American Antique Furniture - Types Makers Construction Drawings / Scarce Book


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This rare out-of-print book is a comprehensive study of early American furniture executed between 1620-1840.   
MASTERPIECES OF AMERICAN FURNITURE: 1620-1840 by Lester Margon, Architectural Book Publishing Co., NY, 1965.  
The climax of a lifetime devoted to studying and working with furniture, this unique book presents 150 photographs of fine pieces and settings, plus 50 meticulously executed measured drawings of furniture masterpieces from leading American museums.  The drawings, which show in detail the character, structure and proportions of each of these masterpieces, are accompanied by photographic views and by the author’s expert commentary.  Additional photographs, 100 in all, show other beautiful pieces that are related to or can be compared with those presented in the drawings.  Here are examples of Early American furniture of the Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton schools, in the adaptations that shaped them to New World needs.  The greatest products of those giants among American designers--Duncan Phyfe, John Goddard and Samuel McIntyre—are shown, along with the contributions of clockmakers Eli Terry and Seth Thomas.  Colorfully decorated Pennsylvania German pieces and stark-simple Shaker creations are fully represented here, too.  In the context, Mr. Margon discusses with spirit such subjects as Antiques and the Museum…Origins of the Colonial…Pre-Revolutionary Days…Religion Influences Design…Style and Three Great Designers…After the Revolution—Victorian… Furniture Design in Our Time…[This book] will be of practical use to all who are concerned in any way with antique furniture—student, architect, home craftsman, interior designer or decorator, collector or homemaker.”   
8.4“ x 11“ hardback with dust cover in good condition.  256 pages.
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