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Southern Furniture 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection (Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series) Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series
  • Hardcover: 639 pages
  • Publisher: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879352000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879352004
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.8 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Williamsburg furniture curators Hurst and Prown have compiled a veritable catalogue raisonne of Southern decorative arts relating to furniture. This glorious work focuses not only on the fine artistry and diversity of the functional items but also the historical background of the Chesapeake, Low Country, and Backcountry regions of Virginia and North and South Carolina through brief articles on each of the regions. The second portion contains the catalog of works focusing on seating furniture, tables, case furniture (chests, tall clocks, cabinets), and other forms (cradles, beds, screens). Beautiful illustrations highlight each of the 183 objects from simple, roughhewn elegance to detailed, ornate craftsmanship. Descriptions of each object include a brief historical sketch, construction, condition, material, dimensions, marks, a provenance, and a brief bibliography. A glossary of furniture terms, including diagrams and line drawings, is also featured. This catalog is highly recommended for most decorative arts collections and general collections in major research libraries.?Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Very interesting and informative.
bobwl
I borrowed from the local library; and always want a copy for my own collection of furniture books.
DKolda
An excellent reference for cabinetmakers.
Kevin M. Foley

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dave Stauffacher on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible! If you've ever seen any of the furniture collection at Colonial Williamsburg, this book gives you all the details on the key pieces in the collection that the tour-guides just can't answer. Each piece is photographed, both exterior view and an interior view (drawers out, doors open, etc...), and full measurements. The best feature is that it also provides extensive history on the style and construction of each piece, complete with construction details (down to every last dovetail!). I picked it up for the woodworking information, but this book is also excelent for the historian.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Batts on June 5, 2008
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I bought this book for my husband, who is a woodworker. He says it is great. It is a beautiful book that is currently sitting on out coffee table
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on December 4, 2014
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I have coveted this book for years in the bookstores of Colonial Williamsburg. If you have ever visited CW, you know what beautiful late 18th & early 19th century furniture pieces they have. This book discusses and illustrates their extensive collection. It is a must for the classical furniture lover. The only thing holding me back from buying this book was its $79 retail price tag. A recent Amazon sale allowed me to buy this exquisite volume for just $39! Thank you for my Christmas present!
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This book is ideal to peruse through furniture history. A little history on the craftsman and the item makes an interesting read. For those interested in the craft of wood working or antique enthusiast. I enjoyed this book very much.
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