By Frank Farmer Loomis IV

Grasp old kinds Painlessly

Not convinced the right way to inform Chippendale from Queen Anne, or paintings Deco from artwork Nouveau? research the straightforward approach with the author's pleasing sort. Frank Farmer Loomis IV is a professional communicator who understands tips to interact scholars with anecdotes and humor. If you're trying to find transparent, uncomplicated factors instead of unpronounceable phrases like corbeille a fleurs (flower basket) or sang de boeuf (red glaze), you've come to the suitable position, as he'll "demystify the entire puzzling twaddle" for you. And whereas you're studying, notice your antiquing character and the way antiquing can decrease stress.

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Mahogany’s debut marked a crucial turning point, as pieces were being identified more and more by creator rather than monarch. “That chair is by Mr. So-and-So” became the often-heard word-ofmouth advertisement. One particular cabinetmaker whose name was mentioned more than others would eventually achieve legendary status in the world of antiques. Mr. Thomas Chippendale, the superstar of English furniture, was born in Yorkshire around 1718. indd 62 7/22/05 10:35:22 PM at 60 Saint Martin’s Lane. Although the shop no longer exists, an elegant plaque proclaims the master’s former location, near the famous St.

Whether the author used French to establish a certain atmosphere or merely to impress, you’re left perplexed and frustrated. Garth’s Auctions, Inc. Loomism How many of us know that a bureau plat refers to a desk? indd 29 7/28/05 3:15:26 PM 30 | Antiques 101: A Crash Course in Everything Antique Jackson’s International Auctions Unfortunately, French is used extensively in beautiful but impractical coffee table books about antiques. You know the type: the prominently displayed glossy volumes intended to proclaim their owners’ sophistication.

Use of Walnut The Queen Anne cabinetmaker had other tricks in his tool box to make designs appealing. For example, lighter-hued walnut replaced somber oak as the most fashionable wood. While not flamboyant, walnut is always adaptable and serviceable, like blue blazers. A very early English Queen Anne chest of drawers, circa 1720, has glorious walnut veneer. indd 54 7/28/05 3:20:46 PM Queen Anne: Understated Elegance | 55 Later Queen Anne Trademarks The Second Queen Anne Leg Before the 1720s, horizontal wooden braces called stretchers were often placed between delicate cabriole legs for extra reinforcement.

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