Faculty of Art, Media & Design   » Faculty of Architecture & Spatial Design    
 
Faculty Courses Research Archive

Home
Overview
How to Apply
Contact
News & Events Archive

Pre-Degree
Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Short Courses
International Students

Ethos
Groups
Staff Research
Students
RAE 2008

Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

John Cross
Mahogany in Jamaica was like gold in the reign of Solomon

Conference contribution

The Meeting of East and West in the Furniture Trade
Sixth International Symposium on Wood and Furniture Conservation
Amsterdam

December 13, 2002

proceedings: vol. 6, pp. 65-69, ISSN: 90-806960-3-X

The reduction of import duty on mahogany following the Navigation Act of 1724 made the wood very cheap in Britain.

Using probate inventories and selecting provenanced objects, the paper makes a stark before-and-after juxtaposition, showing how the abundance of mahogany in Jamaica and the Caribbean in the 18th century not only changed fashionable sensibilities, but transformed the London and with it the national furniture trades irrevocably.

The article underlines the impact of economic circumstances on design and production.


read the full paper:

Mahogany in Jamaica was like gold in the reign of Solomon

back to John Cross home page



 
 
 
 
 
London Metropolitan University
*