NEW GEOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN ANTIQUES by

NEW GEOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN ANTIQUES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is much more than a picture book, despite its 700 line drawings by Lurelle Guild. It is much more, too, than simply a reissue- or even a revision of the book of this title (minus the New)- published more than 20 years ago. A close comparison of the two texts indicates very little duplication,- the chapter on Pottery and Porcelain, the sections on coverlets and samplers, some of the sections on furniture, specifically, for example, block front furniture, identified with Rhode Island and Goddard -- these are taken with very slight changes, from the old text. In general, the trend in the New Geography is less towards identification with specific sections, more emphasis on Mirrors, Glass, Lighting, Pewter and Silver, Clocks- as such- rather than in colony or state brackets. In some instances, the individual craftsmen are played down- as with the Reveres, and the identification of much assigned to specific craftsmen is brought into question. As indicated in the introduction, we know more than we did twenty years ago; the Williamsburg restoration exploded some theories, such as the log cabin period, and revealed more accurate information as to what was in the houses, in the trade ships. There is more about the step by step development- and the social, political and spiritual forces reflected in furniture and styles. A fascinating exploration of American antiques, which promises to be a Must book in its field. Companion volume, in format, to other Drepperd books.

Publisher: Doubleday