The Story of English Furniture - Bernard PriceBritish Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC], 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.
Contains a glossary of terms. 2nd printing. [First Published: 1978] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “This book was written to accompany the BBC television series The Story of English Furniture. While it may be used as a work of reference it can also be read from cover to cover as a story — a story which embraces social history, discovery, craftsmanship and achievement.
The development of English craftsmanship and design is traced from the days of the anonymous medieval joiner through the era of the cabinet maker and the work of Chippendale, Hepplewhite and their contemporaries in the ‘Golden Age of English Furniture’ up to the present century.
It is perhaps because furniture forms part of the backcloth to our everyday experience that its evolution and design is frequently taken for granted. The Story of English Furniture seeks to explain the designs of different periods and to create further interest in the appreciation of the English heritage.
The book demonstrates how architecture and furniture design have been firmly linked through the centuries, from the oak refectory table of the medieval hall to the unit furniture of the twentieth century town house. We see how methods of construction, available timber, shape and decorative features may assist in dating and identifying individual pieces. We are also made aware that conflicts have arisen from the introduction of machinery into what was previously the domain of the individual craftsman, but that in the modern world an intelligent use of machinery is essential in order to satisfy mass demand.
Above all, the book provides clear evidence that the quality of design and craftsmanship of each age is directly related to the interest and demands of the customer.”