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Early American Furnishings

A Sad Commentary………The Case of the $2,056.25 Eagle (addendum: and The Subsequent Eagle that Came Home to Roost)

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 by   No Comments Yet

Most period inlaid American furniture was enhanced with said inlay at the time of its’ manufacture.  Ideally, the embellishments themselves were important components, integral to the design and final fabrication of the piece.  In the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, however, inlayists, or “ebonist(e)s”, would sometimes actually make house calls to add inlay to [..Read more]

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The Elephant Across the Hall

Posted on May 27, 2017 by   No Comments Yet

Perhaps it is not so much that there’s a bee in my bonnet, as that I am concerned an entire “school of” has been created, and in some cases taken as gospel, not only based on less than convincing conclusions, but more importantly, very probably at the expense of the true artisan(s) behind the work. [..Read more]

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Baltimore Carved Bellflowers (and Paterae, Plumes, and Swags)

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 by   No Comments Yet

In a discipline traditionally challenged by a paucity of labeled work and minimal historical documentation, any and all trying efforts toward further academic knowledge are certainly laudable.  But in our exuberance to embrace these new valid ideas, it is important to give due credence to the century of scholarship that precedes us.  We cannot cavalierly [..Read more]

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