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Jacobean Furniture history



In the chapter on "Renaissance" the Great Art revival in England has been noticed; in the Elizabethan oak work of chimney pieces, panelling, and furniture, are to be found varying forms of the free classic style which the Renaissance had brought about. These fluctuating changes in fashion continued in England from the time of Elizabeth until the middle of the eighteenth century, when, as will be shewn presently, a distinct alteration in the design of furniture took place.

Jacobean Furniture history

English Home Life in the Reign of James I.--Sir Henry Wotton quoted - Inigo Jones and his work - Ford Castle - Chimney Pieces in South Kensington Museum - Table in the Carpenters' Hall - Hall of the Barbers' Company- The Charterhouse - Time of Charles I. - -Furniture at Knole - Eagle House, Wimbledon - Mr. Charles Eastlake - Monuments at Canterbury and Westminster - Settles, Conches, and Chairs of the Stuart period - Sir Paul Pindar's House - Cromwellian Furniture - The Restoration - Indo-Portuguese Furniture - Hampton Court Palace-Evelyn's description - The Great Fire of London - Hall of the Brewers' Company - Oak Panelling of the time - Grinling Gibbons and his work - The Edict of Nantes - Silver Furniture at Knole - William III. and Dutch influence - Queen Anne - Sideboards, Bureaus, and Grandfather's Clocks -Furniture at Hampton Court.

In the foregoing chapters an attempt has been made to preserve, as far as possible, a certain continuity in the history of the Jacobean Furniture matter of this work from the earliest times until after the Renaissance had been generally adopted in Europe. In this endeavour a greater amount of attention has been bestowed upon the furniture of a comparatively short period of English history, than upon that of other countries, but it is hoped that this fault will be forgiven by English readers.

It has now become necessary to interrupt this plan, and before returning to the consideration of European design and work, to devote a short chapter to those branches of the Industrial Arts connected with furniture, which flourished in China and Japan, in India, Persia, and Arabia, at a time anterior and subsequent to the Renaissance period in Europe.



















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