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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... Braced-back, Bow, Mahogany-arm Windsor Condition: Fine; slight cut on feet. Merit: High. The seat is excellent and of the early type. The turnings, however, of the spindles are done in a lathe and not by hand. Turnings of legs good, not the best. Date: Middle period. Occurrence: Unusual in so good a form. Owned by Wallace Nutting, Cutler-Bartlet House, Newburyport, Mass. This chair never appears in the generous bigness of the great old comb-backs, but is very convenient for moving about. It shows the refinement of fanciful turnings in the spindles, which never appears in early examples. This type of concaved turning below the vase is said to indicate a Rhode Island origin, but the good effect is here lost by the cutting off of the feet. It is a curious question how the spindles of this chair were turned as the outside ones in the back were pipe stems. They could only have been done by a patient person who was willing to support his work by at least two back rests. The brace spindles are too small to be of much use. Yet there is so much springiness of the back that it has held firmly together. The attachment of the arms to the bow in this style is not structurally good, there being no manner of holding the end wood securely. Round-back Arm Chair with Comb Condition: Rockers not original. Seat strengthened by battens; one arm restored. Merit: Chiefly in its peculiarities. The arms carry a continuation of the bead on the bow. The comb is arched, and nearly follows the line of the bow back. The spindles are brought down to a small diameter below the swell. Turnings, bamboo style. Date: Late. Occurrence: Rare, as regards the shape of arms and bow. Owned by Arthur Leslie Green, Newport, R. I. Chairs having a comb above a bow like the above are...
This book, "A catalogue Of part of the superlatively elegant and magnificent Household furniture," by Fonthill, is a replication of a book originally published before 1801. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.
The esteemed collectors Laurence and Patrick Seguin first discovered the work of Jean Prouve in the late 1980s, and were quick to embrace his entire aesthetic vision, from architectural design to furniture. "There is no difference between constructing a piece of furniture and constructing a building," Prouve once famously said, and the Seguins have modeled their collection around his stance, becoming major advocates and disseminators of his work in France. This gorgeously produced volume, which presents the Seguins' Prouve collection for the first time, consequently provides a comprehensive overview of their holdings. An entire chapter is devoted to Prouve works at the Seguins' Paris residence. Other sections include an examination of Prouve's relevance to contemporary art; a chapter on Prouve's Aluminum Metropole House, a structure that exemplifies the brilliance of Prouve's architectural work; and a survey of around 40 pieces, most of which are prototypes or rarities, from the armchair designed for the University of Nancy in 1932, to the light armchair created for the University of Antony in 1954, to the African furniture. These are supplemented by archival documents (sketches, models, photographs, etc. and detailed analysis. Also included is a wealth of photo-documentation of the exhibition this volume accompanies, held at the famous former Fiat building in Turin, Italy--once described by Le Corbusier as "one of the most impressive sights in industry" and recently rebuilt into a modern shopping/cultural complex by Renzo Piano, a longstanding admirer of Prouve.Equally admired for his work in furniture, metalwork and architecture, Jean Prouve (1901-1984) is one of the most influential designers of the early modern design movement. His innovative chairs, desks, lamps and shelves have long been collector's items.