|Kemble Widmer & Joyce King|
|Pages/Publication Date:||284 / 2014|
|Publisher:||Peabody Essex Museum|
Among the storied designers of early American furniture, Nathaniel Gould has loomed as something of a mystery; believed to have been prolific, skilled, and exceptionally enterprising, Gould's work has been difficult to authenticate. The unexpected finding of Gould's account ledgers in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society facilitated the discovery of previously unknown works by Salem's leading craftsman during the Revolutionary era, a creator of objects simple yet ingenious, timeless yet distinctly American. In this handsomely produced, exquisitely photographed book, dozens of Gould's tables, chairs, bureaus, and cabinets are shown in color, while the text pieces together what is known of his life and identifies the hallmarks of his style, and provides additional information on the world he inhabited. The appendices list Gould's clients as well as the pieces they commissioned.