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This is a uniquely personal account of one man’s adventure in acquiring and bringing back to life some of America’s most enticing and historically-significant dwellings. This book, filled with color photography, serves as a beautiful reminder of the foresight, vision and dedication of one of the country’s most ardent collectors and a challenge to all who care about America’s architectural and artistic heritage.
In Dick Jenrette’s more recent book, More Adventures With Old Houses, he writes about his odyssey of finding and returning the antiques and fine arts that belonged to the early 19th century owners of Edgewater, his classical revival home, built in the 1820s on the Hudson River. The story of how these furnishings came “home again” is nothing short of miraculous. This book is a sequel to Adventures With Old Houses.
Carolinian on the Hudson is the family history of Robert Donaldson, described by one historian as “a distinguished taste maker who played a seminal role in mid-nineteenth century American architecture and landscape design.” Donaldson’s illustrious friends Alexander Jackson Davis and Andrew Jackson Downing repeatedly acknowledged his influence on their own careers. Yet remarkably little has been known or written about him. This book fills that void, demonstrating that an absorbing biography lies behind his name.
Duncan Phyfe (1768–1854), known during his lifetime as the “United States Rage,” to this day remains America’s best-known cabinetmaker. Establishing his reputation as a purveyor of luxury by designing high-quality furniture for New York’s moneyed elite, Phyfe would come to count among his clients some of the nation’s wealthiest and most storied families. This richly illustrated volume covers the full chronological sweep of the craftsman’s distinguished career, from his earliest furniture— which bears the influence of his 18th-century British predecessors Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Hope—to his late simplified designs in the Grecian Plain.