This is the perfect introduction to Shaker furniture design.This concise book surveys distinctive furniture styles produced during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Shaker communities of New England, Kentucky, and Ohio, with over 130 beautiful full color images. Free-standing tables, chairs, boxes, desks, built-in cupboards, and cases of drawers are shown. The text provides an introduction to nearly twenty Shaker communities, their known cabinetmakers, identifiable traits of furniture designs unique to specific Shaker communites, and the characteristic colorful paints and stains used to finish them.
Timothy D. Rieman is one of the foremost makers of reproduction Shaker furniture. Jean M. Burks is the Curator of Decorative Arts at the Shelburne Museum, in Vermont, which has the pre-eminent public collection of Shaker furniture. They are the authors of a larger, more comprehensive book on the subject, The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture, from Schiffer Publishing.