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Title:
Early American furniture : a practical guide for collectors
Author:
Obbard, John.
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Publication Information:
Paducah, KY : Collector Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781574321418
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Book

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Summary

Summary

In addition to the discussion of period and style and the numerous illustrations found in most books on period furniture, this book covers other topics that are equally important to the collector: understanding the furniture trade, evaluating quality, investment potential, identifying period workmanship, the ins and outs of dealers, shows, and auctions, care and conservation, repair and restoration, documentation, insurance, problems of inheritance, and coping with the misrepresentation so often encountered in the market. The 400 black and white illustrations are finely detailed line drawings made from authentic pieces of furniture featured in the catalogs of some of the leading auction houses. 5.5 x 8.5. No prices.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 4
Introductionp. 4
Chapter 1 The Furniture Tradep. 8
Chapter 2 Understanding Period and Stylep. 19
Chapter 3 Evaluating Qualityp. 36
Chapter 4 Antiques as an Investmentp. 45
Chapter 5 Identifying Period Workmanshipp. 49
Chapter 6 Fakes and Fraudsp. 91
Chapter 7 Dealers, Shows, and Auctionsp. 109
Chapter 8 Cabinetmaker's Chairsp. 126
Chapter 9 Turner's Chairsp. 138
Chapter 10 Windsor Chairsp. 144
Chapter 11 Wing Chairs and Sofasp. 152
Chapter 12 Chests and Blanket Chestsp. 158
Chapter 13 Chests of Drawersp. 163
Chapter 14 Desks and Secretariesp. 176
Chapter 15 Highboys, Lowboys, Presses, and Dressing Tablesp. 190
Chapter 16 Sideboards and Cupboardsp. 204
Chapter 17 Dining and Side Tablesp. 213
Chapter 18 Tea and Card Tablesp. 227
Chapter 19 Candlestands and Sewing Tablesp. 239
Chapter 20 Bedsp. 252
Chapter 21 Mirrorsp. 259
Chapter 22 Clocks and Barometersp. 270
Chapter 23 Shaker Furniturep. 286
Chapter 24 Miscellaneous Small Furniturep. 296
Chapter 25 Care and Conservationp. 304
Chapter 26 Clean-up and Repairp. 308
Chapter 27 Documentation and Insurancep. 322
Chapter 28 Inheritancep. 325
Chapter 29 Period Furniture Collectionsp. 329
Chapter 30 Suggested Readingp. 333