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BRITISH FURNITURE 1600-2000

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Published on Dec 14, 2012

BRITISH FURNITURE 1600-2000
DR CLIVE EDWARDS ET AL Book Number: 71479 Product format: Hardback

Illustrated with stunning photography, this book for "the intelligent layperson" covers English furniture styles in six different periods. Each section focuses on seven or eight master creators who represent the taste, fashion and craftsmanship of the era. Austere 17th century Puritan style is contrasted with an elaborate marquetry writing desk of Gerrit Jensen from the Queen's collection. William Kent represents the high Baroque, for instance with his monumental gilded tables for Lord Burlington's Chiswick House, while the later 18th century saw the restrained elegance of Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton. The Victorian Gothic revival led by Pugin and Burges was associated with the same respect for craftsmanship that inspired the Arts and Crafts Movement and the creations of Morris and Co., which often had painted decoration in the medieval style. Inside the home the Japanese-inspired work of Christopher Dresser was fashionable, notably his textiles and his domestic utensils such as toast racks, letter racks and, pictured here, a dynamic watering can which could belong to the 21st century. In the 20th century manufacturers such as Heal, Gillow, Ercolani and G-Plan sought to maintain the values of craftsmanship while bringing modern designs to a much wider market. Robin Day's streamlined seating produced by Hille & Co. includes the familiar pressed steel bench widely used in the London Underground System. Finally John Makepeace's arresting designs have led a recent craft revival. 352pp, superbly illustrated in colour.
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £15.00

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