Spring 2020 Newsletter

The Spring 2020 edition (No.72) of the RFS Newsletter is now available to members. In this issue Future Society Events including visits to Leeds and Lancaster, the Research in Progress meeting on medieval furniture and the annual conference in Lincoln are detailed. There are many interesting contributions to the Short Notes and Queries section, including an appeal for further information on spring locks in medieval chests, a note on new light on the Ordsall Hall, Salford, bed and a newly-identified chest of drawers by a mid-nineteenth century Weymouth cabinet maker. The most recent Letter from America highlights the range of symposia, exhibitions and conferences in the United States this year, while the update on British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO) describes new material recently published and encourages feedback and further contributions. Reports from the Oak House, West Bromwich and the week-long study tour to Ireland show the diversity of furniture and buildings visited by RFS members. Full details are in the Newsletter.

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  • Letter from America – Daniel Ackermann
  • Spring locks in medieval chests– Chris Pickvance
  • New light on the Ordsall Hall bed
    – Adam Bowett
  • Gillows research material – Susan Stuart
  • Evolution of the rocking chair – John Boram
  • Judges’ Lodgings Museum, Lancaster – Lynda Jackson
  • The London Upholders’ Company and its place in furniture history – John Houston
  • A Weymouth cabinet maker, 1869 – Piers Keating
  • The Great Grenadier’s chair  – Linda Hall
  • A Welsh-American stick-back – Jeremy Bate
  • British and Irish Furniture Makers Online – Laurie Lindey

Additional reports:

  • Oak House
  • West Bromwich
  • Ireland Study Tour
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Lock on clamped oak chest in Kent, 1250-1350. Photograph Chris Pickvance

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

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

The Accomplished Lady by Noël Riley

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Another wonderful publication was released last year by one of the Society’s members and former Newsletter editor, Noël Riley.  The Accomplished Lady – a history of genteel
pursuits c. 1660–1860
is a richly illustrated “study of the skills and pastimes of upper-class women and the works they produced during a 200-year period.”

Noël Riley has written and lectured extensively on the decorative arts and is a
consultant at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Her previous books include Penwork: A Decorative Art, The Victorian Design Source Book, Gifts for Good Children – the History of Children’s China 1790–1890, and pocket guides to Tea Caddies and Visiting Card Cases. She has written for many art periodicals, both academic and popular, and for many years she contributed to Historic House, the journal of the Historic Houses Association.

The book is, of course, available in all good book shops!

For more in formation see here, The Accomplished Lady – leaflet, and the review in the RFS Spring Newsletter 2018.

New Publication: ‘NAMES FOR THINGS’ By Victor Chinnery

NAMES FOR THINGS
A Description of Household Stuff
Furniture and Interiors
1500-1700

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Members will be pleased to hear that the posthumous publication of a glossary of terms, written by Victor Chinnery is now available for order

The book will be published in October 2016 and is an A4 hardback, 324 pages and containing 53 illustrations. The approach taken in the book is both original and creative. It places emphasis on the integrated relationship between furniture and the many artefacts found within the early British home.

In the book, Victor looks, not only at furniture, but also interior decoration, metalwork, pottery, wood types and the use of colour in interiors.

Glossary entries – giving a detailed description of the objects – are backed up by inventory references and other documentary evidence, which aim to explain how the objects would have been used, in a period setting.

It will be an invaluable work of reference for historians, museum curators, dealers and collectors alike.

The book is edited and contains a foreword by Jan Chinnery.

The book retails at  £35, plus UK postage of £4 and is available at through all good booksellers (ISBN 9780957599284).

To place an order for the book and for payment details by Bank transfer or cheque – please use the following email: namesforthings@outlook.com or order direct from Jeremy Mills Publishing

Spring 2014 Newsletter – out now!

Newsletter Spring 2014

The latest beautiful edition of the Regional Furniture Society Newsletter (Spring 2014) has been published and is being sent to existing members this week. As well as a full listing of this year’s forthcoming activities, it contains  a number of  fascinating illustrated articles looking at Emily Gimson’s Rocking Chair, A Deal Furniture Tradition in Kent and Sir Robert Walpole’s Electioneering Chair. There are also reports on recent RFS events and visits.

Two editions of the newsletter and a copy of the Journal are free to members each year. A list of past articles and contributors is available here.

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