American furniture: understanding styles, construction, and quality
An authority on the history of American furniture offers a wide-ranging guide to this art form, discussing three hundred years of style changes, including Shaker, Modern, and Revival, and showing how to appraise the quality and authenticity of pieces. 10,000 first printing. Antiques Roadshow Main.
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Very educational book!User Review - Overstock.com
This book is packed with information on every aspect of quality antique furniture. I didn't see much info on early 20th century pieces, but if you want to find out if the chair you saw at the thrift store is early 19th century Regency, this is the book to turn to. A smart addition to every collectors library! ...
American furniture: understanding styles, construction, and qualityUser Review - Book Verdict
In his latest work, craftsman, historian, educator, and author Kirk demystifies the complexities of identifying notable styles, trends, and techniques of American furniture. Organized by period and style, the text covers more than three centuries of the evolutionary development of furniture from the 17th century to the present, focusing on the regional movements and variations found in certain pieces. Throughout, he emphasizes both the aesthetic beauty and inherent functional quality of handcrafted furniture. Assisted by a multitude of illustrations, including both photographs and line drawings, Kirk enables the reader to distinguish European pieces from those created in the United States and to identify authentic pieces vs. fakes. This informative and instructive work can serve as a guide for enthusiasts, collectors, and students of various levels and will be a welcome addition to any library.DStephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Libs., Johnson City ...
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