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Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830

Now available in the Bookstore, Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830 is a delight for lovers of decorative arts and fans of American history alike. Featuring nearly 400 illustrations of beautifully constructed and carved objects, this stunning volume examines furniture made throughout the colony and eventual state, from the earliest days of the settlement to the late Federal period. In five essays and more than 100 catalogue entries, Art and Industry in Early America offers a richly detailed history of—and the newest research on—this dynamic school of American furniture making. Readers can marvel at the remarkable craftsmanship of iconic pieces made in Newport and Providence, while gaining a deeper understanding of the small-scale shop traditions, patronage, and artistic collaboration that came to define the era.

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