New England Beginnings

Although this blog’s focus is mainly on late seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century English and Irish furniture, I do have a number of North American readers, who, on occasion, struggle to keep up. In their defence, attempting to decipher North American dates, periods and styles is notoriously fraught with peril.

Luckily enough then, several notable New England institutions have collaborated in an interactive on-line venture, Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, heralded as “A celebration of craft and industry, tradition and innovation”.

If, like me, the end-grain-rich mouldings of the William and Mary, Queen Anne and early Georgian periods are your thing, then you might want to begin at From Joiner to Cabinetmaker: The Early Baroque Style, 1690-1730.

Later Georgian periods covered are Line and Form: The Late Baroque Style, 1730-1760, Curving Outward, 1730-1760 and Revolutionary Rococo, 1745-1790.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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4 Responses to New England Beginnings

  1. Kevin L. Schroeder says:

    Again, Thanks for the education! Keep it coming – you do very well.


  2. John Black says:

    Thanks for the links…fascinating time line.
    And very much enjoy your postings.


  3. D.B. Laney says:

    We duz the best we can here in the States, Gov’nr. We’re still struggling from our humble, indentured past. Remember, all those “Georges” sent poor workmen to North America and the criminal Master Minds to the “Land Down Under”. We’re at a bit of disadvantage. But we’ll catch up. Remember what Churchill said, “you can trust the Americans to do what’s right, after they’ve tried everything else”. Thanks for the links. I’m sure that all of your readers appreciate your efforts to keep us well informed. I know, I certainly do.


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