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Field Guide to American Antique Furniture: A Unique Visual System for Identifying the Style of Virtually Any Piece of American Antique Furniture Paperback – Bargain Price, November 15, 1986


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Over 1700 of Skibinski's line drawings present a visual approach to the identification of antique furnishings. The book is arranged in chronological sequences (17th century through the early 20th century) by type of furniture, from tables and settees to desks and bookcases. Butler and Johnson have included some important information for the novice and the experienced collector: the sources of furniture used as models for the illustrations; lists of museums, art galleries, and special displays of outstanding collections of furniture; a selected bibliography and a glossary; the anatomy of a piece of furniture; and a brief history of the periods of furniture and furniture makers. Highly recommended for public libraries and other subject collections. Mary Ann Wasick, West Allis P.L., Wis.
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Since 1957, Joseph T. Butler has served as curator of the Sleepy Hollow Restorations in Tarrytown, New York. The author of numerous books, he was also the American editor of The Connoisseur and an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st Owl book ed edition (November 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805001247
  • ASIN: B0013TMMZI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,200,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is good for a quick reference.
Renee Croome
Lots of line drawings and pictures to help with identification.
KIM the tool man
Great resources for antique dealers and collectors.
Diane L. Cass

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Renee Croome on January 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is good for a quick reference. It is filled with sketches that are grouped into categories (chairs, tables, beds).
It can help you identify the style of a piece of furntiture, but doesn't help authenticating the piece.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2000
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Excellent and easy to use reference book, illustrates styles in thier purest form. Does not treat the subject of authenticity but notes characteristics and idiosyncracies of various examples.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Writer on January 12, 2006
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Get this one. It shows and tells what a novice needs to learn about antique furniture. Also...a great refresher for long-time antiquers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Evans on October 20, 2009
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I purchased this book not really knowing anything about it but seeing it suggested in Miller's Price Guide. I went online to Amazon and found this copy at a VERY reasonable used price..

Any antique furniture buyer will tell you it is so very hard to keep the details of different unique makers marks straight while out and about looking at furniture. Seeing antique furniture, no problem. You can spot it a mile away. But to get up close and discover where was it made, possible makers, era, etc. You really need to have the details at your finger tips.

One good example is Chippendale. With the claw and ball example, there were many makers here in the Eastern states who made the claw and ball feature. Each state almost has its unique way of making its claw and ball different. Just slightly enough that if you did not know, someone could tell you the piece was manufactured in New York by a famous maker...when the features, very slightly would suggest an older date from say, PA.

When I saw this book advertised it said over 1700+ pictures and I thought that may be wishful thinking! But indeed, this book is so full of drawings to accompany the features that it is very clear in demostation what to look for in your furniture. These are not full color photos, but rather line drawings which actually work better when you are looking at style rather than one particular example.

I especially enjoy the way the book is categorized by era. It helps to show each era and how furniture changed with the era. The first chapter on the History of American Furniture is very informative!

I will not ever be without this book again when looking at furniture!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Wood on July 17, 2009
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this book seems to be pretty comprehensive, and the sketches are great! Wish I had this in college while studying period furnishings! Elements of the furniture are categorized by origin and style, great reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Primlover19 on August 26, 2009
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Very helpful book! I now have a better sense of what to look for when going to antique/estate auctions. Also helped me estimate the age and style of a few pieces I already had.
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Great book for the price. Book is exactly what the title says it is. Lots of line drawings and pictures to help with identification.
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By Donna C. on February 1, 2015
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This is a handy guide to get the feel for the style of a piece of furniture. I like the way it is laid out, with a little bit of history and overview of overall styles of design at the beginning followed by quick drawings of furniture sorted by type of furniture, then style. This makes it useful as a field reference. I would note that the style and history overview is very brief, and the line drawings of the furniture, while useful as a quick visual aid, could have been more carefully done. I've found a number of drawing errors, such as missing lines, and some proportions that were not "eyeballed" very well.
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