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Author Marshall, Patricia Phillips.

Title Thomas Day : master craftsman and free man of color / Patricia Phillips Marshall and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill : Published in association with the North Carolina Museum of History by the University of North Carolina Press, [2010]


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 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  749.214 MA    Check Shelf
Description xii, 289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 29 cm.
Series The Richard Hampton Jenrette series in architecture and the decorative arts
Richard Hampton Jenrette series in architecture & the decorative arts.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Thomas Day (1801-61), a free man of color from Milton, North Carolina, became the most successful cabinetmaker in North Carolina--white or black--during a time when most blacks were enslaved and free blacks were restricted in their movements and activities. His surviving furniture and architectural woodwork still represent the best of nineteenth-century craftsmanship and aesthetics. Patricia Phillips Marshall and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll show how Day plotted a carefully charted course for success in antebellum southern society. Beginning in the 1820s, he produced fine furniture for leading white citizens and in the 1840s and '50s diversified his offerings to produce newel posts, stair brackets, and distinctive mantels for many of the same clients. As demand for his services increased, the technological improvements Day incorporated into his shop contributed to the complexity of his designs. Day's style, characterized by undulating shapes, fluid lines, and spiraling forms, melded his own unique motifs with popular design forms, resulting in a distinctive interpretation readily identified to his shop. The photographs in the book document furniture in public and private collections and architectural woodwork from private homes not previously associated with Day. The book provides information on more than 160 pieces of furniture and architectural woodwork that Day produced for 80 structures between 1835 and 1861. Through in-depth analysis and generous illustrations, Marshall and Leimenstoll provide a comprehensive perspective on and a new understanding of the powerful sense of aesthetics and design that mark Day's legacy.
Subject Day, Thomas, approximately 1801-approximately 1861 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Furniture -- North Carolina -- History -- 19th century.
Added Author Leimenstoll, Jo Ramsay.
ISBN 9780807833414 cloth alkaline paper
080783341X cloth alkaline paper
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