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Sonia Cordell

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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Useful and simple items made from wood—especially such hardwoods as maple or burr walnut—carved or turned for domestic purposes and trades. True treen is considered by most to be items made before 1830 or even before the mid-18th century. Wills and family inventories in the 16th and 17th centuries refer to treen objects that include cups, chalices, platters, bowls and spoons. Carving, both professional and amateur, embellished the most varied and inspired part of treen, including Welsh love spoons, although the work of the turner accounted for many early items. The large collection of treen formed by Mr and Mrs Edward Pinto was bought in 1967 by the City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

O. Evan-Thomas: Domestic Utensils of Wood (London, 1932) E. Pinto: Treen or Small Woodware (London, 1949) E. Pinto: Treen and Other Wooden Bygones (London, 1969) J. Toller: Treen and Other Turned Woodware for Collectors (Newton Abbot, 1975)...

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Subjects: Sculpture and Carving

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