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French Furniture : From Louis XIII to Art Deco Paperback – June, 2001


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Sylvie Chadenet is an authority on French furniture and antiques. She lives in her native France.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821226835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821226834
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vicky on June 17, 2006
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If you only have one reference book in your library on French Furniture, this is the one. For the beginning collector, the book provides clarification on terms and furniture types. For an appraiser, it's a great resource to help with identification of those forms which you do not see very often. There are only sketches, but they are clear, and provide very good detail. For those who simply want a better understanding of French furniture, this book is put together very well, and is easy to follow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Another reader on September 3, 2006
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I'm an interior designer who collects important period 18th century French furniture. This book IS THE MOST EFFICIENT general reference to the particular periods covered and a minute step beyond the basics and generalities. For serious collectors & those who have already done their major homework - it is doubtful that you would attain additional knowledge from this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Shahi on January 25, 2005
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I am new to the techniques and methodologies of identifying French furniture. This book provides a good glossary of French terms which describe the characteristics of pieces and it provides a modest description for the common pieces made in the various styles. Line drawings and sketches provide examples of the characteristics described in the text. There are no photos, but the sketches are quite good. I'm rating the book a four because I think there should be more sketches. Not all the items described are exemplified with a drawing. Otherwise, this is a great book for getting started. The content is clear and does not bog down in minutia.
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This is a great reference manual. It arrived in a timely fashion.It is chocked FULL of beautifully detailed illustrations and clear, informative descriptions. I wish the typeset was larger, it's a bit too small. but it will do. The actual quality of the book itself is outstanding.I will not be lending this one out! I highly recommend it. easy reading as well.I think this book is a foundation reference for any serious furniture lover and student.
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Through simple illustrations, this book lays out the periods of French furniture design in a clear, easy to comprehend manner. If you want to understand what you like, and what elements you are looking for, this is a great tool!
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