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Early American Antique Country Furnishings Northeastern America, 1650-1800 by George Neumann

From the book jacket:  With more than 2100 photographed items from rarely seen private collections, this definitive
encyclopedia of country furnishings covers the period from 160, when early colonists were starting to make their own
furnishings, to 1800, when patterns from centralized production began to fill American homes.
 

"Country furnishings" are defined as typical wares one could see in the living area of a middle-class colonial home.  
Each piece was functional, sturdy, and often wonderfully innovative.  Many drew from the best design elements of
such European styles as Pilgrim, William and Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale, and Hepplewhite.  This book traces the
variations the developed through a series of illustrations complete with the date the furnishing was made.  The
chronological method makes it easier not only to recognize standard patterns, but also to develop a sensitivity to
different phases of a style's evolution.

The text covers 21 categories:  Beds, Chests, Cupboards, Desks and boxes, Floor coverings, Lighting, Woodenware,
Ceramic tableware, Pewter, Glassware, Art, Fabrics, Looking glasses, Seating, Tables and stands, Timekeeping,
Cooking, Personal articles, Smoking, Games and playthings, Written documents. The focus is on the northeastern
and middle Atlantic states, since the great majority of early country examples in today's market are attributed to this
area.  New England, New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania have been traditional centers of colonial
antique collecting activity.

This is the hardcover 1988 American Legacy 353 page edition of the 1984 original publication and is in excellent
condition, with only slight edge wear and a few small tears to the book dust jacket.

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