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Chairs: A History Hardcover – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810954842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810954847
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Decorator and furniture historian Florence de Dampierre is the author of several books, including The Best Painted Furniture, as well as numerous articles on period furniture. She lives in Litchfield, CT.

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Ms.de Dampierre has distinguished herself with solid accomplishments. She is a noted interior designer, furniture historian, and author. Her first book, The Best of Painted Furniture, published in 1987 by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., has become a bestseller, having sold over a hundred thousand copies. An interior design classic, The Decorators, was published in 1989 (Rizzoli).These titles were followed by Chairs: A History (2006, Harry N. Abrams), which has become the standard reference book on the subject, and French Chic: The Art of Decorating Houses (2008, Rizzoli), which uses her Connecticut home in countless full color photographs to illustrate both principles of design and the techniques she suggests to help one attain a very personal home and one using her "French Chic" visual vocabulary and techniques. Her fifth book, Walls: The Best of Decorative Treatments (2011, Rizzoli) is a lavish journey around the world from the past to the present showcasing such premier decorative wall designs as fresco, wood paneling, stenciling, and wallpaper. De Dampierre shows how decorating walls can transform an interior space to dramatic effect.

A contributing editor to the much missed House & Garden magazine, Ms. de Dampierre writes lifestyle stories for newspapers and magazines. Her Connecticut home has been the subject of many articles.

She began Florence de Dampierre Antiques in New York City in 1985. This was the first American antiques shop devoted solely to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century painted furniture. The shop received great accolades, grew to become a multimillion dollar enterprise, and was housed in its own building in Soho by 1990 with a worldwide clientele. It was the subject of a New York Magazine cover story in 1990.

Ms. de Dampierre had been a contributing designer sponsored by House & Garden magazine for the French Designer Show House, and has a roster of personal design clients. She has lectured extensively around the country and has curated numerous museum exhibitions. Further attesting to her enormous visual sense, Ms. de Dampierre was elected into Eleanor Lambert's Best-dressed List as one of the twelve best-dressed women in the world.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
No one who has seen my home would expect me to have anything to do with a furniture book. But some perceptive friend gave me this book and now I get it! Under Ms. de Dampierre's tutelage, I have grown to understand how pieces of furniture are a reflection of the times in which they were created. This study of chairs is no less fascinating than any great work of art history and the author does an incredible job of detailing changes in social and political currents which impact the design and use of each chair in her exhaustive chronology. As importantly, the pictures are beautiful; the book is worth buying for them alone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A.W.G. on May 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Florence de Dampierre has produced what will certainly be not only the definitive guide to the chair itself but also a witty and learned look at how modes of communication in differing cultures governed the kind of furniture people invented for themselves. The scope of the book is huge, ranging from the cradle of civilization in Mesopotamia and Africa to the chair as modern art. I recommend it highly, both for serious collectors as well as anyone who has ever thought twice about the provenance of the place they've just sat down in. The book is copiously and beautifully illustrated, so it makes a lovely gift.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Mathis on May 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read Chairs; A History and find it to be fasinating from two view points. One is that it is more than a history of furniture, it is a social history of the people who sat in the chairs and their times and their culture. Secondly I will retain it for years as one of the most complete reference books on the cultural periods discussed. Finally it is beautifully illustrated and written and should be in everyone's library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Messer on May 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In this fascinating book, De Dampierre brings a fresh perspective to world history by describing it through one of the most ubiquitous items in our daily lives: chairs. In doing so, she has produced a highly enjoyable read for both the sophisticated antique collector and the general student of history.
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