A Furniture Refinisher's Newsletter: or how to get ahead in the antiques market (more or less)

Jeanne Winstead
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This book gives the reader a playful peek into our twenty-year journey into the fascinating world of furniture refinishing and antiques. Originally “penned” as a scroll to market Ben’s refinishing work on our website, this book also captures the history of our business over the years: how we got started; how we expanded; and ultimately, where it all lead. Along the way we share an appreciation of all things old and beautiful, hopefully revealing the inner potential of both human beings and old furniture. We also include some helpful tips and how-to’s (most learned the hard way) in the hopes of helping and inspiring others who are on this journey. In any case, if you love seeing dramatic transformations and lots of photos of antiques, are in love with the idea of restoring antiques, are a do-it-yourselfer, are interested in starting a business, or are simply searching for an alternate world to get lost in, then perhaps this book is for you.
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Jeanne Winstead along with her husband Ben ran a small sideline furniture refinishing and antiques business called Second Looks for twenty years. In A Furniture Refinisher’s Newsletter she takes a light-hearted look at some of their business adventures through the years. She also throws in the occasional piece of advice on buying, selling, and refinishing antiques, and at the end includes some practical observations for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to refinish a piece of furniture or start his or her own refinishing/antique business. In her personal life, Jeanne is a retired programmer/analyst and instructional designer who lives with her husband Ben, two cats, six chickens, two draft mules, and other occasional boarders in a hundred-year-old farmhouse on 2.77 acres of ground in southern Tippecanoe County outside of Lafayette, Indiana (okay, the chickens and mules don't actually live IN the farmhouse, at least not usually). Jeanne enjoys gardening, photography, and writing. Her blog, in which she actively writes on variety of topics, can be found at http://www.secondlooks.blogspot.com. Her writing has been featured, along with other local writers, in More Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press, 1994.

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Jeanne Winstead
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Nov 28, 2017
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Antiques & Collectibles / Furniture
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Thomas Chippendale (1718–79) was the most famous and most skilled of England's master cabinet-makers. So synonymous with excellence in design and craftsmanship was he that his name has been given to the most splendid period of English furniture design.
In 1774, Chippendale issued a catalogue of all his designs, a magnificent compilation of 160 engraved plates representing the prevailing furniture styles, particularly the French (Louis XXV), Gothic, and Chinese-manner pieces for which he was best known. The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, the most important and thorough catalogue of furniture designs that had ever been published in England, was enormously influential, spreading quickly throughout the Continent and the colonies and guiding the style and construction of furniture everywhere. A second edition was formed the following year, and a third in 1762. Today this classic collection is a very rare and highly valued work.
This volume is an unaltered and unabridged republication of the 1762 edition of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. The articles of furniture depicted are extremely varied: chairs, sofas, canopy and dome beds, window cornices, breakfast tables, shaving tables, commodes, chamber organs, cabinets, candle stands, cisterns, chimney pieces, picture frames, frets, and other decorations. The plates contain elegant drawings that show the unique combination of solidity of construction and lightness and grace that was the Chippendale trademark, along with many construction diagrams, elevations, and enlargements of moldings and other details. In addition to the plates, this volume also includes a supplement of photographs of sixteenth-century Chippendale-style pieces, including some executed by Chippendale, complete captions to the photos, and a short biographical sketch of Chippendale by N. I. Bienenstock, editor of Furniture World.
The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director is an indispensable guide for antiquarians, furniture dealers, and collectors, and a treasury of ideas for today's designers. Art lovers and other readers will also find it a delightful browsing book.

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