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Timeline


This helpful tool highlights some important events in British history and links them up with the developments of furniture styles and timbers used. Each period is marked by the reigning monarch.

Reading List


Below are a list of publications related to English antique furniture that may be of interest to you to gain a better understanding of the history or a respective period, style or maker.

  • Ackermann , Repository of Arts, 1810.

  • Adam, Robert , Works in Architecture, 1776.

  • Aslin, Elizabeth , Nineteenth Century English Furniture, London, 1962.

  • Avray Tipping, H., and Christopher Hussey , English Homes, Period IV, Vol. II, London, 1928.

  • Avray Tipping, H. , English Homes, Period V, Vol. I, 'Early Georgian 1714–1760', London, 1921.

  • Avray Tipping, H. , English Homes, Period VI, Vol. I, London, 1921.

  • Bamford, Francis , A Dictionary of Edinburgh Wrights and Furniture Makers, 1660–1840, London, 1983.

  • Banfield, Edwin , The Banfield Family Collection of Barometers, Trowbridge, 1995.

  • Banfield, Edwin , Barometers: Stick or Cistern Tube, Trowbridge, 1985.

  • Banfield, Edwin , Barometers, Wheel or Banjo, Trowbridge, 1985.

  • Barder, Richard , The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714–1830, London, 1993.

  • Beard, Geoffrey , Craftsmen and Interior Decoration in England 1660–1820, London, 1981.

  • Beard, Geoffrey , Georgian Craftsmen and Their Work, London, 1966.

  • Beard, Geoffrey , and Christopher Gilbert, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660–1840, Leeds, 1986.

  • Beard, Geoffrey , and Judith Goodison, English Furniture 1500–1840, Oxford, 1987.

  • Bence-Jones, Mark , Burke's Guide to Country Houses, Vol. I – Ireland, London, 1978.

  • Boulton, Matthew , Matthew Boulton Pattern Book, n.d.

  • Bourne, Jonathan, and Vanessa Brett , Lighting in the Domestic Interior, London, 1991.

  • Boynton, Lindsay , Gillow Furniture Designs 1760–1800, London 1995.

  • Brackett, Oliver , An Encyclopaedia of English Furniture, London, 1927.

  • Brackett, Oliver , English Furniture Illustrated, London, 1950.

  • Brackett, Oliver , Thomas Chippendale, London, 1924.

  • Britten, F. J. , Old Clocks and Their Makers, 4th edition, Woodbridge, 1956.

  • Brown, Peter , The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks, York, 1987.

  • Buckell Pos, Tania M. , Tea and Taste – The Visual Language of Tea, London, 2004.

  • Butler, Robin, and Gillian Walkling , The Book of Wine Antiques, Woodbridge, 1986.

  • Cescinsky, Herbert , English Furniture from Gothic to Sheraton, London, 1929.

  • Cescinsky, Herbert , English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, London, Vol. I, 1909; Vol. II, 1910; Vol. III, 1911.

  • Cescinsky, Herbert , The Gentle Art of Faking Furniture, London, 1931.

  • Cescinsky, Herbert , The Old World House, London, 1924.

  • Child, Graham , World Mirrors 1650–1900, London, 1990.

  • Chippendale, Thomas , The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director, London, 1754.

  • Chippendale, Thomas , The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director, 3rd edition, London, 1762.

  • Christie's, London , 'Important English Furniture', 18 November 1993.

  • Christie's, London , 'The Prescott Collection', 31 January 1981.

  • Claxton Stevens , Christopher, and Stewart Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, London, 1983.

  • Claxton Stevens, Christopher, and Stewart Whittington , 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, revised edition, Woodbridge, 1985.

  • Claxton Stevens, Christopher , Norman Adams Seventieth Anniversary, London, 1993.

  • Clifford Smith, Harold , Buckingham Palace: Its Furniture, Decoration and History, London, 1931.

  • Coleridge, Anthony , Chippendale Furniture, London, 1968.

  • Coleridge, Anthony , The Chippendale Period in English Furniture, London, 1966.

  • Coleridge, Anthony , The Cusworth Suite, London, 2008.

