See also:English 18th-century furniture designer and
See also:cabinet-maker . The solitary
See also:biographical fact we possess
See also:relating to this distinguished craftsman is that he was the author of most of the plates in The Cabinet Maker's
See also:Book of Prices and Designs of Cabinet
See also:Work, issued in 1788 " For the London Society of Cabinet Makers." The majority of these plates were republished separately as Designs for
See also:Household Furniture . They exhibit their author as a man with an
See also:eye at once for simplicity of design and delicacy of proportion . Indeed some of his pieces possess a dainty and slender elegance which has never been surpassed in the
See also:history of English furniture . There can be little doubt that
See also:Shearer exercised considerable influence over
See also:Hepplewhite, with whom there is reason to suppose that he was closely associated, while
See also:Sheraton has recorded his admiration for work which has often been attributed to others . Shearer, in his turn, owes something to the
See also:Adam, and something no doubt, to the stock designs of his predecessors . There is every reason to suppose that he worked at his craft with his own hands and that he was literally a cabinet-maker—so far as we know, he never made chairs . Much of the elegance of Shearer's work is due to his graceful and reticent employment of inlays of satinwood and other
See also:foreign woods . But he was as successful in
See also:form as in decoration, and no man ever used the
See also:curve to better purpose . In Shearer's
See also:time the
See also:sideboard was in
See also:process of
See also:evolution; previously it had been a table with drawers, the pedestals and
See also:knife-boxes being
See also:separate pieces . He would seem to have been first to combine them into the
See also:familiar and often beautiful form they took at the end of the 18th century . The combination may have been made before, but his
See also:plate is, in point of time, the first published document to show it .
Shearer, like many of his contemporaries, was much given to devising "
See also:harlequin " furniture . He was a designer of high merit and real originality, and occupies a distinguished place among the little
See also:band of men, often, like himself,
See also:ill-educated and obscure of origin, who raised the English cabinet-making of the second
See also:half of the 18th century to an illustrious place in
See also:artistic history .
DANIEL SHAYS (1747–1825)
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