I am occasionally asked where I source my reference material. A small amount of it is sourced on-line, but most of it is gleaned from my own books (endnotes reflect the origins).
My library covers a diverse range of subjects including eighteenth-century glass, porcelain, silver and satirical prints; sixteenth- to eighteenth-century furniture, social and historical aspects of the eighteenth-century and rural pursuits.
Below I have listed some of the titles most pertinent to this blog.
ANDREWS, John, British Antique Furniture, Antique Collectors Club, 1970-2005.
BARDER, Richard, The Georgian Bracket Clock, 1714-1830, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1999.
BEARD, Geoffrey, Upholsterers and Interior Furnishing in England, 1530-1840, Yale University Press, 1997.
BEBB, Richard J., Welsh Furniture 1250-1950 – A Cultural History of Craftsmanship and Design, Saer Books, 2007.
BERG, Maxine, Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Oxford University Press, 2005.
BOWETT, Adam, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740, Antique Collectors’ Club, 2009.
BOWETT, Adam, English Furniture from Charles II to Queen Anne, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1999.
BRAWER, Nicholas A., British Campaign Furniture: Elegance Under Canvas, 1740-1914, Harry N. Abrams, 2001.
BROOKE, Iris and LAVER, James, English Costume from the Seventeenth Through the Nineteenth Centuries, Dover Publications.
BROWN, John, Welsh Stick Chairs, Stobart Davies, 1999.
BUTTER, Francis J., Locks and Lockmaking, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd, 1926.
CESCINSKY, Herbert, English Domestic Clocks, Antique Collectors Club, 1976.
CLABBURN, Pamela, The National Trust Book of Furnishing Textiles, Penguin, 1988.
COOKE, Edward S. ed., Upholstery in America and Europe from the Seventeenth Century to World War I, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 1987.
COTTON, Bernard D., The English Regional Chair, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1999. CRISPIN, Thomas, The English Windsor Chair, Alan Sutton Publishing, Stroud, 1992.
CRUNDEN, John, The Joyner and Cabinet-Maker’s Darling, or Pocket Director. Containing, Sixty Different Designs, […], Gale Ecco, 2010.
EATON, Linda, Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens 1700-1850, The Monacelli Press, 2014.
EDWARDS, Clive, Encyclopedia of Furniture Materials, Trades and Techniques, Ashgate Publishing, 2001.
EDWARDS, Clive D., Eighteenth Century Furniture, Manchester University Press, 1997. EDWARDS, Dr. Clive, et al, British Furniture: 1600-2000, The Intelligent Layman Publishers Ltd., 2006.
EDWARDS, Ralph, The Early Georgian Period 1714-1760, The Connoisseur, 1963.
EDWARDS, Ralph and RAMSEY, L.G.G., The Late Georgian Period, 1760-1810, The Connoisseur, 1961.
EDWARDS, Ralph, The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture from the Middle Ages to the Late Georgian Period, Country Life, 1983.
ESTERLY, David, Grinling Gibbons & the Art of Carving, V & A Publishing, London, 2013.
EVELYN, John, A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesty’s dominions, as it was delivered in The Royal society, on the 15th of October 1662, third edition, volume 1, 1801.
FASTNEDGE, Ralph, Sheraton Furniture, Faber and Faber, 1962.
FILBEE, Marjorie, Dictionary of Country Furniture, Hearst Books, 1977.
FISKE, John and FREEMAN, Lisa, Living With Early Oak, The Belmont Press, 1999.
GARNIER-PELLE, Nicole, FORRAY-CARLIER, Anne, and ANSELM, Marie-Christine, The Monkeys of Christophe Huet: Singeries in French Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2011.
GENTLE, Rupert and FEILD, Rachael; GENTLE, Belinda ed., Domestic Metalwork, 1640-1820, Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd., 2nd Revised edition, 1999.
GILBERT, Christopher, English Vernacular Furniture, 1750-1900, Yale University Press, 1991.
GILBERT, Christopher, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, W.S. Maney & Son Ltd., 1996.
GILBERT, Christopher, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, Tabard Press, 1978.
GILBERT, Christopher and MURDOCK, Tessa (eds.), John Channon and Brass-Inlaid Furniture, 1730-1760, Yale University Press, 1994.
GIROUARD, Mark, Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History, Yale University Press, 1993.
GLIN, The Knight of, and PEILL, James, Irish Furniture, Yale University Press, 2007.
GOODISON, Nicholas, Ormolu: the work of Matthew Boulton, Phaidon Press, London, 1974.
GRIMWADE, Arthur G., London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 Their Marks & Lives, Faber & Faber, London, 1990.
HALL, Linda J. and ALCOCK, N.W., Fixtures and Fittings in Dated Houses, 1567-1763, Council for British Archaeology, 1994.
