The Age of Walnut
The “Age of Walnut” provides a wealth of material for a study day. Stylistically, the period encompasses the Restoration, William & Mary and Queen Anne and Baroque styles. Technically, the period sees the transition from the framed panel construction of the joiner to the dovetailed carcass work of the cabinet maker which in turn ushers in new forms of decoration: veneering, parquetry and marquetry. Aesthetically, the period sees over-decoration on the one hand and simplicity and proportion on the other. By combining good design with excellent craftsmanship, England came to be recognised as amongst the best of 18th century furniture making countries.