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BOSTON FURNITURE, 1700-1900. Ed. by Brock Jobe and Gerald W.R. Ward. Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Boston, 2016. Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 86. Distributed by University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville. 400 pp. with 464 ills. (406 col.). 29 x 22 cm. ISBN 9780985254384 In English.
Publisher's description: New Perspectives on Boston Furniture gathers together nineteen essays first delivered at the Winterthur Museum's 2013 Furniture Forum. It amply illustrates how research concerning one of America's most productive centers of furniture-making has diversified in the forty years since the Colonial Society of Massachusetts published Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century (also distributed by Virginia), the proceedings of a similar conference held in 1973. The essays place less emphasis on connoisseurship and instead devote greater attention to techniques of construction and the social uses to which these objects were put. The roster of contributors includes not only some of the best-known names in the field (Edwin S. Cooke Jr., Wendy A. Cooper, J. Ritchie Garrison, Morrison Heckscher, Robert Mussey, and Richard Nylander) but also a number of skilled furniture makers and emerging scholars. Some of the subjects addressed include the construction of turret-top tea and card tables, japaning techniques, how pigeonholes functioned as a record-keeping device for merchants, and the making of Windsor and "elastic" chairs.
Indexing: Western — United States, New England — 1600-1800, 1800-1900 — Furniture
Plans: 71,30,54,55
Worldwide Number: 171885
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