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The II.d Edition of Genteel Household Furniture in the Present Taste with an addition of several Articles never before Executed, by a Society of Upholsterers, Cabinet-Makers, &c. containing upwards of 350 Designs on 120 Copper Plates
London: Printed for Robert Sayer, 1765. 8vo. (9 3/8 x 5 3/4 inches). Engraved title, 120 engraved plates. Expertly bound to style in full period calf, spine with raised bands in six compartments, ruled in gilt on either side of each band, red morocco lettering piece Provenance: early owner's signature on title A very rare 18th century English pattern book. The title continues: "Consisting of China, Breakfast, Side-board, Dressing, Toilet, Card, Writing, Claw, Library, Slab and Night Tables, Chairs, Couches, Burjairs, French, Dressing and Corner Stools, Cabinets, Commodes, China Shelves and Cases, Trays, Chests, Stands for Candles, Tea Kettles, Pedestals, Stair-case, Lights, Bureaus, Beds, Ornamental Bed Posts, Corniches, Brackets, Fire-Screens, Desk & Book Cases, Clock Cases, Frames for Glasses, Sconce & Chimney-pieces, Terms, Girandoles, Lantorns, Chandeliers, Piers, Fretts, Fenders, Balconys, Signs * overdoors with variety of designs for Founders Brass-work, &c. & c."Originally published 1760 with 60 plates; the present second edition contains120 plates.Robert Manwaring may have contributed most of the designs for chairs; the first 28 plates were reprinted in 1766 in Robert Manwarings Chair-makers guide. Other designs have been attributed to Thomas Johnson, Ince & Mayhew, Thomas Chippendale, and perhaps Matthias Darley. It has been stated that the designs are for mostly plain and modest looking furniture; Christopher Gilbert has suggested that their publication may have been directed at practicing craftsmen rather than prospective clients.NUC locates one copy in America; not in BLESTC. White, pp. 47-48; Ward-Jackson, pp. 51-52.
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