Given 100 color pictures and 1,300 black-and-white photographs, this early
comprehensive text is a definitive pictorial guide to the identification of
American furniture from 1620 to the 1970s.
AMERICAN FURNITURE 1620 TO THE PRESENT by Jonathan L. Fairbanks and Elizabeth
Bidwell Bates, Richard Marek Publishers, NY, 1981.
Profusely illustrated, this book covers by chapter: The Beginnings; The
William & Mary Period (1690-1725); Queen Anne & Early Georgian (1725-1760);
Japanned Furniture (1710-1820); The Chippendale Period (1750-1780);
Neoclassicism (1780-1835); Away from the Mainstream; Victorian America
1830-1900); The Frontier and Vernacular Traditions (1800-1850); Craft Revival,
Reaction & Reform (1870-1930); and Modern to Contemporary (1917-1980). This
book has a text which places furniture in its social and historical context and
includes not only the furniture centers of New York, New England, and
Pennsylvania, but also furniture of the Southwest; furniture made in Dutch,
Spanish, French, and Norwegian settlements; furniture made in religious
enclaves or as a part of social and aesthetic movements; furniture, that new
today, will become classic tomorrow. Furniture makers include Townsend,
Frothingham, Dunlaps, Belter, Meeks, Galusha, Roux, Wooten, Stickley, Greene
and Greene, and many more. The narrative in this text is rich; the photography
is sharp. This is a must-buy book for the serious collector, dealer, curator,
or historian of American antique furniture.
Heavy 9.2" x 10.2" hardback with dust cover in good condition. 561 pages.
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