furniture. Friday , May 05th , 2017 - 21:05:06 PM
So if you have any piece of furniture that has been left to you by your parents do not hesitate to bring it, rub a little varnish and use it.
And here is a teeny secret Michael is too modest to speak about, but I will let you in on the truth.
Besides chairs and buffets there are a certain number of large panelled cupboards with hinged doors, which fold back into small compass, such as two in the possession of Mr A. L. Radford, and the well-known example in the Strangers' Hall, Norwich, probably made by a "stranger artificer " for Nicholas Sotherton, who acquired the Hall in 1509. It is a rare instance of an article of furniture remaining for four centuries in its original surroundings. at work on the wainscot. The Countess of Shrewsbury had inlaid furniture made for her, which is still preserved at Hardwick,' and the first extant day-bed or couch, painted with her arms, stands in the long gallery of the house. A few years later a couch is during the last quarter of the century the bulbous or melon-shaped excrescence appears on table legs and supports, which is also found in furniture in the Low Countries. In the best examples the gadrooning suggests contemporary silversmith's work, and the enlargement is divided into a clearly marked cup and cover. During the late seventeenth century, however, this motif loses its original meaning, and the division is slightly indicated by a groove or ring. A plain bulb or peg-top enlargement is characteristic of the Restoration period. Upholstered furniture was in use late in the reign of Elizabeth, for we find Sir John Harington inquiring if it would not as well " become the state of the chamber to have easy quilted and lined forms and stools for the lords and ladies to sit on, which fashion is now taken up in every merchant's hall, as great plank forms that two yeomen can scant remove out of their places, and wainscot stools so hard that since great breeches were laid aside, men can scant endure to sit upon."
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