  • Collard, Frances , Regency Furniture, 2nd edition, London, 1985.

  • Coombs, David , 'Queen Elizabeth's Collection', The Antique Collector, August 1990.

  • Cornforth, John , Early Georgian Interiors, Yale, 2004.

  • Darly, Matthias , A New Book of Chinese, Gothic and Modern Chairs, London, 1751.

  • Davidson, Marshall B., and Elizabeth Stellinger , The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985.

  • Davis, Frank , A Picture History of Furniture, London, 1958.

  • Davis, Terrence , Rococo: A style of fantasy, London, 1973

  • Dawson, Percy G., C. B. Drover and D. W. Parkes , Early English Clocks, Woodbridge, 2003.

  • Decker, Elly , Globes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Globes and Armillary Spheres in the National Maritime Museum, London, 1999.

  • Dekker, E., and P. van der Krogt , Globes from the Western World, London, 1993.

  • Devonshire, The Duchess of , Chatsworth – The House, Chatsworth, 2002.

  • Drinkwater, J., (ed.) , A Loan Exhibition Depicting the Reign of Charles II, London, 1932.

  • Edwards, Clive , British Furniture 1600–2000, London, 2005.

  • Edwards, Ralph , Georgian Furniture, London, 1947.

  • Edwards, Ralph , The Georgian Period, 2nd edition, London, 1958.

  • Edwards, Ralph , A History of the English Chair, London, 1950.

  • Edwards, Ralph , The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1964.

  • Edwards, Ralph , The Victoria and Albert Museum: English Chairs, London, 1951.

  • Edwards, Ralph, and Margaret Jourdain , Georgian Cabinet Makers, London, 1944.

  • Edwards, Ralph, and Margaret Jourdain , Georgian Cabinet Makers, 3rd revised edition, London, 1955.

  • Edwards, Ralph, and L. G. Ramsey, The Connoisseur Period Guides , The Early Georgian Period 1714–1760, London, 1957.

  • Fergusson, R. S, FSA , Picture Board Dummies, (pamphlet), 1922.

  • Fitzgerald, Desmond , Georgian Furniture, London, 1969.

  • Fleming and Meers , (initials not known), An Exhibition of 18th Century English Chairs, Washington, 1985.

  • Ford, Trevor D. , Derbyshire Blue John, Ashbourne, 2005.

  • Garnett, Oliver , Erddig, London, 1999.

  • Gentle, Rupert , Domestic Metalwork 1640–1820, Woodbridge, 1994.

  • Gilbert, Christopher , The Art of Thomas Chippendale, Master Furniture Maker, Harewood House, 2000.

  • Gilbert, Christopher , Country House Lighting, Leeds, 1992.

  • Gilbert, Christopher , English Vernacular Furniture, 1750–1900, New Haven, 1991.

  • Gilbert, Christopher , Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660–1840, London, 1986.

  • Gilbert, Christopher , Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, 3 vols, Leeds, 1978 & 1998.

  • Gilbert, Christopher , The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 2 vols, London, 1978.

  • Gilbert, Christopher , Marked London Furniture, Leeds, 1996.

  • Gilbert, Christopher , A Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700–1840, Leeds, 1996.

  • Gilbert, Christopher, and Tessa Murdoch , John Channon and Brass-Inlaid Furniture 1730–1760, New Haven, 1993.

  • Gloag, John , A Short Dictionary of Furniture, London, 1952.

  • Gloag, John , A Short Dictionary of Furniture, revised and expanded edition, London, 1969.

  • Goodison, Nicholas , English Barometers 1680–1860, London, 1969.

  • Goodison, Nicholas , English Barometers 1680–1860, revised edition, London, 1985.

  • Goodison, Nicholas , Matthew Boulton: Ormolu, London, 2002.

  • Goodison, Nicholas , Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974.

  • Goodison, Nicholas, and Robin Kern , Hotspur – Eighty Years of Antiques Dealing, London, 2004.

  • Hackenbroch, Yvonne , Chelsea and Other English Porcelain Pottery and Enamel in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, London, 1957.

