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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

Robert Manwaring (British, active 1760–ca. 1770)
Robert Pranker (British, active 1755–76)
J. Noual (British, active 1760s)
Henry Webley (British, active London 1760s)
A. Webley (British, active London, 1760s)
Published in:
Illustrations: engraving, etching
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)
Books, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
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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