Catalogue to the gallery exhibition of the same name, December 18, 2014–February 13, 2015
“Very rich and handsome,” as Bostonian Abby Breese Salisbury described a group of furniture she had commissioned from the Boston cabinetmaking firm of Isaac Vose & Son on behalf of her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth Tuckerman Salisbury and Stephen Salisbury of Worcester, might apply as well to the best of American furniture made in the various cabinetmaking centers in the United States—Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore—in the first decades of the 19th century. Very Rich & Handsome, American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts is a multi-media survey exhibition of furniture, metalwork, silver, lighting, ceramics, and glass made in America or specifically for an American clientele between 1810 and the early 1840s. Illustrating the strength and breadth of American artistry and workmanship, this exhibition visually reminds us of the American idea of Neo-Classicism, which Hirschl & Adler Galleries has previously explored in comprehensive exhibitions and publications since 1990. Very Rich & Handsome, the sixth exhibition in the series, is curated by father-daughter team Stuart P. Feld and Elizabeth Feld. This illustrated catalogue features essays on each work in the show.
The catalogue is soft cover, 144 pages, fully illustrated in color.