Print Resources

Boger, Louise. Complete Guide to Furniture Styles. Waveland Press, 1997.

Burke, Doreen Bulger, et al. In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rizzoli, New York, 1987. Wonderful resource for images and background on decorative arts in the Aesthetic style.

Comstock, Helen. American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1980

Cooper, Wendy A. Classical Taste in America: 1800-1840. The Baltimore Museum of Art, Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, 1994. Resource for classical revival style elements.

Dubrow, Eileen and Richard. Styles of American Furniture: 1860-1960. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1997.
Resource for Renaissance Revival, Eastlake, Aesthetic, Mission, and 20th century styles.

Fleming, John, and Hugh Honour. The Dictionary of the Decorative Arts. Harper and Row, New York, 1977. A hard-to-find but fantastic book that illustrates and defines most style elements.

Forrest, Tim (contrib.), and Paul Atterbury (ed.). The Bulfinch Anatomy of Antique Furniture: An Illustrated Guide to Identifying Period, Detail, and Design, vol.1. Bulfinch Press, 1996

Garner, Philippe, ed. The Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts, 1890-1940. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1978.

Linley, David. Classical Furniture. Harry N. Abrams, 1993.

Madigan, Mary Jean, (Intro). Nineteenth Century Furniture: Innovation, Revival and Reform. An Art and Antiques Book, Billboard Publications, New York, 1982. Gives a background to the philosophical and commercial thinking behind style changes during the nineteenth century in the United States.

Naeve, Milo M. Identifying American Furniture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, Colonial to Contemporary. The American Association for State and Local History, Nashville, 1981. A small book with a set of illustrated elements and motifs for each style.

Parker, James, and Amelia Peck. Period Rooms in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Harry N. Abrams, 1996.

Payne, Christopher, ed. Sotheby'sConcise Encyclopedia of Furniture. Antique Collector's Club, 1994.

Smith, Nancy A. Old Furniture: Understanding the Craftsman's Art. Dover Publications, 2nd edition, 1991.

Stimpson, Miriam F. Modern Furniture Classics: A Sourcebook of Styles, Designs, and Manufacturers from 1855 to Today. Watson-Guptill Publications, Inc., 1997.

Print Resources for Symbols in Art

Carr-Gomm, Sarah. The Dictionary of Symbols in Western Art. Facts on File, 1996.

Ferguson, George Wells. Signs and Symbols in Christian Art. Oxford Univ. Press, 1972.

Hall, James A. Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art. HarperCollins, 1979.

Hall, James A. Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art. HarperCollins, 1995.

Speake, Jennifer. The Dent Dictionary of Symbols in Christian Art. Trafalgar Square, 1995.