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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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  • Sack, Albert. Fine Points of Furniture:  Early American.  New York:  Crown Publishers, 1950.  Rev. ed.  Atglen, Pa.:  Schiffer Publishing, 2007.
  • Sack, Albert. “Good, Better, Best in American Furniture.”  Antiques 56, no. 6 (December 1949):  456-59.
  • Sack, Harold. “The Bombé Furniture of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts.”  Antiques 135, no. 5 (May 1989): 1178-89.
  • Sack, Harold. “The Development of the American High Chest of Drawers.”  Antiques 133, no. 5 (May 1988): 1112-27.
  • Sack, Harold, and Dianne Levison. “Queen Anne and Chippendale Armchairs in America.”  Antiques 137, no. 5 (May 1990): 1166-77.
  • Safford, Francis Gruber. American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Vol. 1.  Early Colonial Period:  The Seventeenth-Century and William and Mary Styles.  New York:  Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007.
  • Salm, Betsy Krieg. Women’s Painted Furniture, 1790-1830:  American Schoolgirl Art. Hanover, N.H., and London:  University Press of New England, 2010.
  • Saltar, Gordon, with an introduction by Brock Jobe. “New England Timbers with an Annotated Bibliography.” In Boston Furniture, 251-66.
  • Sander, Penny J., ed. Elegant Embellishments:  Furnishings from New England Homes, 1660-1880.  Boston:  Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, 1982.
  • Saunders, Richard. Collecting and Restoring Wicker Furniture.  New York:  Crown Publishers, 1976.
  • Saunders, Richard. “The Willard Homestead in Grafton, Massachusetts.”  Antiques 102, no. 1 (July 1972):  84-89.
  • Saunders, Richard. Collectors’ Guide to American Wicker Furniture.  New York:  Hearst Books, 1983.
  • Schaffner, Cynthia V. A., and Susan Klein. American Painted Furniture, 1790-1880.  New York:  Clarkson Potter, 1997.
  • Schwartz, Marvin D. “The Boston Heritage in Furniture.”  Antiques World 1, no. 10 (October 1979):  88-92.
  • Scott, Tim. Fine Wicker Furniture, 1870-1930.  West Chester, Pa.:  Schiffer Publishing, 1990.
  • Seale, William. The Tasteful Interlude:  American Interiors Through the Camera’s Eye, 1860-1917.  2d ed., rev.  Nashville, Tenn.:  American Association for State and Local History, 1981.
  • Seidler, Jan. “The Furniture Industry in Victorian Boston.”  Nineteenth Century 3, no. 2 (summer 1977):  64-69.
  • Seidler, Jan. “A Tradition in Transition:  The Boston Furniture Industry, 1840-1880.”  In Victorian Furniture:  Essays from a Victorian Society Autumn Symposium, ed.  Kenneth L. Ames, 65-84.  Philadelphia: Victorian Society in America, 1982.
  • Seidler, Jan. “Transitions in New England’s Nineteenth-Century Furniture Industry:  Technology and Style, 1820-1880.” In Tools and Technologies:  America’s Wooden Age, ed. Paul B. Kebabian and William C. Lipke, 64-79.  Burlington, Vt.:  Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, 1979.
  • Semowich, Charles J., comp. American Furniture Craftsmen Working prior to 1920:  An Annotated Bibliography.  Art Reference Collection, no. 7.  Westport, Conn., and London:  Greenwood Press, 1984.
  • Singleton, Esther. The Furniture of Our Forefathers.  New York:  Doubleday, Page, 1900-1901.  Reprint,  New York:  Benjamin Blom, 1970.
  • Smith, Nancy A. “Boston Nineteenth Century Pianoforte Manufacture:  The Contributions of Jonas Chickering.”  In Victorian Furniture:  Essays from a Victorian Society Autumn Symposium, ed.  Kenneth L. Ames, 103-14.  Philadelphia: Victorian Society in America, 1982.
  • Smith, Nancy A. “The Furniture Legacy of J. Sanger Atwill.”  Essex Institute Historical Collections 126, no. 2 (April 1990):  67-90.
  • Smith, Robert C. “Key Pieces of Federal Furniture.”  Antiques 72, no. 3 (September 1957):  240-43.
  • Smith, Susan Augusta. Ancestors of Moses Belcher Bass.  Boston, 1896.
  • Snow, Julia D. Sophronia. “Daniel Clay, Cabinetmaker of Greenfield.”  Antiques 25, no. 4 (April 1934): 138-39.
  • Spalding, Dexter Edwin. “Abner Toppan, Cabinetmaker.”  Antiques 15, no. 6 (June 1929): 493-95.
