Out of the attic :inventing antiques in twentieth-century New England /Briann G. Greenfield.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-258437

Description

xii, 265 p. : ill. ; 24 cm., Briann G. Greenfield traces the transformation of antiques from family keepsakes to valuable artistic objects, examining the role of collectors, dealers, and museum makers in the construction of a new tradition based on the aesthetic qualities of early American furnishings. While recognizing the significance of antiques as symbols of an enduring American culture, Greenfield also delves behind popular rhetoric to examine the development of a retail structure specifically designed to facilitate the buying and selling of old wares. --from publisher description

Details

Descriptive Terms

Antiques business History 20th century.
House furnishings Marketing
Antiquitätenmarkt.
Antiquität.
Antiquitätenhandel.
Antiek
Kunstcollecties
Kunsthandel
Antiquities Collectors and collecting History 20th century.

Originator

Greenfield, Briann (Briann G.), 1970-

Contents

Introduction. Inventing antiques -- 1. Priceless and price : the antiquing of New England -- 2. The Jewish dealer : antiques, acculturation, and aesthetics -- 3. Jessie Barker Gardner and George Gardner : making a collection permanent -- 4. Highboys and high culture : adopting an American aesthetic in Deerfield, Massachusetts -- 5. Exhibiting the ordinary : history making at the Smithsonian -- Epilogue. The end of the antique?

Publication

Amherst [Mass.] : University of Massachusetts Press

Publisher Series

Public history in historical perspective
Public history in historical perspective.

Description

xii, 265 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Briann G. Greenfield traces the transformation of antiques from family keepsakes to valuable artistic objects, examining the role of collectors, dealers, and museum makers in the construction of a new tradition based on the aesthetic qualities of early American furnishings. While recognizing the significance of antiques as symbols of an enduring American culture, Greenfield also delves behind popular rhetoric to examine the development of a retail structure specifically designed to facilitate the buying and selling of old wares. --from publisher description

Notes

Includes index.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-251) and index.
Complimentary copy.

ISBN

9781558497108 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1558497102 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781558497092 (library cloth : alk. paper)
1558497099 (library cloth : alk. paper)

Call Number

Stacks NK1133.28.G74 2009

Material Type

Case studies.

Places

New England
Neuengland.
New England (Verenigde Staten)

Variant Title

Inventing antiques in twentieth-century New England