The exhibit mounted at the Newport Historical Society from the fall of 1986 to the fall of 1987 answered one question and posed another. It answered the question: what characteristics identify a piece of colonial furniture as having been made in Newport? The question posed by the exhibit is why did Newport cabinetmakers develop their own unique and remarkable style? This article examines and describes the exhibit itself and seeks to answer these questions regarding colonial furniture design and creation.
Ott, Joseph K.; Snydacker, Daniel; and Walker, Deborah
"Masterpieces of Simplicity: Newport Desks and Chairs, 1740-1780,"
Newport History: Vol. 60:
208, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol60/iss208/3