Furniture of Williamsburg and eastern Virginia, 1710-1790 by Wallace B Gusler

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A desirable and readable research of the significance of the different Williamsburg cupboard making retailers and the position they performed within the furnishing of houses of japanese Virginia. Williamsburg was once an incredible heart of effect within the ornamental arts, because it used to be in different parts. The images is appropriate as is the accompanying piece-by-piece furnishings research

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14 Thomas Jefferson also had num erous accounts with Peter Scott. From 1771 until th e cabinetmaker's death in 177 5, Jefferson see ms to ha ve patronized him more th an an y ot he r Williamsburg art isa n . Sever al acco u n ts ar c list ed only as ca sh su ms paid, but a few ar c more detailed, suc h as an orde r recorded in 177 2: " w ro te to Scott to rna kc ta blc 4f I I. sq and 2 f. 4 I. high . M y tea tables were directed to be 3. f. f. &. 2. f. 2 I. "! " A ball -and-clawfoot table at Monticello ma y relate to the first portion of this account (fig.

Its finely developed skirt has a small central pendant reminiscent of the larger pendant on the Speaker's chair (fig. 7). The cabriolc legs of this dressing table appear slightly earlier in form than those of the Speaker's chair, and they have heavily hollowed areas on each side of the knee, forming wide flanges. This creates a pronounced "sh in bone" effect just below the knee, continuing down to a point where the flanges taper into a round ankle. In profile this leg has a distinct "haunch," or offset, on the inside curve .

Its cabriole legs have a more pronounced curve, which is most noticeable on the inside at the top behind the knee. More wood has been removed from this area than on later chairs, giving it a graceful , flowing character. Likewise, the finish work of the undercutting on the bottom profile of the scat rails is more refined than on later examples, and the carved shell with bellflower pendants and plain knee brackets arc the earliest type. According to tradition this chair descended in the family of Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740), lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722.

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