A GENERAL refinement of the public taste in matters pertaining to art and interior decoration is making itself felt more and more clearly. One of the phases of this feeling and desire for better thing's is undoubtedly the realization of the charm, beauty of line, and individuality of antique furniture.
Unfortunately the available supply of genuine antiques is so far below the demand that only the favored few can enjoy the possession of artistic old pieces. For the great majority reproductions will have to do. If well made and of true proportions, they will be found to be just as pleasing; as the originals, besides being much stronger.
The higher class of furniture factories are meeting the demand of the times by turning out many excellent reproductions, which are not merely common adaptations but follow the original in every detail. But reproduction of antique furniture need not necessarily be confined to professional cabinet-makers. It may well be undertaken by high school boys, and many pieces can even be made by students of the eighth grade. Work of this kind may at first appear too difficult; but, when the processes are carefully analyzed, these difficulties will disappear, and the result will be ever so much more pleasing and satisfying than the usual "Mission" type of furniture.
With this idea in mind, the following material has been compiled. The pieces of furniture illustrated have been selected for their general simplicity and adaptability to the average home. They have been photographed, measured, and translated into working drawings, thus making then available for reproduction. A few suggestions and a short description of the principal technical difficulties involved in the construction of each piece have been added, as well as a chapter giving a brief outline of the art Periods and how to distinguish the most important of them.
While the book is intended chiefly for school use, it is hoped that it may also prove of interest to cabinetmakers, amateur woodworkers, and people in general who are interested in good furniture.HERMAN HJORTH