Synopses & Reviews
Written with great verve and in a highly accessible style, The History of Furniture conveys a vast knowledge of history, style, and design with great intellectual clarity. Surveying the development of furniture from antiquity to the present day, John Morley discusses the Western tradition and includes the outside influences of China, Japan, India, Egypt, and Africa. The more than 600 illustrations not only include photographs and drawings of the furniture itself but also highlight the furniture's links to architecture and the fine arts. The History of Furniture is a complete examination of the 2,000-year tradition of furniture and a captivating tour de force of scholarship.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 330-342) and index.
Table of Contents
pt. 1.Antiquity --pt. 2.Disintegration of Classicism, 300-1450 --pt. 3.'Pointed' styles: Islamic and Gothic --pt. 4.Renaissance revival of antiquity: Classicism and Anti-Classicism --pt. 5.Baroque contrasts --pt. 6.Battle of styles: English Classicism, rococo and 'Goãut Grec' --pt. 7.'Modified Rococo' and the New Neo-Classicism --ch. 8.Grotesque and 'Archaeological' Classicism --pt. 9.Eclectic Revivalism --pt. 10.Frugality and functionalism --pt. 11.Wilder shores of style: China, Japan, India, Egypt, Africa --pt. 12.Latter-day polarities.