Extensively researched throughout the United States and the British Isles, this lavishly illustrated volume brings to light the influence of Scottish cabinetmakers and designs on furniture made in Federal America. While the Scottish-born Duncan Phyfe has always been recognized as one of the premier makers of Federal furniture, Mary Ann Apicella illuminates the community of craftsmen active in and around Atlantic coast style-centers during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
By separating English antecedents and American design trends from those identified by the author as uniquely Scottish in form, ornament, and construction, the particular hallmarks of Scottish aesthetics and craftsmanship become visible. To illustrate these findings, individual chapters devoted to chests of drawers, wardrobes and linen presses, sideboards, desks and secretaries, tables, chairs, and clocks, offer a comparative study of items. To contextualize and personalize these objects, the author includes a discussion of Scottish migration patterns, artistic and social influences, and the cultural epicenter of New York City. Carefully researched, clearly written, and copiously illustrated, Scottish Cabinetmakers in Federal New York is a valuable resource for dedicated collectors and will introduce new enthusiasts.
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 1343 g
Dimensions: 305 x 229 x 22 mm
"Overall, the book succeeds despite its dry, academic tone, because of the depth of the research and the details offered in photos and such. Those details make this a book well worth reading."--Fine Woodworking
"Carefully researched, clearly written, and copiously illustrated with early maps, drawings and stunning photography, Apicella goes beyond the cut line, adding additional pages of notes at the end of each chapter. The end result is that Scottish Cabinetmakers in Federal New York is a valuable resource for dedicated collectors, and anyone interested in the history of the Scottish furniture-making community in New York."--New England Antiques Journal
" This thorough study of Scottish cabinetmakers, a result of 15 years of research by the author, includes the history of Scottish immigrants to the major style centers, focusing on New York City during the Federal period . . . This book is full of names and historical information gleaned from many sources, including price books, and contains over 160 illustrations plus well-documented notes." --Maine Antique Digest