Philadelphia Empire Furniture Hardcover – 1 Feb 2007
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"This high quality book makes a major contribution toward the appreciation of a historic decorative arts period and an equally historic city."--Antique & Collectible News Service
Antique & Collectible News Service"
This high quality book makes a major contribution toward the appreciation of a historic decorative arts period and an equally historic city. "Antique & Collectible News Service""
About the Author
DR. JOHN WILLIAM BOOR lives outside Philadelphia and has been an avid collector of Philadelphia Empire furniture for over 30 years. The absence of any other volume solely dedicated to Philadelphia Empire furniture, as well as Dr. Boor s great love and appreciation of the Empire furniture style was the inspiration for writing this book.
ALLISON, JONATHAN, CHRIS and PETER BOOR collaborated with their father to help produce this volume and worked on all aspects including research, writing, photography, and technical support; and although they follow different career paths, including medicine and business, an interest in Empire furniture is something they share and have grown up with. Allison, Jonathan, and Chris live abroad in Russia, St. Martin, and Canada respectively."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Overall it is a fun coffee table book, but does not add much to the knowledge of Philadelphia Classical or Empire Furniture. It is a good start, very good, and a big undertaking to gather all the photographs, but as far as becoming a standard reference on the subjject I was sorely dissapointed, especially at the price.
I found page 88 to be especially disturbing - since so much of it made absolutely no sense at all. If there was a proof reader for the manuscript, they might consider a different occupation. The misspellings and improperly pluralised words are scattered throughout the volume - and lend a very amateurish note to a well intentioned book.
The chair in figure 156 is apparently mislabeled and incorrectly identified. Owned by the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida, it is illustrated in their book - "A Treasury of American Art" on page 87, where it is also mislabeled ..... as the work of Charles Honore Lannuier of New York City. In all probability, this chair is more likely to have come from the shop of John and Thomas Constantine of New York City. It follows closely the Speaker's Armchair made for the North Carolina State House around 1820.
As previously reviewed, the information contained in this book is essentially a rehash of known data compiled by recognized authorities in the field, and including, but not limited to Stuart Feld, Elizabeth Feld, Wendy Cooper, Robert Smith, Anthony Stuempfig, and Robert Trump. Nowhere is there any information which sheds new light on the objects illustrated, though many of the objects themselves are new to publication - and it certainly is helpful to have them arranged categorically for comparison purposes.
This is a "nice" picture book - and, for me, a must have for my library as a good illustrative reference, since I own most of the texts which contain all of the basic known material related to Classical America. If you are looking for an educational reference with solid information, I would purchase "Classical Taste in America, 1800-1840" by Wendy A. Cooper.