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Chats on Old Furniture by Arthur Hayden is an essential guide for any furniture collector or enthusiast. In this comprehensive book, Hayden takes readers on an immersive journey through the history, craftsmanship, and various styles of old furniture.

One of the significant strengths of this book is the author's ability to balance technical information with engaging storytelling. Hayden's writing is both informative and entertaining, allowing readers to grasp complex concepts without feeling overwhelmed. His passion for the subject matter shines through, making each chapter a joy to read.

Hayden covers a wide range of topics, delving into the origins of furniture, the evolution of styles, and the materials and techniques utilized by skilled craftsmen. He analyzes a variety of furniture forms, from chairs and tables to cabinets and beds, providing valuable insight into design elements, construction methods, and the historical context in which these pieces were created.

What sets Chats on Old Furniture apart from other similar books is the author's commitment to practical advice for collectors. Hayden offers guidance on how to assess the age, authenticity, and overall value of old furniture, equipping readers with the knowledge necessary for informed decision-making. He imparts valuable tips on recognizing reproductions and distinguishing them from genuine antique pieces, ensuring readers avoid costly mistakes.

The inclusion of detailed illustrations and photographs is another standout feature of this book. Hayden's meticulous attention to visual detail enhances the reading experience, enabling readers to better appreciate the nuanced characteristics of different furniture styles. These visuals not only aid in identification but also serve as a source of inspiration for those looking to incorporate old furniture into their own homes.

One potential limitation of Chats on Old Furniture is that it may be overwhelming to complete beginners in the field. While Hayden's writing is accessible and approachable, individuals with no prior knowledge of furniture history or terminology may find certain sections challenging to understand. However, for those willing to invest the time and effort in learning, this book serves as an excellent primer on the subject.

In conclusion, Chats on Old Furniture by Arthur Hayden is an indispensable resource for anyone passionate about collecting, studying, or appreciating old furniture. Hayden's expertise, combined with his engaging writing style, creates a book that is both educational and enjoyable to read. From its historical context to its practical advice, this book is a must-have for furniture enthusiasts looking to deepen their understanding and enhance their collection.

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[Illustration: Jacobean Chair. ]


Press Notices, First Edition.

"Mr. Hayden knows his subject intimately." Pall Mall Gazette.

"The hints to collectors are the best and clearest we have seen; so that altogether this is a model book of its kind." Athenæum.

"A useful and instructive volume." Spectator.

"An abundance of illustrations completes a well written and well constructed history." Daily News.

"Mr. Hayden's taste is sound and his knowledge thorough." Scotsman.

"A book of more than usual comprehensiveness and more than usual merit." Vanity Fair.

"Mr. Hayden has worked at his subject on systematic lines, and has made his book what it purports to be a practical guide for the collector." Saturday Review.



Second Edition.

Price 5s. net.

With Coloured Frontispiece and Reproductions of 156 Marks and 89 Specimens of China.

A List of SALE PRICES and a full INDEX increase the usefulness of the Volume.

This is a handy book of reference to enable Amateur Collectors to distinguish between the productions of the various factories.

Press Notices, First Edition.

"A handsome handbook that the amateur in doubt will find useful, and the china lover will enjoy for its illustrations, and for the author's obvious love and understanding of his subject... Continue reading book >>

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