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Furniture Books

When we review a book on furniture or woodworking, it is with a different emphasis than most. Our perspective is that of woodworkers building fine period furniture. In books on furniture, the more photos, from as many angles as possible, the better. Also, pictures of the inside, back, bottom, or any other not normally seen view are exciting to us. For a woodworking book to be interesting, it has to accurately describe how pieces were originally made, not how you can do it today with a biscuit joiner. Surprisingly, there are few woodworking books that meet this criteria.

American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Gerald W. R. Ward

Few books on American furniture are considered as important as this one. This book is one of the best museum catalogs of furniture ever written.

485 pages. Hard cover. Printed in USA.
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American Furniture Edited by Luke Beckerdite American Furniture 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
Edited by Luke Beckerdite

This is a journal, published once a year by the Chipstone Foundation, focusing on scholarly studies of American furniture.

Soft cover. Printed in USA. List Price $60.00
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American Furniture
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American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Early Colonial Period American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1. Early Colonial Period
Frances Safford

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has what is perhaps the greatest collection of American furniture in the country. This book is a comprehensive study of the furniture in that collection from the early colonial period, the 17th Century and William & Mary periods (early 18th Century).

Hard cover. 451 pages. Printed in Spain. List Price $90.00.
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American Furniture at Chipstone American Furniture at Chipstone
Rodriguez Roque

Chipstone is a museum in Wisconsin, and the base of operations for the Chipstone Foundation. Chipstone is reknown not only for the fabulous collection of 18th Century American furniture but also for its extensive collections of decorative arts. This book is a traditional museum catalog covering the furniture holdings of the Chipstone Foundation.

Hard cover. Printed in USA. List Price $60.00.
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American Furniture - The Federal Period by Charles F. Montgomery American Furniture - The Federal Period
Charles F. Montgomery

The incomparable Winterthur Museum collection of beautiful and distinct Federal period American furniture is described and illustrated in this book, first published in 1966.

Hard cover. 508 pages. List Price $75.00
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Our Price: $68.00


American Furniture - Queen Anne & Chippendale Periods by Joseph Downs American Furniture -
Queen Anne & Chippendale Periods

Joseph Downs

From among the world-renowned treasures at the Winterthur Museum, the author selected 400 outstanding examples of...

Hard cover. 500 pages. List Price $75.00
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American Tables and Looking Glases by David L. Barquist American Tables and Looking Glases
David L. Barquist

This book is a catalog of the Yale University collections, both the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection and others. This is a landmark book that is as important today as when it was first published.

423 pages. Hard cover. Printed in USA.
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Our Price: $69.00


American Windsor Chairs by Nacy Goyne Evans American Windsor Chairs
Nacy Goyne Evans

Nancy Evans has dedicated years to researching the American Windsor style. This book is the most comprehensive and scholarly study of Windsor chairs ever written.

744 Pages. Hard cover. Printed in Japan. List Price $125
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American Windsor Furniture by Nacy Goyne Evans American Windsor Furniture
Nacy Goyne Evans

Nancy Evans has dedicated years to researching the American Windsor style. This book covers all of the forms that do not fall neatly into the Windsor chair category.

256 Pages. Hard cover. Printed in Japan. List Price $65
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The Bay and the River:  1600 - 1900 The Bay and the River: 1600 - 1900

This book was published by Boston University in conjunction with the "Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife" in 1981. This book is the conference proceedings. This book is particularly interesting to people who have an indepth interest in New England furniture.

144 pages. Soft cover. Printed in USA.
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Our Price: $21.00


Connecticut River Valley Doorways- An Eighteenth-Century Flowering by Amelia F. Miller Connecticut River Valley Doorways
- An Eighteenth-Century Flowering

Amelia F. Miller

If early New England homes turn you on you will love this book. It is dedicated solely to the study of the doorways on these houses.

148 pages. Soft cover. Printed in USA.
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Our Price: $19.00


English Furniture 1660-1714 - From Charles II to Queen Anne by Adam Bowett English Furniture 1660-1714 - From Charles II to Queen Anne
Adam Bowett

This book offers a very detailed study of an often neglected period of English furniture. Offers a wealth of information that should be...

Hard cover. 323 pages. Printed in Italy. List Price $89.00
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English Country Furniture 1500-1900 by David Knell English Country Furniture 1500-1900
David Knell

The literature on English period furniture has largely been dominated by a preoccupation with that of the rich and upper classes. This attitude is now regarded as unacceptable...

415 pages. Hard cover. Printed in England. List Price $89.50
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The English Smile - English Furniture and The Renaissance 1490-1590 by Michael Dann The English Smile - English Furniture and The Renaissance 1490-1590
Michael Dann

26 pieces of carved furniture are closely examined; none has been previously published. Numerous close-up photographs of each piece are shown and the accompanying text describes the carving, the construction and methods of dating.

154 pages. Soft cover. Printed in England.
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European Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Highlights of the Collection European Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Highlights of the Collection

This beautiful volume features 103 superb pieces of European furniture dating from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum. Includes a CD-ROM with 358 additional color images.

Hard cover. 292 pages. List Price $85.00
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John Townsend Newport Cabinetmaker by Morrison Heckscher John Townsend Newport Cabinetmaker
Morrison Heckscher

Newport furniture is perennially popular with collector's and craftsmen. This book is a must own for serious woodworkers as well as furniture scholars.

225 pages. Hard cover. Printed in Singapore.
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Our Price: $399.95


Mallett Millennium by Lanto Synge Mallett Millennium
Lanto Synge

This book provides an attractive approach in explaining furniture history in general, with a superb anthology of examples. These are drawn from the archives of Mallett of New Bond Street, London.

360 pages. Hard cover. Printed in England. List Price $89.00
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Our Price: $69.00


New York Furniture At The New York State Museum New York Furniture At The New York State Museum
John L. Scherer
This is a very broad overview of furniture that was made in New York and is now in the collection of the New York State Museum. This is not a book for construction details . This book, which is copyright 1984, is an old fashioned museum catalog. It has some pictures of labels, but no emphasis whatesoever is placed on construction details. Still, it is a very important referenence for identifying the styles of New York state made furniture.

Soft cover. 142 pages. Printed in USA.
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The 1772 Philadelphia Furniture Price Book The 1772 Philadelphia Furniture Price Book
Introduction by Alexandra Kirtley

The original copy of this book was recently discovered and caused quite a stir in the antique furniture world.

Soft cover. List Price $21.95
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Rural New England Furniture:  People, Place, and Production Rural New England Furniture:
People, Place, and Production


This book was published in conjunction with the "Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife" in 1998. This book is the conference proceedings. Makes for very interesting reading.

256 pages. Soft cover. Printed in USA
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Samuel McIntire - Carving An American Style by Dean T. Lahikainen Samuel McIntire - Carving An American Style
Dean T. Lahikainen

Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style is the first book to examine the full range of his carving career and to put it into a broader perspective in terms of the work of his contemporaries and other decorative traditions of the Federal period.

Hard cover. 304 pages. List Price $75.00
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Wallace Collection Catalogue of Furniture by Peter Hughes Wallace Collection Catalogue of Furniture -
3 Volumes

Peter Hughes

The Wallace Collection has the finest collection of eighteenth-century furniture outside France. Numbering over 500 pieces, it includes furniture by the greatest Parisian cabinet makers...

Soft cover in a hard slip case. 1168 pages. List Price $165.00
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Our Price: $139.00


Worldly Goods - The Arts of Early Pennsylvania 1680-1758 Worldly Goods - The Arts of Early Pennsylvania 1680-1758
Jack Lindsey

This is a museum catalog published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

266 pages.
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