This book is an alphabetical glossary of the words used to describe furniture, furnishings and other household objects found in English houses between 1500 and 1700. It draws from both contemporary and later sources and offers numerous examples of the words' uses in their historic context. The approach is both original and creative, firstly in placing an emphasis on the integrated relationship between furniture and other objects in the domestic interiors, and secondly in making extensive use of both documentary and archaeological evidence.
Furniture provides the focus but the book takes an inter-disciplinary approach, integrating furniture with interior decoration, plasterwork, wall paintings, hangings, panelling and other accompanying artefacts: ceramics, glass, metalwork, treen, paintings, textiles, stonework, basketry and such crafts. These artefacts are indicators of the material culture of English middle-class society, and this glossary is the first work of scholarship to cover them all. It is an invaluable work of reference for historians, museum curators, dealers and collectors.
Although this self-contained volume is of great value and interest on its own it can also be appreciated as a partner volume to Victor Chinnery's 'Oak Furniture: The British Tradition'.