A Jacques Barzun Reader: Selections from His Works by Jacques Barzun

By Jacques Barzun

Throughout his occupation Jacques Barzun, writer of the New York Times bestseller and nationwide ebook Award Finalist From sunrise to Decadence, has consistently been often called a witty and sleek essayist, one that combines a intensity of data and a unprecedented facility with words.

Now Michael Murray has conscientiously chosen 80 of Barzun's so much creative, comprehensive, and insightful essays, and compiled them in a single outstanding quantity. With matters starting from background to baseball to crime novels, A Jacques Barzun Reader is a banquet for any reader.

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Noblemen, like kings and princes, were moving around less and with fewer . houses to support could concentrate their wealth upon those they retained. There was also growing taste for comf(Jrt among the wealthy merchants and banktTs in the towns. The hall, although still the most important room in the house, began to decline in importance as smaller rooms were added for specific uses. Furniture, no longer a fitting anchored to the wall, moved out into the room and acquired a new status. Fabrics and hanging~ became less important as the wood was increasingly revealed in furniture and wainscot covered the walls.

His publication, Oeuvre de la dzversite des termes dont on use en arclutecture consists of thirty-seven pages of fanciful term figures, all of very odd design. This is probably why a number of cabinets decorated with almost equally weird figures have been attributed to him (or to the Burgundian area) without any documentation. In France the dressoir or buffet took pride of place, as the cassone did in Italy. In the late sixteenth century all the skill of the menuisier was lavished upon it. Its ancestor was the 'cup board' on which the drinking cups had been placed and the plate displayed in medieval times.

Tables, usually of metal or stone, followed the Roman patterns; dining-tables were mostly round or D-shaped. Simple wooden rectangular tables were common in modest homes. Some elaborate cabinet-maker's pieces were of wood with fitted cupboards under the table top. Fortunately all the techniques and skills of the classical cabinetmakers were preserved in Byzantium. The most frequently illustrated pieces of furniture are thrones and chairs. Thrones appear in the main to have been heavy constructions of wood, architectural in form, with painted decoration, usually set with a matching footstool on a dais with a canopy above.

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