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From Antiques Roadshow to the Rhode Island Furniture Archive: Identifying Antique Furniture Today

Phillip Zimmerman, Museum and Decorative Arts Consultant, Author, And American Antique Furniture Broker and Appraiser

Accurate identification is integral to owning, acquiring, and selling early American (and other) furniture.  The Internet and other resources provide abundant information, but what is truly useful and accurate for today’s researchers?  Using illustrated anecdotes, this presentation evaluates new and conventional evidence and strategies that help or hinder more accurate identifications and evaluations

Picture 1: Side chair by Nathaniel Gould, Salem, Massachusetts, 1760-1780.  Private collection.
Picture 2; Desk and bookcase by Ichabod Cole, Warren, Rhode Island, 1790.  Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Inc.
Picture 3: Desk and bookcase attributed to Daniel Spencer, Providence, Rhode Island, 1772-1790.  Yale University.

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