Neoclassicism in the New Nation
Expanding Markets, 1790-1820
Outside of Boston and Salem, the neoclassical style was also embraced by consumers and cabinetmakers in areas west and south of the hub.
In the countryside, many furniture makers alternated furniture making with seasonal agricultural tasks. Responding to local taste, they often created individualistic, delightful versions of the new style, which were ultimately indebted to English designs but also influenced by Boston furniture of the era. Artisans frequently employed cherry as a primary wood in their furniture, and also made use of inlaid decoration in both pictorial and patterned form.
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