A contemporary of Duncan Phyfe, French-born New York cabinet maker Charles-Honore Lannuier (1779-1819) was a leading figure in the development of a distinctive and highly refined furniture style in the Late Federal period. This study of Lannuier's life and work discusses his family and origins in France, his clients, and his work. Approximately 275 illustrations, 100 in full color.
A major refernce work for collectors and historians, and a highly readable study for a general audience, this is the first book about painted furniture in Canada and the first broad examination of furniture from French Canada in over three decades.
"Lavishly illustrated … an invaluable book."—Antique CollectorThe Art Deco movement, which swept through Europe and the United States in the early twentieth century, signaled the beginning of the modern age of design. This dazzling and distinctive style, with its emphasis on up-to-date individuality combined with good taste, fine materials, and exquisite workmanship, soon created new standards in furniture design, architecture, and the decorative arts. In furniture especially, the French predominated, from the virtuoso cabinet-making of Ruhlman to the brilliant originality of Gray and Legrain.
This is a guide for people who buy and sell silver coins—on eBay, on other Internet websites, at coin shows or coin stores, or elsewhere. It is intended for those who buy or sell coins based on their investment value, rather than their design or scarcity. This book displays the bullion value of silver coins for every world nation and year of origin between 1800 and 2000. An alphabetical listings of countries and denominations (and sometimes a simple addition), shows the base value of any common silver coin. This is vital information, because many current coin guides have not recalculated bullion values, and continue to estimate coin value based on silver prices from a time when it was worth only a fraction of today's value.
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In the following notes I have attempted to give the reader some descriptions of the various kinds of furniture, made in different countries, from the sixteenth to the middle of the nineteenth century, omitting the earlier periods. As examples of the latter are seldom seen except in museums, they are, for all practical purposes, unobtainable by the collector of ordinary means.
I have tried to convey by explanatory hints and suggestions, advice which may enable the reader to select the example of the period he is in search of, and avoid the imitation and the sham.
The information given in this book is more elementary and practical, than theoretical and historical ; therefore but little has been said of those magnificent pieces de luxe which are only to be purchased by the millionaire collector, and more attention has been devoted to the domestic furniture of the last three hundred years, which so many persons of taste in these latter days like to see represented among their household gods.
A liberal supply of illustrations to these notes should render them intelligible and useful, and help the readers to have about them some old furniture of which they can tell the origin, the country, and date of manufacture, and in many cases assist them to identify a favorite specimen as the work of an individual maker.
In order that the collector may be able to compare the illustration of a particular specimen with the article itself, the half-tone blocks are, with few exceptions, produced from photographs of examples available to the public in the Victoria and Albert Museum of South Kensington, and to the Science and Art Department, controlling that useful national collection, my grateful acknowledgements are tendered for the generous permission to use Museum photographs.
The glossary of terms used in connection with furniture, many of which have peculiar and technical meanings not to be found in the dictionary, but constantly occurring in catalogues and written descriptions of old furniture, will, it is hoped, be of service to the reader.
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