Research Tool: A brief intro to furniture history

How to know period furnitureWhen writing there will come a moment when you have to deal with furniture.  If it’s historical fantasy, steampunk or timetravel you’ll face the question of finding something that is period correct.  What did people sit on in 1650? How long have drop-leaf tables been around?  What was the most expensive wood?

Props Master, Eric Hart, has an introduction to furniture with a number of useful links for European influenced furniture.

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  1. Barry Burnett

    Just thinking that Witold Rybczynski’s book, Home, a Short History of an Idea (1986)tracks the idea of comfort down through the ages, with a particular focus on furniture–how chairs and tables broke down for travel,the lack of upholstery except (maybe)for royalty, etc.