The Art of Graining: How Acquired and How Produced. With Description of Colors and Their Applications. With Lithographic Illustrations of the Various Woods Used in Interior Finishing
by Pickert, Charles & A. Metcalf
Brief 21 pp. text including instructions on how to mix and apply colors to achieve the effect of wood graining, with specific instructions for various woods including oak, black walnut, rosewood, maple, ash, and chestnut, followed by 42 full-page color plates demonstrating a range of grains that can be replicated of the various types of woods with an eye towards their application in interior design. Scattered foxing, minor staining, several plates with minor damp staining at left side of margin, repairs to back endpaper. 4to. Cloth, minor rubbing to extremities, minor soiling. New York (Van Nostrand) 1872. The use of wood graining as a decorative technique in interior decoration was popular beginning in the 18th century. Light layers of paints and glazes were applied using specialized brushes and combs to imitate the appearance of wood grain patterns. While some decorative graining was very imaginative and whimsical, the examples included in this book mimic highly realistic and natural patterns of wood grain. (Inventory #: 48490)
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