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Emyl Jenkins' Guide to Buying and Collecting Early American Furniture
     

Emyl Jenkins' Guide to Buying and Collecting Early American Furniture

by Emyl Jenkins, Joe E. Wilkinson
 
With this quick reference in hand, collectors will be able to evaluate with savvy and confidence the antique furniture found at auctions, tag sales, and retail shops. 240 black-and-white illustrations.

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With this quick reference in hand, collectors will be able to evaluate with savvy and confidence the antique furniture found at auctions, tag sales, and retail shops. 240 black-and-white illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Collecting classic American antiques has long been a fascinating subject, spawning articles and columns in magazines and newspapers. Since 18th-century furniture has become a rara avis in the marketplace, this meticulously written book may seem somewhat obsolete, but the text is enlivened by a detective-like approach. Reading it is like being invited to go hunting for finery with a knowledgeable doyenne. We meet wiley dealers who try to take us for what they can get. We're led through the intricate details of what lies behind fakes, restorations and reproductions, and how originals are devalued and sometimes ruined. We listen to the elaborate games played out between buyer and seller, each pretending to know more than the other. This is great fun, but then so are the brass tacks of sleuthing. With collaborator Wilkinson,ok/mm Jenkins explains the original hardware, what replacements are deemed acceptable, what patinas and finishes should look like and what repairs may hide. The second part of the book takes us through 11 case studies of classic pieces, their earmarks and their worth. For all the technicalities involved, Jenkins gives us full value--and good humor. (June)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Written by a professional appraiser, this book serves a dual purpose. It is a history of American furniture, analyzing everything from joinery to hardware and wood finishes. It is also an antique hunter's checklist and guide through each step of the appraisal process, explaining how forgeries and reproductions differ from authentic pieces. Jenkins often uses terms with which a lay reader might not be familiar, and her glossary is difficult to find, being tucked away in Chapter 4. This is a fine book, but if your library already owns Myrna Kaye's Fake, Fraud, or Genuine: Identifying Authentic American Furniture (New York Graphic Society, 1987), it might be superfluous. (Illustrations not seen).-- Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517570852
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/14/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.09(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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