A SURVEY OF..OLD FURNISHINGS ....IN A ....COUNTRY TOWN.
(Guilford?) N.P. n.d. (ca.1900). A very scarce little book devoted to the antique furniture collections displayed in the galleries of Messrs. Williamson and Sons at Guilford. Benn recounts a history of English furniture through the centuries by browsing from piece to piece on display in the galleries. Eighty-four illustrations from photos or drawings printed in tinted photo-zincotypes show a full range of decorative pieces including an old Yorkshire dresser; a flemish oak carved chest; a Jacobean carved oak cradle; William and Mary period imports, Georgian and Queen Anne furnishings; Sheraton items and even some French imports ("That connoisseurs need not go to Paris for 'Old French' is made clear sufficiently by observing the exquisite Marie Antoinette commode which is roughly sketched in Fig. 82."). The whole is interspersed with quotations or reference to taste-makers such as Horace Walpole, Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Wortley and Hogarth. This is clearly intended as a promotional work for Messrs. Williamson and Sons, who also made new furniture. Uncommon. OCLC notes one copy at NYPL and 2 in the U.K. Oblong 8vo (15.2 x 23.2 cm); 57 pp. printed with tinted illustrations by Hazell, Watson, and Viney, LD.
Original pale green cloth with title and emblem of Guilford embossed on upper cover; extremities lightly bumped and worn.
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