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Nearly every publication on American furniture, especially those on early American furniture, mentions objects from Massachusetts, by virtue of the age of the state and its importance in the world of furniture since the seventeenth century.  The following list is therefore of necessity selective.

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  • Fairbanks, Jonathan L. Becoming a Nation:  Americana from the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S. Department of State.  Ed. Gerald W. R. Ward.  New York:  Rizzoli, 2003.
  • Fairbanks, Jonathan L. “A Decade of Collecting American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”  Antiques 120, no. 3 (September 1981):  590-636.
  • Fairbanks, Jonathan L. “Recent Renovations to the Oak Hill Rooms at the Museum.”  Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin 81 (1983):  5-14.
  • Fairbanks, Jonathan L., and Elizabeth Bidwell Bates. American Furniture, 1620 to the Present.  New York:  Richard Marek, 1981.
  • Fairbanks, Jonathan L., and Robert F. Trent. “New England Begins:  The Seventeenth Century:  An Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 5-August 22, 1982.”  Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1126-29.
  • Fairbanks, Jonathan L., and Robert F. Trent. New England Begins:  The Seventeenth Century.  3 vols. Boston:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1982.
  • Fairbanks, Jonathan L., et. al. Collecting American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, 1971-1991.  Boston:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1991.
  • Fales, Dean A., Jr. America Painted Furniture, 1660-1880.  New York:  E. P. Dutton, 1972.
  • Fales, Dean A., Jr. “Boston Japanned Furniture.”  In Boston Furniture, 49-70.
  • Fales, Dean A., Jr. “Cotton Bennett, Beverly Cabinetmaker:  A Discovery.”  Essex Institute Historical Collections 100 (July 1964): 155-58.
  • Fales, Dean A., Jr. Essex County Furniture:  Documented Treasures from Local Collections, 1660-1860.  Salem, Mass.:  Essex Institute, 1965.
  • Fales, Dean A., Jr. The Furniture of Historic Deerfield.  New York:  E. P. Dutton, 1976.
  • Fales, Dean A., Jr. “New England Painted Furniture.”  Antiques 133, no. 2 (February 1988):  472-79.
  • Fales, Dean A., Jr. “Two Boston Cabinetmakers of the 1820’s.”  Antiques 103, no. 5 (May 1973):  1002-3.  (Re Moses Mellon and George and Jacob Smith.)
  • Fales, Martha Lou Gandy, and Dean A. Fales, Jr. “Floral Carving on Early American Furniture.”  Antiques 67, no. 4 (April 1955):  316-29.
  • Farnam, Anne. “A. H. Davenport and Company, Boston Furniture Makers.”  Antiques 109, no. 5 (May 1976): 1048-55.
  • Farnam, Anne. “The A. H. Davenport Company of Boston:  Notes on the Upholsterer’s Trade in the Late-19th and Early 20th Centuries.”  In Upholstery in America and Europe from the Seventeenth Century to World War I, ed. Edward S. Cooke, Jr., 231-38.  New York:  W. W. Norton, 1987.
  • Farnam, Anne. “Furniture at the Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts.”  Antiques 111, no. 5 (May 1977): 958-73.
  • Farnam, Anne. “H. H. Richardson and A. H. Davenport:  Architecture and Furniture as Big Business in America’s Gilded Age.”  In Tools and Technologies:  America’s Wooden Age, ed. Paul B. Kebabian and William C. Lipke, 80-92.  Burlington, Vt.:  Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, 1979.
  • Farnham, Katharine G. “Poised Perfection:  A Massachusetts Queen Anne Highboy.”  Bulletin of the Friends of the Decorative Arts, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (fall 1977):  10-12.
  • Feld, Stuart P., with an introductory essay by Page Talbott. Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism, 1810-1840.  New York:  Hirschl and Adler Galleries, 1999.
  • Fitzgerald, Oscar P. Four Centuries of American Furniture. Radnor, Pa.:  Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1995.
  • Fitzsimmons, Paul, Rob Tarule, and Donald P. White III. Discovering Dennis:  The Search for Thomas Dennis among the Artisans of Exeter.  Exeter, England:  Marhamchurch Antiques, 2009.
