The incomparable Winterthur Museum collection of distinct Federal-period American furniture is described and illustrated in this book, first published in 1978. Today's printing technology makes this book even more stunning, presenting beautiful photos of 491 pieces. The text explores the maker, place of origin, size, materials, dimensions, details of design, and, most important, an evaluation of the merits of each piece. Is a history of the entire process of furnituremaking in Federal America. This is a classic encyclopedia for Federal-period furniture enthusiasts and a mine of information for everyone interested in the social and cultural history of the formative years of the United States. Hardcover, 508 pages; 491 black and white illustrations.
• By Charles F. Montgomery
• "Collectively the pages provide a sweeping history of not only furniture making in the early United States but much of the culture as well." Collectors Journal, February 2002