What Are Furniture Rests?
Some of the ceramic furniture rests included in Peter Garland’s book.
Types of Furniture Rests
Furniture rests were made in various forms which, for convenience, the author describes as ‘platform rests’, ‘block rests’ and ‘castors’.
Platform rests have an image at the front and a platform at the back. Many of the images are of real or mythical people, some of which can be identified and some not. Animals and baskets of fruit or flowers are also depicted. They are often polychrome and highly decorated.
Block rests are shaped generally like a cube with decoration on one or more sides. They are usually polychrome but blue and white and monochrome forms were also made.
Castor rests are the forerunners of modern castors and are usually of circular cross-section with an indentation at the centre. Most of them were made in brown ‘treacle glaze’ but more colourful examples exist.