The aim of this book is to be of some assistance to those who collect, or propose to collect, English furniture. The subjects of the plates, therefore, have been chosen mainly for the purpose of affording a good general view of the usual types with which a collector may meet.
A false idea of English furniture would be formed if the majority of the objects reproduced were, such as are seldom or never found for sale. At the same time, there are included many rare and beautiful pieces to demonstrate the artistic and technical skills of English designers and cabinetmakers. Mere reproductions of engravings from the pattern- books of Chippendale and his successors have been avoided.
Though very full reference is made to their designs in the text, nothing has been admitted into the plates which is not taken from some existing piece of furniture. The illustrations are arranged at the end of the volume as nearly as possible in the order in which they are required for the elucidation of the text.
The grateful thanks of the author and publishers are due to all those who have so kindly given access to their collections and allowed reproductions to be made from their treasures. Too numerous to mention here, their names will be found in the List of Illustrations, formed mainly for the purpose of recording them.the book details :