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1: The Age of Oak

A survey of the development of English oak furniture in terms of its construction, style and decoration from the medieval period through to the end of the 17th Century.

2: Early English Furniture

A study of furniture from medieval to Tudor times referring in particular to its construction, decoration and usage and also to continental influences affecting its development.

3: Gothic Furniture from medieval times to the 19th Century

The gothic style has been around for a very long time and undergone many revivals and re-interpretations, as this lecture will show.

4: Elizabethan & Jacobean Furniture

A comparison of Elizabethan and Jacobean furniture in terms of its construction, decoration and range.

5: On Cupboards and In Drawers: When is Cupboard Not a Cupboard?

An explanation of the development of cupboards and chests of drawers in terms of their use, social significance, and their construction and decoration from mediaeval times to the 18th Century.

6: From Joinery to Cabinet-Making 

The development of joinery as a method for constructing furniture from medieval times to the end of the 17th century and its comparison with that of cabinet-making.

7: From Veneering to Marquetry 

The history, techniques and uses of veneering, inlay, parquetry and marquetry in decorating furniture between the period 1675 – 1730.

8: The Age of Walnut 1660-1740

An analysis of the style and construction of fashionable walnut furniture in the post restoration period.

9: Splendiferous Furniture of the Late 17th Century 

An appraisal of the courtly ceremonial splendour and function of furniture of the post-Restoration period, with reference not just to its design, construction and decoration but also to its fabulously expensive upholstery.

10: Vernacular Furniture 1600-1800

A look into the lives of ordinary people through their ordinary, everyday furniture.

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