Troubador Collinson & Lock

Released: 28/02/2022

ISBN: 9781803131047

Format: Hardback

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Collinson & Lock

Art Furnishers, Interior Decorators and Designers 1870-1900


Victorian furnishers and decorators Collinson & Lock were a model of the art furniture business of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. This book is the first wide-ranging study of this once highly important company. It will give insights into the workings and productions of a London furnishing business in the period. It also provides information on a wide variety of topics including furniture design developments, interior design styles, business practices, working practices and techniques, and the firm’s customers and competitors.

Clive Edwards first considers the structure of the London ‘art furniture’ trade and its development to locate the firm in its community. He then traces the growth of the firm’s business, its involvement with important international exhibitions, the designers they worked with, and the furniture and interiors they produced.

This important book then outlines and discusses Collinson & Lock’s creations ranging from seminal pieces that were designed for an exclusive clientele, to those displayed at national and international exhibitions between 1871 and 1900, through to batch produced objects that still maintained the quality and design that the firm was famous for. The involvement of the firm with both public and private interior decoration commissions is also examined through case studies, including those in the Anglo-Japanese, Queen Anne, Old English, and Renaissance styles used in the later Victorian period.

Drawing on the author's extensive knowledge of nineteenth-century furniture and interiors, this book meets a need for a fully researched and illustrated reference work on this famous firm. If you have an interest in the history of furniture and interior design, if you are involved with furniture collections either on a private basis or professionally, or you simply have an interest in the decorative arts and culture of the period, this book should be on your shelves.

Invited paper to be presented to the conference:

I have been invited to give a talk to the The Wonder of Wood: Decorative Inlay and Marquetry in Europe and America 1600 1900. A Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and Philadelphia Museum of Art Conference
April 26 to 28, 2022:

The paper will be on the specific topic of Collinson and Lock's marquetry work.

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Clive Edwards

Clive Edwards is Emeritus Professor of Design History at Loughborough University. He has particular interests in furniture and interiors of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His works include monographs, as well as contributions to multi-authored works and journals on interiors, architecture, and home furnishings. These include Victorian Furniture: Technology and Design (1993), Twentieth Century Furniture: Materials, Manufacture and Markets (1994), Furniture Materials, Trades and Techniques (2001) Turning Houses into Homes (2005), Le Commerce du Luxe (2015), The Objects and Textures of Everyday Life in Imperial Britain (2016). Until recently he was general editor of the Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design. His latest publication is a four-volume edition of edited primary source materials on Nineteenth Century Design (Routledge 2021).

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