Upholstered Furniture of the Lady Lever Art Gallery

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The 18th-century furniture in the collection of Liverpool's Lady Lever Art Gallery, the gift of Sir William Lever (1851-1925), is one of the most extensive in the world. This catalog deals with those pieces designed for human support, such as chairs, stools, and beds. Working with a remarkably complete documentation of background for the items in the collection, Wood (senior curator, furniture, textiles, & fashion, Victoria & Albert Museum) meticulously examines techniques of carving and design, newly emerging in this period, as well as the entire structure and organization of the 18th-century furniture industry. The catalog covers furniture types; timbers, both primary and secondary; upholstery design and material; dimensions; inventory numbers of the collection; marks and/or inscriptions and labels; orientation (from the spectator's viewpoint); a detailed description of the construction of each piece; and the stain and surface finishes. The accompanying essays include some theorizing about changes made over the years in restoration, replication, and repair. Appendixes, concordances, a glossary, and more conclude the second volume of this imposing and highly recommended publication.
—Paula Frosch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300111316
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Pages: 1200

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