August 6, 2012

French 18th Century Furniture Book

I’ve said a number of times how much I love the randomness of the Book Thing, the free bookstore in Baltimore. You could go in there anytime and find a book that you’d never find anywhere else. And the stock literally changes from hour to hour. It’s truly serendipity.

So during my last foray over to Book Thing, I stumbled across a book called French Eighteenth Century Furniture: Pleasures and Treasures. It’s a translation from the original French, but there’s no copyright information or date.

It is lavishly illustrated with both old engravings and photographs of furniture in situ and alone. Some of the pieces are really stunning.

I have been reading through this book a little as I have one eye on the Olympics, but I can see that it’s a book that I am going to have to study more closely. Perhaps whilst lounging on this two piece chaise longue briseé. Or on this amazing turquioses sofa that looks to be the perfect length for an afternoon snooze, or a kip as my UK friends call it.The book looks to be an educational history of 18th century French furniture, and if the illustrations and images are this wonderful, I am sure I will learn a lot from the book.

YAY!

8 comments:

  1. Hi Meg, I love 18th and early 19th c. French furniture. And this sounds like an amazing book!! I bet that Halas and Connor would love to sleep on the Louis XVI blue sofa!! Thanks . Mary

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    1. Those dogs would NEVER be on that sofa.

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  2. I've always felt that a chaise longue is sort of the one-trick pony of the furniture world, like kitchen appliances that take up counter space but only do one thing. But a TWO PIECE! Now, that's brilliant. It's a chair and stool, a chair and tea table, a chair and footrest, and a place to kip... all in one. Perfect.

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  3. What a find! It sounds and looks great. Enjoy.

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  4. The turquoise sofa is divine - and so is the door behind it!

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    1. I am in love with the sofa. I'd have it near a window, so that i could nap in the sun in the winter.

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