  • Hackenbroch, Yvonne , English Furniture with Some Furniture of Other Countries in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, London, 1958.

  • Hackenbroch, Yvonne , English and Other Needlework Tapestries and Textiles in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, London, 1955.

  • Hall, Michael, 'Ham House' , Country Life, 14 August 2003.

  • 'M. Harris & Sons 1868–1968' , centenary catalogue, London, 1968.

  • M. Harris & Sons , 'Catalogue and Index of Old Furniture and Works of Decorative Art', Part I 1560–1740, Part II 1730–1780, Part III 1770–1840, London, circa 1925.

  • M. Harris & Sons , The English Chair – Its History and Evolution, London, 1937.

  • Harris, Eileen , The Furniture of Robert Adam, London, 1963.

  • Harris, John, Geoffrey de Bellaigue and Oliver Millar , Buckingham Palace, New York, 1968.

  • Hayward, Helena , 'The Drawings of John Linnell in the Victoria and Albert Museum', Furniture History Journal, 1969.

  • Hayward, Helena , Thomas Johnson and the English Rococo, London, 1964.

  • Hayward, Helena , World Furniture: An Illustrated History, London, 1965.

  • Hayward, Helena , and Pat Kirkham, William and John Linnell, Eighteenth Century London Furniture Makers, 2 vols, London, 1980.

  • Hayward, Helena, and E. Till , 'Furniture Discovery at Burghley', Country Life, 7 June 1973.

  • Hepplewhite, George , The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, London, 1788.

  • Hepplewhite, George , The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 3rd edition, London, 1794.

  • Hill, Oliver, and John Cornforth , English Country Houses: Caroline 1625–1685, Woodbridge, 1966.

  • Hinckley, F. Lewis , A Directory of Antique Furniture, New York, 1953.

  • Hinckley, F. Lewis , Hepplewhite, Sheraton and Regency Furniture, New York, 1987.

  • Hinckley, F. Lewis , Metropolitan Furniture of the Georgian Years, London, 1987.

  • Hinckley, F. Lewis , The More Significant Georgian Furniture, New York University Press, 1990.

  • Hinckley, F. Lewis , The More Significant Regency Furniture, New York, 1991.

  • Hinckley, F. Lewis , A Directory of Queen Anne, Early Georgian and Chippendale Furniture, New York, 1971.

  • Hinckley, F. Lewis , Queen Anne and Georgian Looking Glasses, New York, 1987.

  • Hope, Thomas , Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1807.

  • Horswell, Jane , Bronze Sculpture of 'Les Animaliers', London, 1971.

  • Howard, David S. , A Tale of Three Cities: Canton, Shanghai and Hong Kong, London 1997.

  • Hughes, Bernard and Therle , English Painted Enamels, London, 1951.

  • Christopher , English Country Houses, Late Georgian 1800–1840, London, 1958.

  • Hussey, Christopher , English Country Houses, Mid-Georgian 1760–1800, London, 1956.

  • Iddon, John , Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill, London, 1996.

  • Ince, William, and John Mayhew , The Universal System for Household Furniture, London, 1762.

  • Jackson-Stops, Gervase , The Treasure Houses of Britain, Yale, 1986.

  • Johnson, Peter , Chairs, London, 1989.

  • Johnson, Thomas , A Collection of Designs, 1758.

  • Johnson, Thomas , One Hundred and Fifty New Designs, 1758.

  • Johnson, Thomas , Twelve Girandoles, 1755.

  • Jones, William , The Gentleman or Builder's Companion, 1739.

  • Jourdain, Margaret , English Decoration and Furniture of the Later 18th Century, 1760–1820, London, 1922.

  • Jourdain, Margaret , Regency Furniture 1795–1820, 2nd revised edition, London, 1949.

  • Jourdain, Margaret , The Work of William Kent, London, 1948.

  • Jourdain, Margaret, and R. Soame Jenyns , Chinese Export Art in the Eighteenth Century, London, 1950.

  • Jourdain, Margaret, and F. Rose , English Furniture, the Georgian Period 1750–1830, London, 1953.

