Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850 by Brock JobeHarbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850 by Brock Jobe

Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850

byBrock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, Jack O'Brien

Hardcover | March 1, 2009

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Through furniture, this exhibition catalogue will explore the cultural identity of a little-studied region of 18th and 19th century New England: southeastern Massachusetts, an area that stretches from just south of Boston to Providence, east to the tip of Cap Cod, and includes the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The era between 1710 and 1850 was marked by enormous changes in the landscape, population, and economy of this area, as well as in the activities of furniture craftsmen and the purchasing patterns of local residents. Three themes are paramount here: 1. Regionalism in the character of furniture made in the area and the forces that shaped that identity. 2. Fashion, changing tastes and the growing affluence of local residents over time. 3. Shop practices and the evolving craft practices of furniture makers through the recreation of two shops, the rural handcraft tradition of Samuel Wing of Sandwich in 1800 and the mechanized operation of a New Bedford or Fall River chair factory in 1850. The exhibition will include approximately 75 pieces of furniture from private and institutional collections, tools and equipment from the Samuel Wing cabinet shop (now owned by Sturbridge Village), and selected household furnishings depicting interiors in southeastern Massachusetts during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Title:Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:458 pages, 12 × 9 × 1.4 inShipping dimensions:12 × 9 × 1.4 inPublished:March 1, 2009Publisher:University Press of New EnglandLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0912724684

ISBN - 13:9780912724683

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Leslie Greene Bowman . Preface - Brock Jobe . Acknowledgments . Author's Note . An Introduction to Southeastern Massachusetts and Its Furniture - Brock Jobe . Shaped by the Sea: Cabinetmaking in Southeastern Massachusetts - Jack O'Brien and Derin Bray . Clockmaking in Southeastern Massachusetts: The Bailey Family of Hanover - Gary R. Sulllivan . CATALOGUE - Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, Jack O'Brien, Derin Bray, Dennis Carr, Karin Goldstein, Forbes Maner, Nicholas S. Schonberger, Laura Simo, Martha Willoughby . APPENDIX: Southeastern Cabinetmakers and Clockmakers: 1710-1850 - Gary R. Sullivan . Notes . Selected Bibliography . Index

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the SPNEA/Historic New England Book Prize (2010)Through furniture, this exhibition catalogue will explore the cultural identity of a little-studied region of 18th and 19th century New England: southeastern Massachusetts, an area that stretches from just south of Boston to Providence, east to the tip of Cap Cod, and includes the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The era between 1710 and 1850 was marked by enormous changes in the landscape, population, and economy of this area, as well as in the activities of furniture craftsmen and the purchasing patterns of local residents. Three themes are paramount here:1. Regionalism in the character of furniture made in the area and the forces that shaped that identity. 2. Fashion, changing tastes and the growing affluence of local residents over time.3. Shop practices and the evolving craft practices of furniture makers through the recreation of two shops, the rural handcraft tradition of Samuel Wing of Sandwich in 1800 and the mechanized operation of a New Bedford or Fall River chair factory in 1850. The exhibition will include approximately 75 pieces of furniture from private and institutional collections, tools and equipment from the Samuel Wing cabinet shop (now owned by Sturbridge Village), and selected household furnishings depicting interiors in southeastern Massachusetts during the 18th and 19th centuries.“Brock Jobe’s Harbor & Home proves that understanding the physical context of regional history is critical to understanding its material culture. The book brings antique photographs, ledger book analysis and other salty tales about seafaring commerce, craftsmanship, and connoisseurship to unfurling new knowledge about furniture-making in a region of New England that has escaped deep primary research until now. From acquisition to auction, the early furniture found in Harbor & Home identifies the work of new shop traditions and refines the template for regional study of American craftsmanship by using many artifacts in private collections. As value added, Gary R. Sullivan’s writing on timekeeping south of Boston augments our overall understanding of clockmaking in Federal era Massachusetts.” - Philip Zea, President, Historic Deerfield, Inc