Furniture Treasury by Wallace Nutting

By Wallace Nutting

This gorgeous booklet has 548 pages which are packed with one thousand illustrations, together with sketches with dimensions, of assorted interval furnishings and comprises many comparisons of info akin to varied furnishings toes, a number of clock fingers, forms of spindles, and so on. It has sections on kinds of furnishings, accumulating, labels, reproductions, beds, finishes, costs, manufacture, woods, and lots more and plenty extra. It additionally has a bit on clockmakers, a furnishings index, and an appendix for crude do-it-yourself furnishings.

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Scatter" rugs are always bad. They ought to be called spatter rugs. These are never harmonious with one another and have no old precedent. Two rugs for an oblong room should be the limit. A large number of rugs are restless in aspect and influence. They are cunningly recommended because they are available in immense numbers. Windows are an admirable provision for admitting light, though this fact is often forgotten. Therefore keep the draperies light and lacy. If one needs to exclude the sun, recessed windows with solid shutters are correct.

The steeple type of bras~ andirons, with shovel and tongs to match, and brass jamb hooks for them to rest against are proper. , are later and do not agree well with eighteenth-century furniture. A mantel of the middle third quarter of the eighteenth century is more difficult to find than the omnipresent Sheraton mantel. Therefore a new properly early style mantel is better than one that is old but later. Rugs, always, never carpets. These rugs may be Turkish unless that rare thing, a large and tastefully colored drawn-in rug is available.

A feature of the straight Chippendale leg is that the inside corner is very generously chamfered away. The purpose was to give lightness of appearance. Of course the chamfer begins just below the frame, so that it does not at all weaken the chair. The neglect of this chamfer is a radical departure from st yle. It often cuts away a quarter to a third of the adjoining sides of the post. kJ ~o~ ~o. ~ ~H 97 98 99 ( 43 ) 0 eJ] 100 ios 102 101 104. It seems necessary here to introduce a few special legs.

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