HARDING-HILL, Michael, Windsor Chairs: An Illustrated Celebration, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1999.
HARRIS, Nathaniel, Chippendale, Booksales, 1989.
HEAL, Sir Ambrose, London Furniture Makers: From the Restoration to the Victorian Era, 1660-1840, David & Charles, 1989.
HEFFORD, Wendy, The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Textile Collection, Design for Printed Textiles in England from 1750 to 1850, Abbeville Press, 1992.
HINCKLEY, F. Lewis, Queen Anne and Georgian Looking Glasses, Tauris Antiques Press, 1990.
HUTH, Hans, Lacquer of the West – The History of a Craft and an Industry 1550-1950, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1971.
INCE, William and MAYHEW, John, Authentic Georgian Furniture Designs: Universal System of Household Furniture, Dover Publications, 1999.
JAFFER, Amin, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, V & A Publications, 2001.
JELLINEK, Tobias, Early British Chairs and Seats From 1500 to 1700, Antique Collectors’ Club, 2009.
JONES, Yvonne, Japanned Papier Mâché and Tinware c.1740-1940, Antique Collectors’ Club, 2012.
KINMONTH, Claudia, Irish Country Furniture, 1700-1950, Yale University Press, 1995.
KIRKHAM, Pat, The London Furniture Trade 1700-1870, The Furniture History Society, 1988.
KNELL, David, English Country Furniture: 1500-1900, Antique Collectors Club, 2000.
LEVI, Jonathan and YOUNG, Robert, Treen for the Table, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1998.
MANWARING, Robert, The cabinet and chair-maker’s real friend & companion; Or, The whole system of chair-making made plain and easy, Alec Tiranti, 1947.
McQUOID, Percy, A History of English Furniture Including The Age of Oak, The Age of Walnut, The Age of Mahogany, The Age of Satinwood, Bracken Books, 1988.
MOXON, Joseph, The Art of Joinery, Midwinter & Leigh, 1703.
MURDOCH, Dr. Tessa, Noble Households – Eighteenth Century Inventories of Great English Houses, John Adamson, 2006.
MUSSON, Jeremy, English Manor Houses: From the Archives of Country Life, Aurum Press, 2007.
OLSEN, Kirstin, Daily Life in 18th-Century England, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999.
O’REILLY, Sean, Irish Houses and Gardens: From the Archives of Country Life, Aurum Press, 2008.
PARKER, Michael St. John, Life in Georgian Britain, Pitkin Guides, 2000.
PICKFORD, Ian, ed., Jackson’s Silver & Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland, Antique Collectors’ Club, third edition, 1991.
PINN, Keith, Paktong The Chinese Alloy in Europe 1680 – 1820, Antique Collectors Club, 1999.
PORTER, Roy, English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Penguin, 2001.
PRICE, Bernard, The Story Of English Furniture, Ariel Books, 1983.
RAMOND, Pierre, Marquetry, revised, Getty Publications, 2003.
RICCARDI-CUBITT, Monique, The Art of the Cabinet, Thames and Hudson, 1992.
ROBINSON, John Martin, The Regency Country House: From the Archives of Country Life, Aurum Press, 2008.
SHEARER, Thomas, Cabinetmaker’s London Book of Prices, Brown & O’Neil, 1793.
SHERATON, Thomas, The Cabinet Dictionary, W. Smith, 1803.
SIMON, Constance, English Furniture Designers of the Eighteenth Century (1905), Kessinger Publishing, 2009.
SNODIN, Michael and STYLES, John, Georgian Britain 1714-1837 (V&A’s Design & the Decorative Arts, Britain 1500-1900), V & A Publications, 2004.
STALKER, John and PARKER, George, A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing, Alec Tiranti, 1998.
STUART, Susan E., Gillows of Lancaster and London, Antique Collectors’ Club, 2008.
SYMONDS, R.W., Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, Studio Editions, 1986.
SYMONDS, R.W., Old English Walnut & Lacquer Furniture, Herbert Jenkins Ltd., London, 1923.
SYMONDS, R.W., The Ornamental Designs of Chippendale, Alec Tiranti, 1949.
THE LONDON SOCIETY OF CABINET-MAKERS, The Cabinet-makers London Book of Prices, 1788.
WAINWRIGHT, Clive, George Bullock Cabinet Maker, J. Murray, H. Blairman & Sons, London, 1988.
WHITE, Elizabeth, Dictionary of British Eighteenth Century Furniture Design, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1991.
WHITTINGTON, S. and CLAXTON STEVENS, C., Eighteenth Century English Furniture: Norman Adams Collection, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1999.
WILLS, Geoffrey, English Looking Glasses, A.S. Barnes and Co., 1965.
YPMA, Herbert J. M., Irish Georgian, Thames & Hudson, 1998.