Over the last 32 years as a restorer I have also become a collector of books based around the History of British period furniture. With the shelves bowing under the weight of my collection Mrs Garland has put a new law into the house of One in, One out.
This to be fare is a good idea as I can declutter but also move forward with learning my new passion of the Colonial American furniture maker and there evolution within mechanics and materials by using more archaeology practices than just the old school opinions.
All of this started 5 years ago and it would not have even crossed my path but thanks to one piece. Plus the opportunity today to open departments to gain access to information which is on the World Wide Web. This has changed the way I physically examine and look at period furniture. We are so used to listening or reading a book that tell us about there research but in a lot of case no one have ever question it or asked for the evidence not even the publishers.
As I have found there are alot of followers interested in Colonial furniture who belive, if its in print its right but then if its not in print dose that mean its wrong?
No it means we all have to do more of are own correct due diligence and double/triple check and not be affected to ask those authors, how, why, were and lets see the physical evidence.
So to my question regarding Colonial America Furniture is on books for referencing.
Can you name three Colonial American furniture history books that I should read and have on my bookshelves.
And lastly Why?
This is to all American decorative arts Curator Restorer Dealers Historians all views most welcome.