Book of American Windsor Furniture; Styles and Technologies

Book of American Windsor Furniture; Styles and Technologies

by John Kassay
     
 

Combining comfort, simplicity, and craftsmanship, Windsor chairs have long been prized by collectors. Introduced from England in the early 1700s, the Windsor style took hold in America first as seating for the well-to-do and later as the favorite chair of the general population. Included in the Windsor family are stools, tables, settees, high chairs, cradles, and… See more details below

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Combining comfort, simplicity, and craftsmanship, Windsor chairs have long been prized by collectors. Introduced from England in the early 1700s, the Windsor style took hold in America first as seating for the well-to-do and later as the favorite chair of the general population. Included in the Windsor family are stools, tables, settees, high chairs, cradles, and candle stands, but the greatest variety is found in the chairs, which range from comb-back to bow-back to step-down versions. Their makers took advantage of the natural properties of different woods for particular components of the chairs, employing hickory, red oak, or ash for bent parts, maple for turnings, and pine for seats. Kassay meticulously documents all of these features and styles with drawings so accurate and precise that amateur furniture makers can use them as blueprints for creating Windsor reproductions. The drawings are complemented by narrative descriptions, photographs, and a list of measured parts for each of the pieces under discussion.

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Booknews
Contains photographs and descriptions of 198 pieces of Windsor furniture; also contains detailed technical drawings of the various types of chairs and other assorted pieces, which can be used as blueprints to create reproductions. The drawings are accompanied by narrative descriptions and lists of measured parts for each piece. 9.25x12.25" . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The Magazine Antiques
Both a connoisseur's book and a cabinetmaker's book

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ISBN-13:
9781558491373
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
195
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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