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American furniture : tables, chairs, sofas & beds
Schwartz, Marvin D.
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Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
478 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Chairs, tables, sofas & beds. c1982.
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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library NK2715 .S29 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Clarence Library NK2715 .S29 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Concord Library NK2715 .S29 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Antique Hunter's Guide to American Furniture is an indispensable reference and collecting tool for novice and experienced collectors alike. Expertly researched, each of the 334 representative examples of chests, cupboards, desks, racks, stands and other pieces-from Federal to Colonial Revival to Mission to modern-are photographed in full color and accompanied by an authoritative description of the variations, materials, origin, and (if known) maker. Price listings and tips help both casual and serious collectors find great buys and identify valuable pieces. An extensive reference section includes a checklist for identifying styles, a discussion on construction and types of woods, an illustrated glossary, a list of public collections, tips for buying at auction and much, much more.

Author Notes

William C. Ketchum, Jr. has worked as a guest curator at the Museum of American Folk Art and a consultant to major auction houses. He is the author of more than a dozen books on American antiques, including The Antique Hunter's Guide to American Pottery & Porcelain. Elizabeth von Habsburg is the president of Masterson-Gurr-Johns, Inc., an appraisal and fine arts consulting firm with offices in New York and London. Marvin D. Schwartz is an expert in decorative arts and has worked with museums around the country, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the author of many articles and books, including American Furniture of the Colonial Period.

Table of Contents

A Simple Way to Identify Furniture American Furniture
Styles Parts of Furniture Joinery Construction How to Recognize Authentic Pieces How to Use This Guide Information-at-a-glance Visual Key
Chairs Slat-back and Spindle-back Splat-back, Shield-back, and Others Wicker, Bentwood, and Metal Upholstered-back and Related Wooden-back
Sofas, Stools, and Beds Sofas, Daybeds, Settees, Settles, and Benches Stools Beds and Cradles
Tables Drop-leaf and Tilt-top Library, Tavern, Console, Side, Tea, and Card Center, Coffee, and End Stands, Pedestals, Work, and Sewing
Collecting Tools Checklist for Identifying Styles List of Plates by Styles Upholstery Guide Public
Where to Buy Antique Furniture
Price Guide
Picture Credits

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