Third Edition Practically rewritten





Printed in Great Britain Uy MESSRS. Hudsox & KEARNS, Hatfield Street. London, S.K. I,


The welcomes extended to the earlier editions of this handbook lead me to hope that in its amended form it may be found to be of greater usefulness. Where space is limited and the field of study wide, the choice of suitable illustrations becomes difficult. To be really useful the handbook must not only show fine and rare examples of great value, but it must exhibit specimens such as come on the market to-day ; such, too, as the collector of limited means may hope to acquire. The terms " fine " and " rare " are not necessarily synonymous even when applied to furniture which is tempting to illustrate. Simple or " problem" pieces may possess an interest altogether disproportionate to their value when this is expressed in monetary terms.

It will be realised that in one small volume one cannot show a comprehensive range of the models fashioned by our earlier craftsmen; it would, for instance, be impossible to give a complete range of Charles II. " Queen Anne," or Chippendale specimens together with the relative letterpress. In these circumstances illustrations of the more ordinary types and with which the young collector is already conversant have largely been dispensed with in favour of " key," u transitional," or 44 problem " pieces possessing a greater educational value. In so far as has proved possible the duplication of types has been avoided, each example showing some feature of interest.

I am particularly indebted to Mr. D. A. F. Wetherfield for the fine series of long-cased clocks he has kindly allowed me to illustrate from his collection, and to Mr. Frank

Partridge and to Mr. C. J. Charles for the rare and beautiful examples of furniture which thev have permitted me to illustrate from their Galleries. 1 owe much to Mr. R. S. Clouston for valuable information culled from his masterly writings on eighteenth-century furniture, and to Miss Constance Simon for dates, addresses, &c., which that lady unravelled from various sources and published in her 41 English Furniture Designers of the Eighteenth Century."

I am indebted, too, to all those gentlemen who have lent me illustrations and otherwise assisted me in my work- G. O. W.



  1. Periods and Dating ... i
  2. Condition and Patination . . 12
  3. Notes on Old Woods . . . 17
  4. Buying, Collecting, and Allocating

Origin 28

  1. Gothic and Tudor 40
  2. Elizabethan 78
  3. Jacobean hi
  4. Lacquered Furniture . . .187
  5. Queen Anne 206 X. Grinling Gibbons — The Georgian

Period . . . . . 230 XI. William Kent and Hogarthian

Furniture 249

  1. The Coming of Mahogany . . 269
  2. Chippendale 281
  3. Chippendale (continued) . . . 403 XV. The Brothers Adam . . . .427
  4. The Brothers Adam (<continued) . . 442
  5. " Gillows " 484

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  1. llEPPLKWHlTE 493
  2. The Seddons 509
  3. Sheraton 516
  4. Upholstery Materials . . 56r
  5. Miscellanea 569

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