MAQUOID’S ESSENTIAL WORK ON ENGLISH FURNITURE WITH 60 SPLENDID FOLIO COLOR PLATES
MACQUOID, Percy. A History of English Furniture: The Age of Oak (1925), The Age of Walnut (1923), The Age of Mahogany (1925), and The Age of Satinwood (1928). With Plates in Colour after Shirley Slocombe. London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1923-28. Four volumes. Folio (11 by 15 inches), original full gilt-stamped red cloth, top edges gilt, uncut. $1800.
Later edition of this definitive reference, with 60 splendid folio chromolithographic plates and hundreds of other illustrations of period furniture.
While focused on the history, development, and evolution of English furniture, this important and comprehensive work presents the various foreign styles that strongly influenced English furniture makers. In the study of furniture, Macquoid was the first to recognize the importance of provenance, even locating some original Chippendale receipts and invoices. "Without Macquoid's pioneering work, furniture studies would never have reached their present state" (Jerome Phillips). The four volumes represent four major periods: the Gothic and Renaissance, or The Age of Oak (1500-1660); the Restoration, or The Age of Walnut (1660-1720); the era of French influence, or The Age of Mahogany (1720-1770); and the era of Classic Revival, or The Age of Satinwood (1770-1820). First published in 1904-08. Bookplates.
Interiors fine. Bindings in excellent condition, with mild toning to spine of Age of Oak, small spot to spine of Age of Satinwood.