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Zulu55

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02-08-2012 07:15 AM

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Hey all,

I didn’t know where else to put this post so here goes:

I am wondering if there are online resources for furniture design from way back when. I’m talking Egypt or even more interesting (personally), medieval times. I am curious to learn more about the furniture used way back then and why it was made that way. Also, I think it would make an interesting conversation piece if one were to be duplicated “oh, it’s an exact replica of something that may have been found in a castle in the 1200’s”.

Kind of random but after messing around on google, etc I couldn’t really find any good resources.

Thanks in advance LJ’s!

Adam

P.S.> Since the topic has been started, in addition to any direction to appropriate website or other resources, if you any of you have already done this, feel free to reply with a picture and an explanation of your favorite piece from the middle ages or earlier!

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)


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#1 posted 02-08-2012 07:33 AM

I used to hang out in the SCA:
http://www.currentmiddleages.org/tents/furniture.htm

There’s also this book by a not very well-informed furniture
builder by today’s standards. There are gaps in his basic
knowledge of the craft but the book is ok:
http://www.amazon.com/Constructing-Medieval-Furniture-Instructions-Historical/dp/0811727955

The author wrote another book later, which may be better. I don’t
have the second book so I cannot say.

There is authentic gothic furniture in North America but obviously
you have to seek it out in museums. Large metropolitan areas
will have dealers who buy and sell some of this real old stuff
and you can go look at it. Mostly what you’ll find is liturgical
in function.

I have some other books with Egyptian things in them. Tomb
pieces don’t always reflect what people used in day to
day life though. There’s a lot of Egyptian wood tomb
stuff in The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

There was a revival in the Napoleonic era of the Egyptian style coinciding
with early archeology in Egypt. The style is known as
“Empire” but it’s sort of like Egyptian mixed with Chippendale
and other master designers of the post-renaissance period.

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