Wadsworth Atheneum

WALLACE NUTTING AND THE INVENTION OF OLD AMERICA

For devotees of American decorative arts, Wallace Nutting needs little introduction. A Congregational minister turned author, photographer, and wildly successful entrepreneur, Nutting was the principal authority on early American furniture for much of the twentieth century and played an important role in the development of a colonial revival aesthetic and ideology. He collected, reproduced, and marketed colonial artifacts, and the goods and experiences he offered his middle-class customers promoted his idealized notion of a time and place that he called "Old America." This handsomely illustrated book is the first full-length study of Nutting's life and work. 

Details: By Thomas Denenberg
published 2003, 228 pages, hardcover

 

 

 

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