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Contents
American Furniture 1999

Editorial Statement
Luke Beckerdite

Preface
Allen M. Taylor

Introduction
Jonathan Prown

The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables
Patricia E. Kane

Eighteenth-Century Cabinet Shops and the Furniture-Making Trades in Newport, Rhode Island
Mack Headley

Politics, Enterprise, and Design: The Nature and Influence of Windsor Chairmaking in Early Federal Rhode Island
Nancy Goyne Evans

Rhode Island Influence in the Work of Two North Carolina Cabinetmakers
John Bivins

The Accounts of Job Townsend, Jr.
Martha H. Willoughby

A Different Rhode Island Block-and-Shell Story: Providence Provenances and Pitch-Pediments
Wendy A. Cooper and Tara L. Gleason

New Insights on Early Rhode Island Furniture
Robert F. Trent

“America’s Contribution to Craftsmanship”: The Exaltation and Interpretation of Newport Furniture
Gerald W. R. Ward

The Serpentine Furniture of Colonial Newport
Philip Zea

Book Reviews

Useful Improvements, Innumerable Temptations: Pursuing Refinement in Rural New England, 1750–1850,
Review by Margaretta M. Lovell

The Book of American Windsor Furniture: Styles and Technologies
Review by Jean M. Burks

Grand Rapids Furniture: The Story of America’s Furniture City
Review by Barry R. Harwood

There’s a Bed in the Piano: The Inside Story of the American Home
Review by Philip D. Zimmerman

The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design
Review by Philip D. Zimmerman

Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
Review by Heidi Nasstrom