ElgaKoster Posted March 8, 2015 Share Posted March 8, 2015 For the last two months or so I have been trying to decide on a chair to make for the Cape Dutch bedroom, most of the Cape made chairs are more suitable for dining rooms...and then last week I saw this chair after I clicked on a link on a blog that I follow for Bonhams newest upcoming furniture action...and I started thinking this might be just what I looked for...last night one of my friends from The Netherlands send me the link as well suggesting that it might be a nice project for my house.I think style wise it would look great with all the other furniture I have planned for the bedroom and in all my research on what people had in their houses in the early 1800's it seems that enough beds were very important to the people back then. Summers in the Cape is hot and dry and as a daybed I think this would have been a welcome piece of furniture for any lady. This will be a really nice piece to make in miniature, probably going to be my next big project.You can see it partly unfolded here http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22303/lot/22/In all my research I found a wonderful source to explore what people really had in their houses back then, detailed inventories of households were done when people died and are now available online. In the 1700's it seems furniture was just stuffed haphazardly into rooms, with the coming of the British in the early 1800's decorating started to become more like we know it today with each room fulfilling a specific function. Here are links to three of the inventories, the older ones are all in Dutch, in the first link which are in Dutch, just look at how much stuff there is in the first room...a four poster bed, another bed, 60 chairs (why on earth?), a harpsichord and much more, this was in the days of slavery, if you scroll right down you will see the names of the slaves with their country of origin listed too.http://databases.tanap.net/mooc/main_article.cfm?id=MOOC8%2F5%2E142a&freesearchkey=EksteenTwo inventories in englishhttp://databases.tanap.net/mooc/main_article.cfm?id=MOOC8%2F43%2E30&freesearchkey=Chairhttp://databases.tanap.net/mooc/main_article.cfm?id=MOOC8%2F45%2E129&freesearchkey=Chair Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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