“Furnishing Louisiana” Now Available
Scholars, collectors, and art lovers of all manners will delight in Furnishing Louisiana: Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735–1835. An associated exhibition opens February 24, 2012.
A long-overdue addition to the field of decorative arts scholarship, this magisterial study evokes an era before mass production and ease of transport began to homogenize furniture design across America. From the early 18th through the mid-19th centuries, distinctive cabinetmaking traditions developed in the Mississippi River valley through a melding of French, Anglo-American, Caribbean, Canadian, and African influences.
Featuring more than 1,200 full-color illustrations, Furnishing Louisiana presents a comprehensive catalogue of furniture forms produced in the upper and lower Mississippi River valley—along with contextual essays on the cabinetmakers who created early Louisiana furniture; the hardware and the woods, native and exotic, employed in this craft; the art of inlay as it developed locally; the import trade at the Port of New Orleans; and the interior of the early Louisiana home. Furnishing Louisiana stands as tribute to the region’s cultural diversity and remarkable artistry.
The Collection will present an associated exhibition, Furnishing Louisiana: 1735–1835, February 24–June 17, 2012.
Published by The Historic New Orleans Collection, December 2010 • 552 pp. • 1,200+ illustrations • 12½ x 9½ • Cloth • ISBN-13: 978-0-917860-56-0 • ISBN-10: 0-917860-56-X