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Antique Collector's Directory of Period…

Antique Collector's Directory of Period Detail: How to Identify the…

by Deborah Lambert

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Handsome full-color photos, informatively labeled line drawings, and an enlightening text show how to identify antique chairs, tables, bureaus, case furniture, coffee pots, teapots, silverware, candlesticks, glassware, and porcelain pieces according to the historical period of their origin. The key to identification lies in recognizing an era's representative shapes and matching them to the antique being examined. Fine examples of European and American craftsmanship spanning three centuries are shown and discussed, starting in the mid 1600s and progressing to the 1930s. Illustrations show how basic furniture styles were derived by copying and scaling down the dominant architectural shapes of the day, and how artisans in different countries then added their own distinctive touches. The authors advise collectors on what to look out for when buying an antique, then tell how to detect any repairs, and know whether or not a repair affects the piece's value. Historical periods discussed in detail present detailed information on the Baroque to Rococo (mid 1600s to late 1700s), the Chippendale story, Neoclassical style, the Machine Age, and Art Deco. All historical chapters contain a Shape Identifier section, clearly illustrating the period's dominant lines and shapes. Beautifully photographed room settings capture the mood of each period. More than 400 full-color photos and drawings.

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