medium of furniture is used to illuminate not only how people at all
social levels lived, but how they
thought about themselves and their surroundings. The subject is
dealt with chronologically, and uses
numerous detailed case studies. The accepted view, which sees
'country' or 'provincial' furniture as essentially derivative, is
challenged; an alternative approach is recommended, which recognizes
the central part played by craftsmen and suggests that development
and innovation can take place in areas far removed from metropolitan centres.
As the acknowledged expert Richard Bebb brings
together 16 years of original research in this book published by Saer Books.
Richard (who was born in the Rhondda and now
lives in Kidwelly) demonstrates that the tridarns, coffers and
dressers, so familiar to us as Welsh pieces, were part of a vital and
The author argues successfully that the
distinctiveness of Welsh Furniture owes much to its production by
craftsmen in villages and market towns serving customers with whom
they were in everyday contact. Using native
oak, they produced functional yet beautiful artefacts designed to
suit their rural homes. Many have lasted down the generations and are
still to be found
in their original settings. Not surprisingly, his fresh approach has
already been well-received in Wales. But Richard Bebb is a well-known
figure amongst both furniture historians and antique dealers and it
is in no doubt that his closely-argued analysis will find acceptance
across the border. The meticulous research and use of original source
material makes this a ground-breaking study of regional furniture,
and shows how the artefacts used and loved by generations past can
tell us so much about Wales's historical and cultural heritage.
These volumes are a must-have for anyone
interested in furniture and design history
and anyone with a passion for Welsh history and culture.
Foreword by Dr Eurwyn Wiliam, Deputy Director
National Museum Wales
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There are two volumes each of approximately 380 pages
11.5 ins (290 mm) by 9.5 ins (240 mm).
Casebound in cloth with colour dust jackets, both volumes contained
in a colour slipcase.
Over 1500 (mostly colour) plates - the majority
of which are of previously unpublished pieces and commissioned
specifically for this project.
RRP £150 GBP
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