Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste

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Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste is the most complete history of garden ornament in America from 1740 to 1940 ever published. In chapters devoted to fountains, urns, statues, sundials seating, fencing, and many other beautiful objects, Barbara Israel presents a wealth of newly discovered information on American gardens and their ornament, including the historical background for developments in landscape architecture, which influenced the design of individual pieces, houses, and ...
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Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste is the most complete history of garden ornament in America from 1740 to 1940 ever published. In chapters devoted to fountains, urns, statues, sundials seating, fencing, and many other beautiful objects, Barbara Israel presents a wealth of newly discovered information on American gardens and their ornament, including the historical background for developments in landscape architecture, which influenced the design of individual pieces, houses, and plantations. The book traces the development of American garden ornament from the austerity of the colonial period, through the complexities of the Victorian era, the grandeur of the Gilded Age, and into the refined styles of the early twentieth century.
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Israel, an antiques dealer specializing in vintage garden furniture, fountains, and statuary, is well known in her field, with such clients as the Winterthur Museum, the Smithsonian, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In this book, which the publisher claims is the most complete reference of its kind, she documents the history of American garden ornament from the mid-1800s to the 1940s. Individual chapters discuss the history and the evolution of a variety of objects such as urns, statues, fountains, and sundials, while later sections of the book provide an illustrated checklist of more than 300 antique objects, a list of manufacturers, and information on the maintenance and security of ornaments. For gardeners hungry to see the actual objects in situ, there is a list of 52 notable gardens in the United States (with addresses and phone numbers only). This book should appeal to a broad audience from gardeners and landscape architects to antique collectors, dealers, and historians.--Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810942035
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 13
Ch. 1 Fountains 17
Ch. 2 Statues 37
Ch. 3 Urns 63
Ch. 4 Furniture 77
Ch. 5 Sundials and Armillary Spheres 91
Ch. 6 Gates, Fencing, and Finials 101
Ch. 7 Other Garden Ornament: Obelisks, Plant Stands, Wellheads, and More 113
Postscript 122
Illustrated Catalogue: 300 examples of ornaments 123
App. I Manufacturers of Garden Ornament: A list of makers, incorporating foundry chronologies, name changes, dates and addresses of locations, and maker's marks 215
App. II Maintenance, Identification, and Security of Garden Ornament 229
App. III Selected Historic Gardens in America 232
Notes 234
Bibliography 238
Index 248
Acknowledgments 253
Photo Credits 256
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