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English Vernacular Furniture, 1750-1900

Christopher Gilbert



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Yale University Press
12 June 1991
Decorative arts; Antique furniture & furniture collecting
In this book, an analysis of English vernacular furniture, Christopher Gilbert demonstrates that common furniture possesses as much interest as fashionable pieces made for country houses. Gilbert investigates over 20 well-defined vernacular subgroups including furniture made for workhouses, schools, prisons, Quaker meetinghouses, army barracks, alehouses, lunatic asylums, shops, railway premises, and ships. He also discusses such facets of vernacular furniture making as regional differences in the production of chairs and beds; mainstream cottage and farmhouse domestic furniture; and traditional straw and wicker crafts. Although Gilbert's main focus is on the English vernacular tradition, he also touches on furniture from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. He makes use of provincial Books of Prices and various Parliamentary Reports on living conditions that often contain first hand evidence about domestic interiors. The book is aimed at collectors, historians, dealers and the general reader.
By:   Christopher Gilbert
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 288mm,  Width: 253mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   1.698kg
ISBN:   9780300047622
ISBN 10:   0300047622
Pages:   302
Publication Date:   12 June 1991
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Traditional crafts and native timbers; country joiners; provincial price books; farmhouses and cottages; urban working class homes; regional chairmaking traditions; regional beds; alehouses, inns and tavens; schools; back-stairs country house furniture; workhouses; houses of correction, bridwells and prisons; lunatic asylums and hospitals; almshouses; Quaker meeting houses; Nonconformist chapels; factories and workshops; offices; shops; corn exchanges; railway buildings; army barracks; bothies and chaumiers; mine shops; staw furniture; wicker furniture; children's furniture; ships; caravans, narrow boats and living vans; ducking stools; cricket and tennis; soup kitchens; auction rooms; undergraduates' rooms.

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