When Oak Was New


Living with Early Oak

Illustrated with more than 750 photographs of early English furniture -- most from private collections not previously published -- together with paintings and engravings of the period.

Read Samples from When Oak Was New

Excerpt from Chapter 2 (Seeing Ourselves)

Excerpt from Chapter 6 (Properly Seated)

288 pages, 8-1/4" x 10", paperback

$39.95

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Reader Raves

"I just had to tell you I am really enjoying your book. It is just so fantastic... I honestly keep re-reading the same pages because I find it so damn interesting." -- BH, Massachusetts

"Please know that I am thoroughly enjoying your new book for the second time! Your approach of combining social and material culture is fantastic-so edifying and an easy read. I have learned many new things; your book has answered many questions." --  DH, Massachusetts

"Filled with important facts and wonderful illustrations ... A book hard to put down especially for us oak lovers! I will send all my friends to your website so they too can purchase this wonderful bible on period oak furniture." -- GW, New York.

"I am immensely enjoying When Oak Was New. It's fascinating and wonderful.  I have the same feeling of excitement reading each page as I did when I first read Anthony Conybeare's books on bible boxes." -- JF, New York

"Received your beautiful book !!! A masterpiece !!!  A historical read -- omg!" -- GR, Massachusetts

"Truly a fabulous book! I can"t stop reading it!" -- LJ

"It is one of the MOST difficult books to put down! So well written as to be much more of a conversation after dinner than a quiet read. It is brilliant and a landmark tome." -- AC, Massachusetts

"Started the book at 8:15 pm and didn’t put it down until past 11.  Took it up again at 5 am and finished it (first go ‘round) at 7:15 this am.  I have been waiting for it for years, quite without knowing . . .   I was riveted, obviously." -- CB, Cincinnati

"Just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying When Oak Was New. It is simply wonderful and brings to light such new insights into the culture as well as the furnishings of 16th and 17th century England. Your book allows us to better 'hear' the stories told by the few pieces that we own, and treasure so very much." -- VG, Washington State

"Spectacular!" -- K & J W, New Jersey

"Nice when someone actually knows something and has thought, productively, about it." -- EK, Connecticut.

"Filled with important facts and wonderful illustrations. ... A book hard to put down especially for us oak lovers! I will send all my friends to your website so they too can purchase this wonderful bible on period oak furniture." -- GW, New York

"I am immensely enjoying When Oak Was New. It's fascinating and wonderful.  I have the same feeling of excitement reading each page as I did when I first read Anthony Conybeare's books on bible boxes." -- JF, New York

Advance Praise for When Oak Was New

"John Fiske reminds us that understanding context is just as important in connoisseurship as is learning about materials, techniques, design, and ornament. When Oak Was New embraces important information in a well-written and well-illustrated text that explains why these objects look as they do and what to look for in the antiques marketplace. If you are interested in early furniture, this book should be on your shelf."

-- Philip Zea, President, Historic Deerfield, Inc.

"Quotations from contemporary sources and extensive picture galleries punctuate the lucid prose that tells the story of early oak furniture and its development with enthusiasm and humour. An exceptional work for both reference and everyday use."

-- John Andrews, author of British Antique Furniture

"I loved this book. The blend of cultural history and pictures is wonderful. A wonderful read through early modern English furniture and culture, this book tells us how people sat, saved their valuables, rocked their babies, and slept in their beds."

-- Barbara A. Hanawalt, King George III Professor Emerita of British History, The Ohio State University