There is sufficient overlapping in these books--and sufficient market identity--to justify reviewing them together, coming...

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COLLECTING AMERICAN VICTORIAN ANTIQUES

There is sufficient overlapping in these books--and sufficient market identity--to justify reviewing them together, coming as they do on the same publication date....The Boger book is a companion volume to her Furniture Styles (Scribners- '59) and Dictionary of Antiques (Scribners- '57) and The Decorative Arts. Her new book is a comprehensive illustrated guide to furniture styles from Ancient to Modern, with 582 half tones (only samples seen), and Index and Bibliography. Purely a reference book, the style of the descriptive captions competent and conversational. Covers more ground than similar works in the field....The Grotz book is quite different, and will certainly not make him popular with his associates. In his usual emphatically jovial fashion, and with line drawings of rather low calibre, the ""Furniture Doctor"" destroys the pretensions of antique style, particularly in urban centers, selects less known sources where antiques are still to be found, and spots some of the frauds of the trade. There is a good deal of valuable and interesting material here but his presentation somehow downgrades its value. He also makes very clear the shifts of fashions, geographically, as well as periods, and again (another of his earlier books- The New Antiques- 1964) stresses that Victoriana has arrived.... Which leads to the third book here, Katharine M. McClinton's Collecting American Victorian Antiques in which she spans the period 1840-1900, defined as an age of borrowing and copying, revising and elaborating. Some of our most noted American designers belong here, notably Duncan Phyfe and Lambert Hitchcock. Her book (one of several in this area) is excellent, informative, comprehensive and inclusive of material seldom found under one cover--not only furniture but glass, silver, pottery, porcelain, tiles, handiwork--with the main points of identification. A thoroughly sound book.

Pub Date: Nov. 28, 1966

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Publisher: Scribners

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1966