Thomas Day

BOOK: Marshall and Leimenstoll on Thomas Day’s Craft

Thoms Day

Patricia Phillips Marshall and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, Thomas Day Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

via UNC Press:

“Thomas Day (1801-61), a free man of color from Milton, North Carolina, became the most successful cabinetmaker in North Carolina–white or black–during a time when most blacks were enslaved and free blacks were restricted in their movements and activities. His surviving furniture and architectural woodwork still represent the best of nineteenth-century craftsmanship and aesthetics.

In this lavishly illustrated book, Patricia Phillips Marshall and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll show how Day plotted a carefully charted course for success in antebellum southern society. Beginning in the 1820s, he produced fine furniture for leading white citizens and in the 1840s and ’50s diversified his offerings to produce newel posts, stair brackets, and distinctive mantels for many of the same clients. As demand for his services increased, the technological improvements Day incorporated into his shop contributed to the complexity of his designs….”

Image Credit: Whatnot, 1853-1860. Collection of Margaret Walker Brunson Hill, courtesy of the Renwick Gallery. As shown on Smithsonian Mag (Click for more)

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