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The Cabinet and Chair-Maker's Real Friend and Companion, or, the Whole System of Chair-Making Made plain and easy

Designer:
Robert Manwaring (British, active 1760–ca. 1770)
Engraver:
Robert Pranker (British, active 1755–76)
Engraver:
J. Noual (British, active 1760s)
Publisher:
Henry Webley (British, active London 1760s)
Publisher:
A. Webley (British, active London, 1760s)
Published in:
London
Date:
1765
Medium:
Illustrations: engraving, etching
Dimensions:
Book: 9 1/4 × 5 15/16 × 13/16 in. (23.5 × 15.1 × 2 cm) Sheet: 5 1/2 x 9 1/16 in. (14 x 23 cm)
Classifications:
Books, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.9.6
Not on view
This modest book of designs demonstrates the kind of chairs middle-class English families might have bought and used in the 18th century. Its etched and engraved illustrations offer a sturdier and less costly alternative to the elaborate Rococo and Chinoiserie concoctions found in Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director.
Marking: Small piece of paper is pasted at bottom of title page, presumably covering price information for the book.
Univ. Cat. II.1298; Kimball and Donnell, p. 121; Lewine p. 335
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