Book Review: Winterthur Portfolio 10
Published in 1975 by the University Press of Virginia for The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, this book holds some valuable reference material for Victorian furniture fans. I personally purchased it for the multitude of Phoenix Furniture Co. photos such as the one above that provide a reference for the furniture that they made in the late 1870s.
The photos are part of a broader article on the furniture of Grand Rapids at the time of the Centennial by Kenneth Ames. Berkey and Gay, Nelson, Matter and Co., and Phoenix are all prominently featured with excellent catalog images.
“The Influence of Charles Locke Eastlake on the American Furniture Manufacture, 1870-90” by Mary Jean Smith Madigan is another noteworthy article as are “Design Sources for Nineteenth-Century Window Hangings” by Samuel J. Dornsife (30 pages with exceptional images) and “Associated Artists and the American Renaissance in the Decorative Arts” by Wilson H. Faude.
Although no longer published, used copies can be found via Amazon. You may try here for a copy if this interests you.
Speaking of the Centennial, you may be interested to see some photos that I recently took of the only major building that has survived from the Centennial Exhibition, Memorial Hall in Philadelphia.