Identifying American Furniture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, Colonial to Contemporary

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Elegantly fashioned and uniquely perceptive, this guidebook authoritatively surveys four centuries of American domestic furniture styles.Identifying American Furniture offers answers to the questions most people ask about furniture: "What style is that?" "How can you tell?" and "When was it popular?" Curators, collectors, appraisers, connoisseurs of furniture, and students of history, architecture, and the arts — as well as those just learning the fascination of stylistic trends in American furniture—will find ...

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Overview

Elegantly fashioned and uniquely perceptive, this guidebook authoritatively surveys four centuries of American domestic furniture styles.Identifying American Furniture offers answers to the questions most people ask about furniture: "What style is that?" "How can you tell?" and "When was it popular?" Curators, collectors, appraisers, connoisseurs of furniture, and students of history, architecture, and the arts — as well as those just learning the fascination of stylistic trends in American furniture—will find this succinct handbook essential. Styles are arranged chronologically from 1607 to the present and represent all thirty-five major furniture styles from Arts and Crafts to Windsor. Milo M. Naeve's vivid commentary draws attention to the book's 196 photographs, pinpointing distinctions among the styles. Naeve also offers an excellent guide for further reading.

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Milo M. Naeve is the Field-McCormick Curator of American Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. His responsibilities include furniture and other decorative arts from the seventeenth century to the present, as well as painting and sculpture. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous periodicals and journals devoted to American arts and culture.

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Table of Contents

About the Author 4
Introduction 5
Preface 7
Medieval Style, 1607-1700 13
Renaissance Style, 1607-1700 15
Restoration Style, 1660-1700 17
William and Mary Style, 1695-1730 19
Queen Anne Style, 1730-1760 21
Chippendale Style, 1755-1790 23
Federal Style, 1790-1815 25
Phyfe Style, 1801-1825 27
Classical Styles, 1805-1840 29
Empire Style, 1810-1820 31
French Restauration Style, 1830-1850 33
Gothic Revival Style, 1841-1860 35
Elizabethan Style, 1851-1915 37
Rococo Revival Style, 1845-1865 39
Naturalistic Style, 1850-1865 41
Louis XVI Style, 1850-1914 43
Renaissance Revival Style, 1851-1880 45
Neo-Greek Style, 1855-1885 47
Egyptian Revival Style, 1865-1890 49
Reform and Eastlake Styles, 1872-1885 51
Art Furniture Styles, 1875-1914 53
Art Nouveau Style, 1896-1914 55
Arts and Crafts Styles, 1885-1915 57
Prairie School Style, 1900-1920 59
Art Deco Styles, 1925-1945 61
International Style, 1940-present 63
Craftsman Styles, 1945-present 65
Contemporary Styles, 1981-present 67
Dutch Style, 1624-1860 69
German Style, 1751-1870 71
Spanish Style, 1601-1900 73
Vernacular Styles, 1671-1790 75
Vernacular Styles, 1791-1914 77
Shaker Style, 1801-1914 79
Windsor Style, 1750-present 81
Garden Furniture Styles, 1801-1914 83
Periodicals 85
Books, Articles, and Manuscripts 85
Index 101
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