1st Edition

A Short Dictionary of Furniture Containing Over 2,600 Entries That Include Terms and Names Used in Britain and the USA

By John Gloag Copyright 1969
    814 Pages
    by Routledge

    814 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1952 but enlarged and revised in 1969, this dictionary became a standard authoritative work of reference. It contains 2,612 entries and over 1,000 illustrations, reproduced from contemporary sources and from drawings by Ronald Escott, Marcelle Barton and Maureen Stafford. The work is divided into 6 sections: the first and second concern the description and design of furniture, the third contains the entries, the fourth gives a list of furniture makers in Britain and North America, section five records books and periodicals on furniture and design and the concluding section sets out in tabular form the periods with the materials used, and types of craftsmen employed from 1100 to 1950.


    An author of almost sixty books, with topics ranging from interiors to furniture history, from industrial design to the use of plastics, Gloag was a member of an elite design culture that was highly visible throughout the 1930s and 40s.

    Reviews of the original edition of a Short Dictionary of Furniture:

    ‘…the admirable format is typical of the tidy mind and broad scope of its author’s research.’ The Times

    ‘May well become a standard reference book of furniture terms…’ The Architect

    ‘Contains a wide range of knowledge and information which illuminates the social history of the English-speaking peoples over eight and a half centuries.’ Manchester Evening News