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Books and SEEING
Posted 9 Feb 2013, by Don
I have hundreds of books in my library that deal with early American antiques (from the 17th century through 19th century), ranging from furniture, to folk art, metalware, woodenware, fakes and frauds, textiles, clothing, museum and private great collections, etc.  Many of my books have worn covers as I have been through them so many times, TRAINING MY EYE as to what is great vs what is not.  In any period, pieces made by one craftsman in a given shop are more successful than like pieces made elsewhere, and my library helps me to learn the difference.  If I had to choose just one book, it would be Fine Points of Furniture, by Albert Sack, known in the trade as "good, better, best".  Albert's book starts one down the journey of learning which design is better than another for a given form in a given early furniture period.  Often a small improvement in design can make the difference of many thousands of dollars of value.       Also, one can learn much from a reference that deals deeply with a vertical space.  A superb example is by my colleague Steve Powers, who's wonderfully photographed and analyzed "North American Burl Treen" allows those interested in early American woodenware the opportunity to learn from an expert. If you would like to acquire books about antiques, I highly recommend Judy Loto, of Russack and Loto Books, Inc. in New Hampshire.  Judy has a vast inventory of books about antiques, knows what is in each one, and can help one build a fabulous library.