oiling the wood with nut or poppy oil, which was sometimes dyed by the...

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Figs. 133, 134, and 135. 'CORNICES FOR 15EDS OR WINDOWS. Plate 107 in all editions of the Guide. Figs. 133, 134, and 135. 'CORNICES FOR 15EDS OR WINDOWS. Plate 107 in all editions of the Guide. Figs. 136, 137, and 138. CORNICES FOR BEDS OR WINDOWS.' The latter part of the eighteenth century was essentially the age of elaborate window cornices and draperies, often carried to such an extreme as to be not only insanitary but unsightly. Six patterns from the Guide are reproduced in Figs. 133 to...

English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century Conclusion

HE history and development of English furniture has now been traced during a period of rather over one hundred years, from 16891795. Beyond this it were idle to go. The depraved taste which could tolerate, and even foster, a style such as the English Empire of Thomas Hope has nothing to render it worthy of being recorded in the same way as the evolution of the eighteenth century furniture has been followed. Perhaps not the least annoying feature of the furniture after 1795 is the fine...

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English Facade

Thomas Sheraton His Style and his Work. HOMAS SHERATON occupies an exceptional position in the history of English furniture, as, although his actual influence on the design of his day was very considerable, he has been popularly credited with so much which really does not belong to him at all. In the case of Thomas Chippendale we had to deal with a fashionable cabinet-maker, well-established, and employing some thirty or forty people in the realisation of his ideas. His published designs...

Gillows of Lancaster and London

HE necessity for devoting a considerable amount of space to the chronicles of the house of Gillow would not have been so urgent were it not necessary to enter into a mass of detail regarding the many inaccurate statements which have been made regarding the old firm. It is hardly fair to blame any person, or persons, in particular, for the genesis and propagation of these fables it is, perhaps, with a house of business more than two centuries old, in the natural order of things that they should...

Mahogany Corner Chair

Ill ins. total width of seat. Seat, I ft. 10 ins. x i ft. 6 ins. of the Edict of Nantes, with which this book commenced. The accession of William the Third, the warfare between the rival East India Companies of England and Holland, the introduction of the Brunswick dynasty from Hanover, and the rise of Robert Adam, are further instances of radical changes in the development of English furniture arising from apparently trivial causes. The event, however, which served to...