No.3 - One House Two Worlds —
Kristina Wilson’s article on Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair and the part it played in the mainstreaming of American modernism may not be of much interest to those collectors who favour older collectibles. It would be a pity, for it is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the current issue. Mapping out just how manufacturers and media worked hand-in-hand to reposition American public tastes in the post-war period is both an intriguing narrative and useful insight into the mechanisms of a mass culture in motion.
Naturally, America’s leading antiques magazine pays attention to lots of other key topics in this and every issue. With its primary focus on the American scene, another highlight is the portrait of an intriguing private collection built up by a couple whose passion for the strange complexities of the culture of the southern USA has resulted in a robust collection that has a distinctly folkloric feel to it; buzzing with quirky artefacts exemplifying an American history less frequently laid out in the dominant myths and legends. Equally fascinating is the article on the codes embedded in the work of John Shearer, the legendary 18th century joiner whose exquisite pieces of the Revolutionary War era testify to his pro-British politics.