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

A Description of Household Stuff
Furniture and Interiors


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: or order direct from Jeremy Mills Publishing

New events for Autumn 2016


The programme and booking form for forthcoming RFS events are now available in the latest edition of the Newsletter and online on the Events page. The main Autumn event is a tour of the London Charterhouse. In addition, the Tools and Trades Society have invited RFS members to join them at a Technical Day at the Kelham Island Museum and Ken Hawley Collection Trust in Sheffield –  further details here.

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.

Join the Regional Furniture Society here and receive your copy of the latest newsletter and Journal.



Spring Newsletter: A Call For Copy

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Treve Rosoman, Newsletter Editor writes:
The next RFS Spring Newsletter is due out towards the end of February 2014; therefore the deadline for copy is 22nd December 2013.  If you have any little snippets of information, or photographs about regional furniture, where you have seen it, how it was used etc  – please let me know by the 22nd, so that it can go into the Newsletter.  The Newsletter is there for the membership and to contain news of what the Society will be doing, what it has done, book reviews and shorter notices concerning regional furniture in all its varieties.  So please let me know by the 22nd December.

You can contact Treve at  with your proposals or contributions.

Autumn Newsletter and Regional Furniture Journal 2013

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The latest editions of the RFS Newsletter and Journal have been published and are being sent to existing members this week. The newsletter has a full report on this summer’s conference and AGM in Edinburgh, as well as reports on recent RFS visits. The Journal this year contains six essays exploring inventories as source and evidence for furniture types, placement and use in specific homes and among different social classes.

There are two editions each year of the newsletter and an annual edition of the Journal  – free to members. A list of past articles and contributors is available here.  Join the Regional Furniture Society here and receive your copy of the latest newsletter and Journal.