Item #98070 Colonial Furniture of Western Australia 1829-1910. Timothy E. Harris.
Colonial Furniture of Western Australia 1829-1910

Colonial Furniture of Western Australia 1829-1910

WA: Author, 2020. 1st ed., quarto, pp.xiv, 537, b&w and col. plates, pictorial e.p.s., fine in d.j. Limited edition of 950 copies. [please note: this is a heavy book and will require additional postage]

The essential reference for collectors, dealers, auctioneers, investors, curators and historians and the first complete study of Western Australian colonial furniture published to date in large format colour. The Swan River colony was settled in 1829 and was the most isolated of all the colonies under British rule. As a result of this isolation an insular conservative society developed adapting itself to the local conditions and a landscape dominated by Eucalypts and acacias. As a distinct regional type the furniture makers in Western Australia produced functional pieces from native timbers harder than the typical ideal woods found in Britain or on the East coast of Australia. All types of furniture used in a colonial home or farmhouse as well as the rare finely made pieces were searched for over a wide geographical area and documented for this study. The book includes histories and biographies of firms and people involved in the making of furniture. One of the largest manufacturing companies in Perth in the 1880's was ' Smith and Company' (later renamed the 'WA Manufacturing Company). The registered partners of the firm included some of the well known Western Australians: Alexander Forrest, Robert F Sholl, Maitland Brown, John F Hancock, F.C. Monger, Andrew Dempster as well as Sydney merchant, Anthony Hordern of 'The Palace Emporium' (Sydney), a silent partner. In 1884, the WA Manufacturing Company built a new three storey building in Goderich Street Perth, which was also named 'The Palace Emporium'. Item #98070

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