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John Cross
The transference of skills and styles from the American to the Jamaican furniture trade during the 18th century

Journal article

Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts
December 2004
ISSN: 0098-9266

pp. 49-73

This article is in two parts; the first discusses the production, design and source of the Windsor chair in Jamaica in the 18th century while the second, prompted by his inclusion in a recent scholarly work on Charleston Furniture, examines the career of the South Carolina and Jamaica cabinet-maker John Fisher.

The happy juxtaposition of the common Windsor chair and Fisher's reputation in Charleston, and later Kingston, illustrates the exportation of skills, styles and design to Jamaica for much of the 18th century, not from Britain but from America.

The cultural current from the eastern seaboard of America to the Caribbean has so far been a much neglected facet of post colonial American studies.


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