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The Winterthur guide to recognizing styles : American decorative arts from the 17th through 19th centuries
Eversmann, Pauline K., 1942-
Publication Information:
Winterthur, Del. : Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum ; Hanover [N.H.] : Distributed by University Press of New England, [2001]

Physical Description:
119 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
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NK805 .W56 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The third offering in the Winterthur Decorative Arts Series (which also includes Evaluating Your Collection and The Winterthur Guide to Caring for Your Collection), The Winterthur Guide to Recognizing Styles serves as an invaluable guide to identifying styles in the decorative arts.

What distinguishes Queen Anne furniture from William and Mary? Not sure if your candlestick is Federal or Empire? What does Chippendale-style creamware look like? Illustrated in full color with objects from Winterthur's outstanding collection, this book answers these questions and more. Covering the years 1640 to 1860, it provides a road map for recognizing the defining characteristics of each period and understanding how styles have developed and changed over the years.

Author Notes

PAULINE EVERSMANN is the former Director of Academic Programs and Deputy Director of Public Programs at Winterthur.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding Stylep. 5
Chapter 1 The Seventeenth-Century Stylep. 17
Chapter 2 The William and Mary Stylep. 27
Chapter 3 The Queen Anne Stylep. 39
Chapter 4 The Chippendale Stylep. 53
Chapter 5 The Federal Stylep. 65
Chapter 6 The Empire Stylep. 77
Chapter 7 The Rococo Revival and Gothic Revival Stylesp. 89
Conclusion: Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur and Stylesp. 103
Resources: Style Characteristics from the Seventeenth Century to Empire: An Illustrated Time Linep. 106
Suggested Readingsp. 109
List of Illustrationsp. 113