Title: The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture and Its Makers Through 1850
Author: Derita Coleman Williams, Nathan Harsh. Edited by C. Tracey Parks.
Description: Brown cloth boards stamped in gilt. Foxing on title page; less prominent foxing appears along top edge some pages, else interior clean and unmarked and near fine. Illustrated throughout in black-and-white and color. Dust jacket shows very faint wear along edges; not price clipped; in an archival mylar sleeve. pp. x. 344. 11 x 8.5 inches.
Finely researched chapters describing milieu of early Tennessee furniture makers, their work and trade, manufacturing and marketing, the apprenticeship system, the 1820 census of manufacturers, etc.
Features about two-hundred pages of photographed and cataloged furniture, including desks, secretaries, bookcases, candlestands, tables, sugar chests, cellarets, sideboards, cupboards, presses, dressers, tall case clocks, chests, tall chests, wardrobes, bedsteads, charis, settees, sofas, and more. Most of the furniture photographed were in private homes.
Includes a fifty-three page list of artisans (with brief description) associated with furniture making in Tennessee through 1850, a bibliography, and index.
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Publisher: Tennessee Historical Society / Tennessee State Museum Foundation
Keywords: history, cabinetmakers, 19th century, pictorial, furniture making,
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