  • Joy, Edward T. , Chairs, London, 1980.

  • Joy, Edward T. , The Country Life Book of Chairs, London, 1968.

  • Joy, Edward T. , English Furniture 1800–1851, London, 1977.

  • Kendrick, A. F. , 'Old English Furniture, Needlework and Silver', Old Furniture, London, 1929.

  • Kisluk-Grosheide, Daniëlle O. , Wolfram Koeppe and William Rieder, European Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2006.

  • Knight of Glin, The , Irish Furniture, London, 2007.

  • Knight of Glin, The, and James Peill , Irish Furniture: Woodwork and Carving in Ireland from the Earliest Times to the Act of Union, New Haven and London, 2007.

  • Lanmon, Dwight P. , The Golden Ages of English Glass 1650–1775, Woodbridge, 2011.

  • de Lassale, Jacques Dubarry , Identifying Marble, Dourdan, 2000.

  • Latham, Charles H. , In English Homes, Vol. I, London, 1904.

  • Latham, Charles H. , In English Homes, Vol. III, London, 1909.

  • Lennox-Boyd, Edward (ed.) , Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, London, 1998.

  • Lenygon, Francis , Furniture in England from 1660 to 1760, London, 1914.

  • Litchfield, Frederick , Illustrated History of English Furniture, London, 1922.

  • Lock, Matthias , Six Sconces, 2nd edition, 1768.

  • Lock, Matthias , Six Tables, 1746.

  • Lock, Matthias, and Henry Copland , A New Book of Ornaments, 1752.

  • Lockwood, Luke Vincent , Colonial Furniture in America, New York, 1926.

  • Loomes, Brian , The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, London, 1981.

  • McConnell, Andy , The Decanter – An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650, Woodbridge, 2004.

  • Macquoid, Percy , A History of English Furniture, vol, I, 'The Age of Oak', London, 1904.

  • Macquoid, Percy , A History of English Furniture, vol. II, 'The Age of Walnut', London, 1905.

  • Macquoid, Percy , A History of English Furniture, vol. III, 'The Age of Mahogany', London, 1906.

  • Macquoid, Percy , A History of English Furniture, vol. IV, 'The Age of Satinwood', London, 1908.

  • Macquoid, Percy, 'Furniture of the XVII & XVIII Centuries Mr. Percival Griffiths' Collection' , Country Life, 27 January 1912.

  • Macquoid, Percy, and Ralph Edwards , The Dictionary of English Furniture, 3 vols, new edition revised by Ralph Edwards, London, 1954.

  • Mallett, W. E. , An Introduction to Old English Furniture, Bath, 1904.

  • Manwaring, Robert , Cabinet and Chair-Maker's Real Friend and Companion, 1765.

  • Manwaring, Robert , The Chair Maker's Guide, London, 1766.

  • Metropolitan University , The Frederick Parker Collection, London, n.d.

  • Miller, Judith , Furniture, London, 2005.

  • Mortimer, Martin , The English Glass Chandelier, London, 2000.

  • Mortimer, Martin , 'The Irish Mirror Chandelier', Country Life, 16 December 1971.

  • Moss Harris & Sons , Old English Furniture, Designers and Craftsmen, London, 1934.

  • Mulliner, H. H. , The Decorative Arts in England 1660–1780, London, 1923.

  • Murdoch, Tessa, 'The King's Cabinet-Maker: The Giltwood Furniture of James Moore the Elder' , The Burlington Magazine, June 2003.

  • Musgrave, Clifford , Adam and Hepplewhite and Other Neo-Classical Furniture, London, 1966.

  • Musgrave, Clifford , Regency Furniture 1800–1830, London, 1961, revised edition 1970.

  • Musson, Jeremy , English Country House Interiors, London, 2011.

  • Nickerson, David , English Furniture, London, 1963.

  • Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks, York, 1987.

  • O'Reilly, Sean , Irish Houses and Gardens, London, 1998.

  • Parrott Bacot, H. , Nineteenth Century Lighting – Candle Powered Devices 1783–1883, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1987.

  • Peck, Amelia , Period Rooms in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2004.

