By John G. Shea

This remarkable paintings presents furnishings makers and woodworkers with the crucial old kingdom furnishings designs utilized in North the US prior to now four hundred years. involved merely with provincial home made designs — as a rule of straightforward solid-wood development — John Shea's conscientiously researched and abundantly illustrated quantity comprises ninety five measured drawings from which critical scholars and craftworkers can reproduce their very own types of those vintage classics. All very important ecu affects are represented — English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, and Norwegian between them.
Among the items represented are Shaker chairs, rockers, tables, and a wall cabinet; a brand new England settle, Spanish trestle desk, Dutch gateleg desk, French Canadian armoire and cloth cabinet, a Pennsylvania German nook cabinet and plate rack, in addition to a wide range of state bedsteads, benches, stools, candlestands, plate racks, wall sconces, and much...

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In accordance with the Spanish practice of sending priests along to “pacify” the natives during forays into unsettled territories, in 1768 Father Junípero Serra accompanied Captain Gaspar de Portolá on his expedition into upper California. Father Serra was a wise and kindly man of God. In fact, he reversed the ferocity of the conquistadors by gently converting the Indians to the faith — and by establishing enduring missions at each place along the California coast where Spanish forts were erected.

It was probably reserved for the use of early scholars and statesmen. (Courtesy, Henry Ford Museum) Cyma-scrolled pine cupboard is believed to have originated in New England early in the 18th century. This and the corner cupboard on opposite page exemplify colonial craftsmens’ adroit application of cyma scrolls for the decoration of their work. As illustrated below, undulating cyma curves were applied to shape cabinet facings, chair and table aprons and other decorative uses. See measured drawing, page 204.

Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, St. Augustine, Florida. The Hitchcock Chair Company, Riverton, Connecticut. C. * Little Norway Museum, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Massachusetts. The Maine State Museum, Augusta, Maine. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada. Musée du Québec, Quebec, Canada. The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada. The National Museum of Man, Ontario, Canada. * The Norwegian American Museum, Decorah, Iowa.

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