  • Spalding, Dexter Edwin. “Benjamin Frothingham of Charlestown, Cabinetmaker and Soldier.”  Antiques 14, no. 6 (December 1928): 536-537.
  • Springer, Lynn E. “American Furniture in the Saint Louis Art Museum.”  Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1184-94.
  • Springer, Lynn E. “The Cabinetmaker’s Art:  Selections of American Furniture to the Early Twentieth Century.”  Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin, new series, 15, no. 3 (summer 1980):  2-48.
  • St. George, Robert Blair. “Fathers, Sons, and Identity:  Woodworking Artisans in Southeastern New England, 1620-1700.”  In The Craftsman in Early America, ed. Ian M. G. Quimby, 89-125.  New York:  W. W. Norton for the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1984.
  • St. George, Robert Blair. “Style and Structure in the Joinery of Dedham and Medfield, Massachusetts, 1635-1685.”  In American Furniture and Its Makers:  Winterthur Portfolio 13, ed. Ian M. G. Quimby, 1-46.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press for the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1979.
  • St. George, Robert Blair. The Wrought Covenant:  Source Material for the Study of Craftsmen and Community in Southeastern Massachusetts, 1620-1700.  Brockton, Mass.:  Brockton Art Center/Fuller Memorial, 1979.
  • Steele, Daniel J. “The Clocks of Simon Willard:  Part 1, The ‘Improved Time Piece.’”  Antiques 1, no. 2 (February 1922):  69-73.
  • Stillinger, Elizabeth. The Antiquers:  The Lives and Careers, the Deals, the Finds, the Collections of the Men and Women Who Were Responsible for the Changing Taste in American Antiques, 1850-1930.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Stinson, Edward R. Massachusetts Furniture of the Queen Anne, Chippendale, and Federal Periods.  Waterville, Me.:  Colby College Museum of Art, 1986.
  • Stoneman, Vernon C. John and Thomas Seymour, Cabinetmakers in Boston, 1794-1816.  Boston:  Special Publications, 1959.
  • Stoneman, Vernon C. “The Pedimented Tambour Desks of the Seymours.”  Antiques 74, no. 3 (September 1958):  222-24.
  • Stoneman, Vernon C. A Supplement to John and Thomas Seymour, Cabinetmakers in Boston, 1794-1816.  Boston:  Special Publications, 1965.
  • Strachan, Ruth, and Helen Comstock. “Renewed Study of Salem Secretaries.”  Antiques 88, no. 4 (October 1965):  502-5.
  • Sullivan, Gary R. “Southeastern Massachusetts Dwarf Clocks.”  Antiques and Fine Art 9, no. 2 (winter/spring 2009):  274-81.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “American Slab Tables.”  Antiques 63, no. 1 (January 1953):  40-43.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “Boston’s Carvers and Joiners.”  Part 1, Antiques 53, no. 3 (March 1948): 198-201.  Part 2, Antiques 53, no. 4 (April 1948): 281-85.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “Furniture of the Boston Tories.”  Antiques 41, no. 3 (March 1942):  186-89.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “Furnituremakers of Charlestown.”  Antiques 32, no. 4 (October 1944): 203-6.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “General Stephen Badlam, Cabinet and Looking Glass Maker.”  Antiques 65, no. 5 (May 1954): 380-83.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “The Johnstons and the Reas—Japanners.”  Antiques 43, no. 5 (May 1943): 211-213.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “John Seymour and Son, Cabinetmakers.”  Antiques 32, no. 4 (October 1937) 176-180.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “Major Benjamin Frothingham, Cabinetmaker.”  Antiques 62, no. 5 (November 1952): 392-95.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “The Man Who Made Simon Willard’s Clock Cases:  John Doggett of Roxbury.”  Antiques 15, no. 3 (March 1929):  196-200.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “McIntire:  Check and Countercheck.”  Antiques 21, no. 2 (February 1932):  86-87.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “McIntire Vindicated:  Fresh Evidence of the Furniture Carvers of Salem.”  Antiques 26, no. 4 (October 1934):  130-32.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “Newburyport Furnituremakers.”  Antiques 47, no. 4 (April 1945): 222-25.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “Orrery by Joseph Pope of Boston.”  Antiques 31, no. 3 (March 1937):  112-115.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “A Revised Estimate of McIntire.”  Antiques 20, no. 6 (December 1931):  338-343.
  • Swan, Mabel M. Samuel McIntire, Carver, and the Sandersons, Early Salem Cabinet Makers.  Salem, Mass.:  Essex Institute, 1934.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “Simeon Skillin, Senior:  The First American Sculptor.”  Antiques 46, no. 1 (July 1944): 21.
  • Swan, Mabel M. “Where Elias Hasket Derby Bought His Furniture.”  Antiques 20, no. 5 (November 1931): 280-82.