The Art of the Cabinet: Including a Chronological Guide to Styles

The Art of the Cabinet: Including a Chronological Guide to Styles

1992 UK

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This book fills a void in the literature of furniture collecting, namely the history of the Table Cabinet, a type of furniture which has been given little attention in other furniture books. The first two thirds of the book is a well balanced mix of text and incredible photos of Table Cabinets, beginning with antiquity and going up to the present day. The latter part of the book is a chronological presentation of photos showing basic types as well as variations and the overall development of the form. There is some digression into more traditional types of furniture such as the traditional English and American Secretaire forms but these are presented mostly because technically they posess many small drawers for storage and can be considered large Table Cabinets. The writing is well done with many references to makers, dates, and overall is somewhat scholarly in style, but still easy and interesting to read. The photos are also excellent although the chronological photos are in black-and-white. This is a wonderful book for collectors of Table Cabinets and explains in great detail how popular these items were throughout history. Highly recommended!
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