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In this context, mostly relating to the notion of "provincial" furniture. Also "vernacular".
When introducing his manual on Provincial Furniture, in the 1930s, John Gerald Shea argues,
During the past score of years the American people have shown marked interest in quaint historical types of furniture. This interest has been fostered through the renewed popularity of the early American antique. It has continued to include other kindred styles of furniture which emanated from other countries. Among the offerings of these other countries, that of France is particularly noteworthy. There is something about these unsophisticated provincial furniture designs which attunes them to our popular imagination. ...
Franklin H Gottshall's Provincial Furniture (1983) has one meaning of "provincial", ie,
skilled in the technicalities of their craft but not always sensitve to som of the finer principles of design as the more thoroughly schooled artisans.
From English Dictionary, ie, the dictionary's 5th meaning: Having the manners or speech of a province or "the provinces"; exhibiting the character, especially the narrowness of view or interest, associated with or attributed to inhabitants of "the provinces"; wanting the culture or polish of the capital.
SWIFT (J.), A
country 'squire having only the provincial accent upon his tongue,
which is neither a fault, nor in his power to remedy.]
1755 JOHNSON, Provincial, ... rude; unpolished.
a1774 HARTE Eulogius Poems (1810) 385/2 His mien was awkward; graces he had none; Provincial were his notions and his tone.
1813 M. EDGEWORTH Let. 6 Apr. (1971) 10 He ... speaks excellent language but with a strong provincial accent which at once destroys all idea of elegance.
1817 CHALMERS Astron. Disc. vi.
(1852) 136 Christianity is not so paltry and provincial a system as Infidelity presumes it to be.
1863 TROLLOPE Rachel Ray I. vi. 118 Mrs. Rowan perceived at once that Mrs. Tappitt was provincial, ... but she was a good motherly woman. 1864 BAGEHOT Lit. Stud. (1878) II. 126 ‘Tristram Shandy’ ... Its mirth is boisterous. It is provincial.
1864 M. ARNOLD Ess. Crit. ii. (1875) 77 The provincial spirit, again, exaggerates the value of its ideas for want of a high standard at hand by which to try them.
1899 J. MCCARTHY Reminisc. II. xxxv. 252 Rather tall, very angular, surprisingly awkward..with a rough provincial accent and an uncouth way of speaking.
1909 A. W. EVANS tr. A. France's Penguin Island VII. ix. 312 Provincial women, since they wear low heels, are not very attractive, and preserve their virtue with ease.
1954 C. S. LEWIS Eng. Lit. in 16th Cent. I. i. 68 Scotch poetry had already a considerable achievement behind it and was by no means a local or provincial department of English poetry.