End Of The Pure Jacobean

English Jacobean Furniture

TWO matters influenced greatly the furniture makers of the middle of the seventeenth century. And these had less to do with kings and courts than with humble folk. One was the invention of a saw, the kind of a saw that would divide a plank into as many thin sheets of wood as were desired. Naturally, those who looked upon these thin sheets imagined new ways of using them for the embellishment of furniture. Heavy carving had been almost the only ornament when inch-thick planks were the usual...

James I Crowned

Early Tudor Portraits Four Poster Bed

WHEN a passion for collecting antique furniture first swept America, and prizes were plucked from attics, cellars and old barns, the eagle eye of the amateur sought only those fine pieces that were made in the age of mahogany and satin-wood. Every piece was dubbed Colonial with rash generalisation until the time when a little erudition apportioned the well-made distinctive furniture to its proper classes. Then every person of culture became expert on eighteenth century furniture, and the names...

Jacobean Styles To Charles Ii

Jacobean Furniture

BRUTALLY natural we may call the earlier characters in English history, but attached to the Stuart name there is always poetic romance. And without romance what would our lives be So when we sit in our loved library or dining-room at home, embellished by a few bits of furniture such as the Stuarts lived among, those bits are like consolidated stories, things to dream about in the hours of ease. James I and his son Charles cared about things they lived with, and cared, too, about giving them as...

William And Mary

William And Mary Furniture Design

HE style named for William and Mary em braces all the changes that occurred from late Carolean days until the time of Anne, and even includes some of the models and details that are given the name of that queen. Dutch influence comes largely into both, but was stronger in the style known as Queen Anne's. Mixed up with other influences were those not only of Holland but of the countries with which her political life was concerned. Spain contributed certain details, and as for the Dutch...

Carolean Styles Or The Restoration

Carolean Late Jacobean Style Chairs

IF it was to the Queen of Charles II that the Carolean period of furniture owed its Portuguese strain and the evidence of strange things from the East, it was from a woman of quite another sort that the predominating influence came. French styles were the vogue at court, not because the Queen, poor dull woman, wished it, but because Louise de Querouailles was the strong influence, and with her advent came follies and fashions enough to please the light side of one of the lightest of mon-archs....