Book: Cowboy High Style
Hardcover - NEW condition, still has dust jacket, Jacket is in archival plastic protection
By Elizabeth Clair Flood
Copyright date: 1992
The western decorative style first became fashionable in the 1930's and 1940's, when dude ranches and lodges were among the most popular tourist destinations. Many of these retreats were outfitted by Cody, Wyoming, furniture maker Thomas C. Molesworth, who worked mainly with swollen burls, rich leathers, and vibrant Chimayo weavings, to create the sturdy, streamlined furniture for which he has become famous. By adding romantic western and wildlife motifs to the furniture pieces through detailed wood carvings or paintings, Molesworth promoted a high style of furnishings that captured the spirit of the West.
In readable commentary, Elizabeth Flood captures the entrepreneurial and artistic spirit of Thomas Molesworth and introduces the contemporary furniture and accessory makers who are pushing the western style ahead in both craftsmanship and design.