University of South Carolina Press

Charleston Furniture, 1700-1825


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or fashion, elegance, and wealth, the port city of Charleston, South Carolina, flourished without parallel in colonial America, and the furniture that filled its fine homes reflected the prosperity and sophistication of its strikingly urbane population. E. Milby Burton's classic study, illustrated with more than 140 photographs, catalogues the trends in design and changes in taste of a city that amassed some of the finest furniture in North America. He profiles the remarkable number of local cabinet makers and other skilled craftspeople, including some African American slaves and freedmen, who supplied the city and surrounding plantations with furniture, and he traces the importation of furniture from England and other parts of North America.

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