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Little by Little
Six Decades of Collecting American Decorative Arts
Nina Fletcher Little




Historic New England
1998 • 308 pp. 372 illus. (147 color). 8 1/2 x 11"
Decorative Arts & Material Culture / Antiques & Collectibles

$39.95 Paperback, 978-0-87451-866-5



“Lavishly illustrated, lucidly written, and anecdotally fascinating, this is a magnificent book.”—Wendell D. Garrett, The Magazine Antiques

This matchless account of a superb collection of New England country arts of the 17th through the 19th centuries tells the story of the collection and describes the joys, pitfalls, and philosophy of collecting with grace, humor, and great knowledge.

An inspiring account of the superb collection of New England country arts of the 17th through the 19th centuries assembled “little by little” over six decades by Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little.

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This is sparkling scholarship about wonderful objects collected with knowledge, courage, and flair, cherished at home and generously shared through exhibitions and publications. The Littles [were] model collectors and every collector and dealer in the field of American decorative arts will enjoy and profit from this book.”—Jean Lipman, author of The Flowering of American Folk Art



NINA FLETCHER LITTLE spent over sixty years collecting and writing about New England antiques until her death in 1993. Her "special contribution was to bridge the worlds of American antiques and folk art, bringing the antiquarian's passion for the past to the study of folk art. She combined a keen appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of an object with a determination to discover everything possible about the historical and social context in which it was created -- who made it, when and where, how it was used and by whom. For her there was no contest between object and context: she honored both." -- Folk Art SPNEA has also reissued her books Neat and Tidy: Boxes and Their Contents Used in Early American Households and Country Arts in Early American Homes



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