Picks and Pans Review: American Furniture: 1620 to the Present

updated 01/18/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/18/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Jonathan L. Fairbanks & Elizabeth Bidwell Bates

A coincidental companion volume to Walker's is this comprehensive history of American furniture from the Pilgrims to now. The first major treatment of the subject since Wallace Nutting's 1928 classic Furniture Treasury, the book examines the craftsmanship employed by native furniture makers as they translated and adapted European styles. There is obvious scholarship in the readable text by Fairbanks, the curator of American Decorative Arts at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Bates, a cultural historian. Handsomely designed, with 100 excellent color illustrations, this is a must-own book for anyone interested in American antiques. (Richard Marek, $50)

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