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Description - In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould by Kemble Widmer

Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould Once an obscure figure in American furniture history, Nathaniel Gould is now recognized as colonial America's premier 18th-century cabinetmaker. 'In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould' presents new, unpublished scholarship, as well as archival materials and twenty distinguished examples of furniture, either newly attributed to Gould or linked to his workshop. Gould's detailed account ledgers and daybooks ledgers are probably unique in covering the full career of one of the most skilled craftsmen of his time; their recent chance discovery by historians Kemble Widmer and Joyce King is of great significance for the study of both 18th-century cabinetmaking and of contemporary economic and social life. These meticulous records include names of buyers, detailed descriptions of objects sold and reliable and consistent pricing. Based on in-depth analysis from multiple vantage points, 'In Plain Sight' lays the groundwork for a broader understanding of the cabinetmaker's work, and significantly enhances our understanding of business practices and social customs in New England during the period of transition from a British colony to an independent nation. SELLING POINTS: . This is a major addition both to the literature and scholar on American colonial and post-colonial furniture, as well as the scholarship on Nathaniel Gould. . Includes detailed appendices copied directly from his ledgers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781907804335
ISBN-10: 1907804331
Format: Hardback
(302mm x 251mm x 0mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: D Giles Ltd
Publisher: D Giles Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kemble Widmer

Kemble Widmer has applied his training and career as an industrial engineer to his examination of early furniture in Boston and Essex County, Massachusetts. Over twenty-five years, by rigorously documenting and comparing like forms, he has determined places of origin and even individual craftsmen. His research on Nathaniel Gould has disclosed an unparalleled amount of information about cabinetmaking, customers, and colonial life.Joyce King, an eleventh generation inhabitant of Salem, Massachusetts, is an expert in genealogical research. She has collaborated closely with her co-author on numerous issues of provenance that have enabled attributions of furniture to Nathaniel Gould. Contributing AuthorsGlenn Adamson, formerly Head of Research, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is The Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Modern Craft and the author of Inventing Modern Craft.Daniel Finamore is The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.Dean Lahikainen is The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. His publications include Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style and In the American Spirit: Folk Art from the Collections (of the Peabody Essex Museum).Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, formerly director of Sotheby's American Arts course and a Senior Vice President at Christie's, New York, and director of Classes in Connoisseurship, is an authority on American eighteenth- and nineteenth-century decorative arts and social history. Her publications include At Home: The American Family 1750 - 1870.

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