  • Flanigan, J. Michael. American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection.  Washington, D.C.:  National Gallery of Art, 1986.
  • Flynt, Suzanne L. “Old-Fashioned and Honest:  Dr. Thorn’s Colonial Revival Furniture.”  Historic Deerfield 11 (winter 2010):  46-49.
  • Flynt, Suzanne, with a foreword by Wendy Kaplan. Poetry to the Earth:  The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield.  Deerfield, Mass.:  Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association; Stockbridge, Mass.:  Hard Press Editions; Easthampton, Mass.: Hudson Hills Press, 2013.
  • Foley, Paul J. Willard’s Patent Time Pieces:  A History of the Weight-Driven Banjo Clock, 1800-1900.  Nowell, Mass.:  Roxbury Village Publishing, 2002.
  • Follansbee, Peter. “Connecting a London-Trained Joiner to 1630s Plymouth Colony.”  Antiques and Fine Art 8, no. 1 (summer/autumn 2007):  200-205.
  • Follansbee, Peter. “Manuscripts, Marks, and Material Culture:  Sources for Understanding the Joiner’s Trade in Seventeenth-Century America.”  AF 2002, 125-46.
  • Follansbee, Peter. “A Seventeenth-Century Carpenter’s Conceit:  The Waldo Family Joined Great Chair.”  AF 1998, 197-214.
  • Follansbee, Peter. “Unpacking the Little Chest.”  Old-Time New England 78, no. 268 (spring/summer 2000); 5-23.
  • Follansbee, Peter, and John D. Alexander. “Seventeenth-Century Joinery from Braintree, Massachusetts:  The Savell Shop Tradition.”  AF 1996, 81-104.
  • Follansbee, Peter, and Robert F. Trent. “Reassessing the London-Style Joinery and Turning of Seventeenth-Century Boston.”  AF 2010, 194-240.
  • Forman, Benno M. American Seating Furniture, 1630-1730:  An Interpretive Catalogue.  New York:  W. W. Norton, a Winterthur Book, 1988.
  • Forman, Benno M. “The Chest of Drawers in America, 1635-1730:  The Origins of the Joined Chest of Drawers.”  Winterthur Portfolio 20, no. 1 (spring 1985): 1-35.
  • Forman, Benno M. “Furniture for Dressing in Early America, 1650-1730:  Forms, Nomenclature, Use.”  Winterthur Portfolio 22, nos. 2/3 (summer/autumn 1987):  149-64.
  • Forman, Benno M. “The Osborne Family Chest Rediscovered.”  Historical New Hampshire 26, no. 1 (spring 1971): 26-30.
  • Forman, Benno M. “Salem Tradesman and Craftsmen Circa 1762:  A Contemporary Document.”  Essex Institute Historical Collections 107, no. 1 (January 1971): 62-81.
  • Forman, Benno M. “Urban Aspects of Massachusetts Furniture in the Late Seventeenth Century.”  Winterthur Conference Report 1969:  Country Cabinetwork and Simple City Furniture, ed. John D. Morse, 1-33.  Charlottesville:  University Press of Virginia, 1969.
  • Frank, Stuart M. Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved:  Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum:  A Comprehensive Catalog of the World’s Largest Collection.  Boston:  David R. Godine in association with New Bedford Whaling Museum, 2012.
  • Fraser, Esther. “Painted Furniture in America.”  Antiques 5, no. 6 (June 1924): 302-6.
  • Fraser, Esther. “A Pedigreed Lacquered Highboy.”  Antiques 15, no. 5 (May 1929):  398-401.
  • Fraser, Esther Stevens. “Early Boston Japanners.”  Antiques 43, no. 5 (May 1943):  208-11.
  • Fraser, Esther Stevens. “The Tantalizing Chests of Taunton.”  Antiques 23, no. 4 (April 1933): 135-38.
  • Freund, Joan Barzilay, and Leigh Keno. “The Making and Marketing of Boston Seating Furniture in the Late Baroque Style.”  AF 1998, 1-40.
  • Friary, Donald R. “The Jonathan Smith, Jr., Chest on Chest on Frame.”   Antiques 151, no. 1 (January 1997):  222-23.