Image from page 268 of “The book of decorative furniture, its form, colour and history” (1910)

Image from page 268 of "The book of decorative furniture, its form, colour and history" (1910)
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Identifier: bookofdecorative01fole
Title: The book of decorative furniture, its form, colour and history
Year: 1910 (1910s)
Authors: Foley, Edwin
Subjects: Furniture Decoration and ornament
Publisher: London : T.C. and E.C. Jack
Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto

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THE STUART PERIOD OF BRITISHDECORATIVE WOODWORK, 1603-1688 Jacobean, Cromwellian, Carolean WE now move forward to the era of the art-loving Stuarts, who,much preferring pictures to poUtics, poetry to Puritanism,were but ill-equipped for the great conflict with theirParliament, which turned mens activities from the gentle arts to brutal forces, and formed thecentral issue in Englishlife during the seven-teenth century, as theWars of the Roses hadbeen in the fifteenth. The lover of decorativefurniture will find theStuart period peculiarlyrich in picturesque andrapidly evolving woodworkdesign. He will, however,miss from this chaptersomewhat of the note of sturdy national growth traceable throughTudor days of Britains crude but vigorous adaptation of the ornamentof the Italian Renaissance: that movement which in art, almost as much as in letters, revolutionised* the outlook, substituted reason 191

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