Connecticut Valley Furniture by Eliphalet Chapin And His Contemporaries, 1750-1800:
Connecticut Valley Furniture offers the first-ever systematic framework for clifying eighteenth-century Connecticut case furniture - high chests, dressing tables, desks, bureaus, chests-on-chests. Nearly two hundred illustrated entries present the findings of the Hartford Case Furniture Study, an extensive field study of over five hundred regional examples conducted over fourteen years by independent furniture scholars Thomas P. Kugelman and Alice K. Kugelman and furniture consultant and restorer Robert Lionetti. The book defines four major style centers emanating from the towns of Wethersfield, East Windsor, and Colchester, Connecticut, as well the Springfield-Northampton region of Machusetts. Over half of the illustrations feature unpublished or little-known furniture pieces discovered in private or small insutional collections, in addition to the extraordinary holdings of the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and other major collections. Complementing the text period maps, an illustrated glossary, biographies of selected cabinetmakers, and six interpretive essays.