of American Furniture
Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio ’87
Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio ’87 is the editor of Masterpieces
of American Furniture From the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
(Syracuse University Press), a collection of photographs and
essays that celebrate 19th-century American furniture and explore
artistic influences on the makers and designers of these important
pieces. D’Ambrosio’s collection offers new research
by some of the foremost scholars in the decorative arts field
into stylistic influences, manufacturing techniques and the
complex nature of the furniture trade. The pieces photographed
and discussed in the text were selected for both their artistic
and historical importance. Over 100 photographs and 65 essays
explore the careers of America’s preeminent cabinetmakers
and shops, including Charles Baudouine, the Herter Brothers
and Anthony Quervelle.
Gerald W.R. Ward, the Carolyn & Peter Lynch Associate Curator of American
Decorative Arts & Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, collaborated
with Anna in reviewing the essays.
Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio has been
the curator of decorative arts at the Munson-Williams-Proctor
Institute Museum of Art, in Utica, N.Y., since 1989. She
resides in Utica with her husband, Paul, and daughter, Julia.