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Pride in our heritage.


"Our timing is right. People are proud to be American again," said Janice Karrer of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village about the major museum replica program introduced in High Point by Century Furniture. Century president Harley (Buck) Shuford added, "This time is particularly appropriate to introduce designs from our own heritage."

The Dearborn, Mich., museum's holdings include more than 90,000 home furnishing artifacts spanning more than 350 years. Fifty-four adaptations or reproductions of museum originals in Century's Henry Ford Collection provide a sense of American life as it was lived day by day. For example, a reproduction William and Mary gateleg table typifies an era when a family used a single piece of furniture for preparing food, eating and working. A table in such a household would have its leaves raised or dropped several times a day, depending upon the need for floor space or table space.

The years covered by the new collection - the mid-1700s to the mid-1800s - were a time of rapid change. Americans fought a war of independence, invented a new form of government and experienced the industrial revolution. Their furnishings reflected these changes as Americans rejected the opulence of European nobility for comfort and style. The result was home furnishings that were durable and functional, from simple and rustic to more formal and ornately carved.

In the 1960s, Century designer Raymond Sobota visited the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village for inspiration in designing American furniture. He decided, instead, to create reproductions of the fine pieces in the museum archives. Century manufactured the collection for seven years.

"Now, interest in our American heritage and the demand for authentic reproductions make it highly appropriate to introduce an expanded collection," said Nancy Dowdy, Century senior vice president. "These furnishings are perfect for today's consumers. They offer quality craftsmanship and value with the added benefits of authenticity, a connection with our American heritage and pride in our past."

PHOTO : The Mennonite Soap Hollow cupboard (circa 1851) is an authentic reproduction from Century Furniture's Henry Ford Collection. It is offered painted and stenciled as shown, or with a cherry finish.

PHOTO : The sideboard first appeared in the late 18th century for storing linens and tableware. This New England sideboard is distinguished by an American eagle inlay typical of the early Federal period.

PHOTO : The tile top of this cherry tea table is both practical and decorative. Blue and white Delft tiles in windmill and sailboat motifs provide a waterproof surface.

PHOTO : A Queen Anne high chest of drawers in cherry (circa 1770) features cabriole legs, flame finials and a scrolled pediment. The chest is among Century Furniture's Henry Ford Collection of museum reproductions.
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Title Annotation:International Home Furnishings Market
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Date:Jun 1, 1991
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