Sunday, March 3, 2013

English furniture restoration



This article outlines briefly the influences on English Restoration furniture, mainly from the European continent, particularly the Netherlands and France. English cabinets, chairs, tables, chandeliers and a work desk are convincing examples to take into account and compared with their mainland counterparts. They show the impact of styles and techniques resulting from European neighbors in the north of England, is guided by the Southern European models. Restore 1660 is a firm terminus post quem, and the arts flourished again after the rigors of the English Interregnum, the gap artistic past decades filled with imported styles. Court affects the taste of wealthy patrons was important. Since the 16th century, France had embraced Italian styles. The "Sun King" Louis XIV of France was a model for the European leaders, his court was widely imitated. The proximity of England and France relations influenced the court of England, whose patronage thus dictated dominant styles. France has also influenced Netherlands, itself the center of an empire. The Dutch East India Company imported goods from China and India, which have influenced the Dutch artisans export to England. Continental craftsmen still practiced in England, given the traction Great Fire of London in 1666, and by Louis XIV in 1685 Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, which drove qualified Huguenot Protestants in France, England and the Netherlands. Wider access to the continental influence has led, especially after William and Mary in 1688 memberships England. English craftsmen adopted Continental styles of pattern books widely available and directly from their foreign colleagues. The State House, derived from Versailles, was fertile ground for the decorative arts. Furniture such as apartments with a great English houses, silver and other precious materials such as wood, natural illustrate the derived style English. After the restoration, English furniture has evolved into a more original itself affect the colonies and other European countries.
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