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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Guide to Early English Oak Furniture, 1 May 2009
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A. I. Morrell (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Living With Early Oak: Seventeenth - Century English Furniture (Hardcover)
In `Living with Early Oak' John Fiske and Lisa Freeman share the vast amount of knowledge and experience which they have gained as specialist dealers in early oak furniture and related objects.

All of the main types of oak furniture and objects that the collector or dealer is likely to encounter are covered. Construction methods and stylistic treatments are discussed, together with guidelines to dating individual pieces. The typical repairs and restoration to be found on each class of object are detailed, together with a discussion of the effect on desirability and value.

Exceptional pieces are highlighted and contrasted with lesser pieces to inform and educate the reader. There are separate chapters on restoration, later `improvements', composite pieces, a guide to assessing desirability and a useful bibliography.

If there were one criticism of this volume it would be the absence of colour images as the all-important aspects of `colour' and `patination' are difficult to appreciate in black-and-white photographs. However since these concepts can really only be grasped by looking at and handling objects this is only a minor fault.

Overall `Living with Early Oak' contains a wealth of information that could otherwise only be gained through many years of dealing or collecting in this field. It represents a very readable, practical and accessible book and is likely to appeal to both novice and experienced collectors and dealers alike. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in this field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful overview of the furniture and historical context, 15 Feb 2010
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Mr. Mg Johnson (Essex, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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'Living With Early Oak' offers both a wonderful introduction to early English oak furniture and an opportunity to deepen our appreciation. The section on tables and seating is especially insightful, offering descriptions of social etiquette of the period and how a design of chair or table evolved in line with social norms so that we can 'read' the furniture far more closely.

And then from this historical perspective, Fiske and Freeman talk to the reader directly on how to judge the quality of a piece, how much to pay for it, how to care for it, and how to view these beautiful, collectible objects as potential investments.

As the previous reviewer points out, however, the only down side is the fact that all photographs are black and white. Having said that, if you love early English oak furniture you will love this book.
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