By Joseph Downs
From one of the world-renowned treasures on the Winterthur Museum, the writer chosen four hundred impressive examples of yankee furnishings from the Queen Anne and Chippendale sessions, representing the period whilst the cabinetmakers of recent England, big apple, Philadelphia, and the South have been on the top in their achievement.
Each representation is observed by means of information regarding the pieces
place of starting place, date of development, dimensions, exact beneficial properties and features, and the maker and unique proprietor while recognized. a unique part offers the furnishings in its right atmosphere, together with ten rooms in complete colour. there's technical details for the intense collector and a hugely readable historical past for these attracted to the early-American lifestyle.
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THE S T A ~ I PE R - B L AC K \V E L L P AHLOH The woodwork and furnish ings here epitomize the sophisticated life of eigh teenth-cen tury Phil ad el phi a, famous in the co lonies for fine hou ses and su pe rb Furnit u r e . T h e hou se was b uilt in 1764 at 224 Pin e St reet for John St am pe r, '\Iayor of Philad elphi a ; late r the Re ver end Dr. Blackw el l. ass ista n t rect or of St. Pet er 's a nd Ch rist C h urches, occu p ied it until h is d eath in 1831. No othe r co lo n ia l roo m ma tches th is one fo r its wea lth of ca rved o rnamen t im posed on a backgrou nd of classica l pattern .
The nuts of the walnut were valued for food, and their husks produced a brown dye. Walnut continued to be used south of New York throughout the colonial period in spite of the widespread popularity of mahogany. Only in Charleston did mahogany gain an early lead because of its easy importation there. Many Philadelphia high chests of drawers and chairs made in the fully developed Chippendale style are of walnut, carefully selected for its handsomely figured grain. 0 Easy chair claw feet, leaves on knees 6.