American Windsor Chairs and American Windsor Furniture Specialized Forms - two volume set by
Nancy Goyne Evans
From Publishers Review on American Windsor Chairs: The wooden Windsor armchair, introduced from England to
Philadelphia in the 1730s by Penn family-sponsored governor Patrick Gordon, was initially a seat for the elite and
prosperous, but after the Revolution it became the favorite chair of the general populace. Combining comfort, sturdy
craftsmanship, simplicity and elegance, the Windsor chair, with its raked back and sculptural seat and its splayed
legs, implying strength, is prized by collectors. Organized geographically from New England to the South, the Midwest
and Canada, and augmented with more than 1000 illustrations (25 in color) and 24 maps, this 744 page encyclopedic
study meticulously documents the Windsor chair's regional variations and the evolution of a recognizable American
style. Decorative arts historian Evans brilliantly situates the chair within the cultural fabric of colonial and federal
America. A must for collectors and scholars, this volume was published in association with the Henry Francis du Pont
Winterthur Museum in 1996.
From American Windsor Furniture bookjacket: The 256 page second volume is the indispensable companion to
American Windsor Chairs. Most of the specialized forms in this book, unlike the "mass-produced" Windsor armchairs
and side chairs in the first volume, were made to order and provide greater insight into American lives. Forms include
highchairs and other children's furniture, writing arm chairs, rocking chairs, settees and benches, stools, commode
chairs, toy miniatures and spinning wheels. American Windsor Furniture, published in association with the Henry
Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum in 1997, is an incomparable reference for all collectors, scholars and lovers of
Both volumes are new. Two volumes together for one great price.
AMERICAN LIFE ANTIQUES
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