Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques suggested

Early American Furniture reading list

Introductory to Intermediate:

– “The New Fine Points Furniture, Early American,” by Albert Sack – A classic introduction to periods and styles and an important primer for comparative viewing.

– “American Windsor Chairs” by Charles Santore – Beautifully illustrated and written by a noted scholar and artist.

– “The Furniture of Historic Deerfield” by Dean A. Fales – A necessary reference book for New England antiques and decorative arts.

– “American Glass: The Collections at Yale” by John Stuart Gordon – Stunning images of fine examples together with concise and informative information.

– “Little by Little” by Nina Fletcher Little – Early American Folk Art at its finest by a diligent historian and prolific writer.

Intermediate to Advanced:

– “Connecticut Valley Furniture, Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800” by Robert Kugelman, Alice Kugelman and Robert Lionetti – A in-depth look at 18th century furniture from the Connecticut River Valley with some examples of New London County furniture as well.

– “Art & Industry in Early America, Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830” by Patricia Kane – Decades of research resulted in this important exploration of Rhode Island furniture.

– “American Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. I, Early Colonial Period: The Seventeenth-Century and William and Mary Styles” by Frances Gruber Safford – Extensive information beautifully presented on the rare and hard to find 17th century and early 18th century American furniture.

– “John Townsend, Newport Cabinetmaker” by Morrison Heckscher – Explores the life and times of one of America’s master craftsmen and his exceptional furniture.

– “American Seating Furniture, 1630 – 1730” by Benno Forman – An important reference book featuring examples of early chairs from a variety of origins.

– “American Windsor Chairs” by Nancy Goyne Evans – An intensive and impressive exploration of American Windsor chairs, including their origins, regional differences and makers.