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How To Know Period Styles In Furniture Seventh Edition
by Kimerly, W. L.
Published by Mich Periodical Pub. Co. 7th Printing 1928. (1912)
Hardcover 153 pages Measures 9x6 inches Weighs 14 ounces

Condition: Good.
Solid sturdy copy; blue cloth boards with white text at cover. Cover shows a bit of age/wear, a small ding straight through the cloth about halfway down the front cover very near spine. (similar at back cover though lower) Corners scuffed. Overall aged.
Remarkably sturdy - and the pages are clean. There are SO many illustrations, most nearly every page and sometimes several per page - a true resource for the collector.

The history of furniture in those countries where it can
be traced closely follows the character, customs and environ­
ments of the people and corresponds in growth to the develop­
ment of their civilization and refinement, the skill of their
workmen and the use of improved tools, etc., etc.
In order to give a brief outline of its history from the
oldest civilization to the present time we will begin with
There are very few original pieces of furniture of the
early ages in existence and most of the information of this
period is gathered from illustrations. However, owing to
climatic and other conditions, a number of genuine specimens
of Egyptian furniture have come down to us and we have a
more complete record of the work of this country than many
of the later nations.
The Assyrians, Babylonians and Jews, who were next in
order, did not develop anything distinct in style, and have
left very few specimens that can be attributed to them.
Next come the Greeks, whose work in classic art shows
such an exquisite sense of beauty and form that their influence
on succeeding styles has been very great. Roman art was
greatly influenced by them but they added to it and developed
certain characteristics of their own. One distinct feature of
their work which differed from the Greeks, was their use of
the round arch. The work of the Greeks and Romans forms
what is known as the Gassic in architecture and furniture
After the Roman came a style called Byzantine. Then
the Moslem power arose and with it came the Islam style
of ornament which was confined chiefly to floral and geomet­
rical motives. The Moslem religion prohibited them from
using human or animal forms in their designs. They also
developed a peculiar style of pointed arch. Meanwhile

How To Know Period Styles In Furniture Kimerly, W. L. Mich Periodical Pub. Co. 7th Printing 1928 (1912) Hardcover Illustrated Book


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