  • Reade, Brian , Regency Antiques, London, 1953.

  • Riley, Noel , Penwork, Wetherby, 2008.

  • Riley, Noel , Stones' Pocket Guide to Tea Caddies, Peace Haven, 2002.

  • Roberts, Jane , George III and Queen Charlotte: Patronage Collection and Court Taste, London, 2004.

  • Roberts, Hugh , For The King's Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle, London, 2001.

  • Robinson, Martin , Old Letter Boxes, Princes Risborough, 2000.

  • Rogers, John C. , revised by Margaret Jourdain, English Furniture, revised 3rd edition, London, 1929.

  • Saumarez-Smith, Charles , Eighteenth-Century Decoration: Design and the Domestic Interior, London, 1993.

  • Schiffer, Herbert F. , The Mirror Book: English, American & European, Exton, Pennsylvania, 1983.

  • Sheraton, Thomas , The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, London, 1791.

  • Sheraton, Thomas , The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, revised 3rd edition, London, 1802.

  • Smith, George , A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1808.

  • Smith, John P. , The Art of Enlightenment, London, 1994.

  • Sothebys , The Ivory Hammer, London, 1972.

  • Stalker, John, and George Parker , A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing, London, 1688. Reprinted, Reading, 1998.

  • Stratton, Arthur , The English Interior, London, 1920.

  • Stuart, Susan E. , Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730–1840, Woodbridge, 2008.

  • Symonds, R. W. , English Furniture from Charles II to George II, London, 1929.

  • Symonds, R. W. , Furniture Making in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century England, London, 1955

  • Symonds, R. W. , Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, London, 1940.

  • Symonds, R. W. , Old English Walnut and Lacquer Furniture, New York, 1923.

  • Symonds, R. W. , Thomas Tompion, His Life and Work, London, 1951.

  • Symonds, R. W. , The Present State of Old English Furniture, London, 1921.

  • Synge, Lanto , Art of Embroidery, Woodbridge, 2001.

  • Synge, Lanto , Chairs, London, 1978.

  • Synge, Lanto , Mallett's Great English Furniture, London, 1991.

  • Synge, Lanto , Mallett Millennium, London, 1999.

  • Tatham, Charles Heathcote , Etchings of Ancient Ornamental Architecture, London, 1799.

  • Thurley, Simon , Hampton Court, London, 2004.

  • Tom Devenish, New York, 2000.

  • Tomlin, Maurice , Catalogue of Adam Period Furniture in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1972.

  • Tomlin, Maurice , English Furniture, London, 1972.

  • Treuherz, Julian , The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2004.

  • Trueblood, Nancy , 'The Taste for Lacquer', Connoisseur, May 1987.

  • Vardy, John , Some Designs of Mr. Inigo Jones and Mr. William Kent, 1744.

  • Vernay, Arthur S. , The Vernay Collection for the Spring of 1929, New York, 1929.

  • Vernay, Arthur S. , Autumn 1952, New York, 1952.

  • Walkling, Gillian , Tea Caddies, London, 1985.

  • Ward-Jackson, Peter , English Furniture Designs, London, 1984.

  • Ward-Jackson, Peter , English Furniture Designs of the Eighteenth Century, London, 1959.

  • Weale, John , Old English and French Ornament, London, 1846.

  • Whitbread, Major S. , Southill – A Regency House, London, n.d.

  • White, Elizabeth , Pictorial Dictionary of British 18th Century Furniture Design: The Printed Sources, London, 1990.

  • Wills, Geoffrey , English Furniture 1550–1760, London, 1971.

  • Wills, Geoffrey , English Furniture 1760–1900, London, 1979.

  • Wills, Geoffrey , English and Irish Glass, London, 1968.

  • Wills, Geoffrey , English Looking-glasses, London, 1965.

  • Witney Antiques Ltd. , An Invitation to Tea, Witney, 1991.

  • Wood, Lucy , Catalogue of Commodes, Liverpool, 1994.

  • Wood, Lucy , Upholstered Furniture in The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2009.

  • Woods, R. A. , English Furniture in the Bank of England, London, 1972.