Regional Furniture journal, volume 33, 2019

RF 2019 COVER

A quick reminder that volume 33, the 2019 edition, of the Regional Furniture Journal is currently available to all members.  

This year’s contents: Volume 33 – 2019

  • Leeds and West Yorkshire Carved Oak Furniture of the Seventeenth Century, Peter Brears
  • HUBBARD GRANTHAM and I HUBBARD GRANTHAM: a Late Georgian Windsor Chairmakers’ Whodunnit, William Sergeant and Julian Parker
  • The Great Chair of Sir Ralph Warburton, 1603, Adam Bowett
  • Current Developments in the Scientific Dating of Wood, Martin Bridge
  • Triangular Gothic Stools: a Further note, Christopher Pickvance

In keeping with our policy of providing free and open access to back issues, the 2016 Journal is now available online here, on our Journal web page.

Autumn 2019 Newsletter

RFSNL 71 coverIn this issue there are varied contributions to the short notes and queries section, ranging from an appeal for help in the search for John Lombe’s Piedmont chest, thought to have been used to carry designs and models of silk-throwing equipment key to the foundation of the mill in Derby c. 1717, to the discovery of a chair that is the missing link in how Windsor chair making began in Grantham in 1800. A note on John Erhart Rose, a nineteenth-century cabinetmaker in Virginia, and a Letter from America bring news of current furniture research in the United States. Reports from the annual conference in Shropshire show the richness of furniture and buildings visited. Hans Piena from the Netherlands Open Air Museum at Arnhem gave the Christopher Gilbert Memorial Lecture, examining the history of the Dutch ladder-back chair. Full details are in the Newsletter.

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left to right: thirteenth-century chair, excavated from a site near Rotterdam; a reproduction of what the original would have looked like. Collection of the Netherlands Open Air Museum, Arnhem

 

 

Spring 2019 Newsletter

The Spring 2019 edition (No.70) of the RFS Newsletter is now available to members. It features reports of recent Society events and a number of  illustrated articles on regional furniture:cover rfs newsletter spring 2019

  • Letter from America – Daniel Ackermann
  • An unrecorded medieval chest at St Mary’s church, Horsham – Chris Pickvance
  • Medieval chests in Kent – Chris Pickvance
  • The Landkey Parish Table purchased by the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon – Alison Mills
  • Joseph Newton’s Windsor chair advertisements, 1725 and 1729 – Julian Parker
  • Windsor chairs at Newstead Abbey – Julian Parker
  • John Bray of Bourne, Lincolnshire, Windsor chair-maker – William Sergeant and Julian Parker
  • The myth of the patinated Windsor chair – Bob Parrott
  • A caned library chair by John Syers at Broughton Hall, North Yorkshire – Brian Crossley
  • A little wider please: a barber-surgeon’s chair – Jeremy Bate
  • Fashionable furniture in Haverfordwest: a card table by William Owen – Sarah Medlam
  • Unlocking the Geffrye – Emma Hardy

Additional reports:

  • Lawrence Neal, chair-maker: when is a chair more than a chair?
  • Sitting Firm
  • The rush-seated chair: a celebration of past, present and future
  • V&A Dundee: The Scottish Design Galleries

The Newsletter is published twice a year, and is one of the benefits of RFS membership. A full list of articles in previous editions can be found here: Newsletter research articles

Regional Furniture Journal articles now available online

The sharp eyed amongst you may have noticed that we have gradually been making past Journal articles available on the Journal back issues page of this site.

Volumes 1 -23 (1989 -2009) – that’s 20 years of regional furniture research articles  – are now accessible to read and download for study and enjoyment. Included are all the special and themed issues of the Journal.

We hope to publish the 2010-2014 volumes shortly. The current issue (Volume 30 – 2016) of Regional Furniture is, of course, only available to RFS members, but the back issues will be published on this website after a three year delay.

Happy reading!