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American furniture : chests, cupboards, desks & other pieces
Ketchum, William C., Jr., 1931-
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
476 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Chests, cupboards, desks & other pieces. c1982.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
NK2725 .K47 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
NK2725 .K47 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

Prefacep. 8
A Simple Way to Identify Furniturep. 9
American Furniture Stylesp. 10
Parts of Furniturep. 26
Hardwarep. 30
How to Use This Guidep. 34
Information-at-a-Glancep. 35
Visual Keyp. 36
Dry Sinks, Washstands, and Commodesp. 1
Servers, Serving Tables, and Sideboardsp. 19
Desks and Low Secretariesp. 39
Secretaries and Tall Desksp. 77
Cupboards, Cabinets, and Other Large Storage Piecesp. 91
Highboys and Tall Chests of Drawersp. 133
Lowboys, Dressing Tables, Dressers, and Shaving Standsp. 149
Mirrorsp. 179
Chests of Drawersp. 203
Chests and Blanket Chestsp. 231
Small Storage Unitsp. 253
Miscellaneous Furnishingsp. 273
Fire Screensp. 327
Collecting Tools
Checklist for Identifying Stylesp. 404
List of Plates by Stylep. 408
Construction and Connoisseurshipp. 411
General Types of Woodsp. 421
Woods by Stylistic Periodsp. 423
Glossaryp. 424
Bibliographyp. 442
Antiques Publicationsp. 447
Public Collectionsp. 448
Where to Buy Antique Furniturep. 450
Buying at Auctionp. 451
Price Guidep. 453
Picture Creditsp. 466
Indexp. 469