Early American Decorative Arts, 1620-1860: A Handbook for Interpreters

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Winterthur Museum is world renowned for its decorative arts collections and its exceptional educational programs. Adapted from the training materials developed at the museum, the revised and enhanced Early American Decorative Arts, 1620-1860: A Handbook for Interpreters is an indispensable guide for anyone involved with interpretation of decorative arts collections. Early American Decorative Arts, 1620-1860 elucidates the principles of public interpretation, explains how to analyze objects, and defines the concept of style. Eighteen chapters provide comprehensive descriptions of decorative arts including furniture, ceramics, textiles, paintings and prints, metalwork, glass, and other objects. Many museums and historic sites display such collections to thousands of visitors annually. Guides, interpreters, educators, and collection managers will find this book a helpful summary and a guide to further research. This enhanced edition includes now includes a CD featuring beautiful color images of the more than 170 black-and-white photographs in the book, bringing the Winterthur collections to life on your computer and in your classroom. Published in cooperation with Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

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This volume is useful as a guide for Winterthur interpreters or for visitors to the museum. It will also be worthwhile as a textbook for undergraduate American decorative arts survey courses. Summing Up: Recommended.
Kenneth Hafertepe
In covering every major furniture style of the colonial and early national eras and also a wide array of other domestic items, not as afterthoughts but as subjects worthy of serious study, this volume fills a unique niche. It is an indispensable text for classes on early American decorative arts and the material culture of the domestic environment. The addition of a disc with high-resolution color images of all photographs and captions enhances its value as a text for beginners and as a tool for scholars.
Mary Alexander
Rosemary Troy Krill's revision of Early American Decorative Arts, 1620–1860: A Handbook for Interpreters gracefully combines an overview of public interpretation principles with a compendium of recent American material culture scholarship. The volume's readable style, along with the extensive bibliography, make it a valuable addition to professional bookshelves for staff and volunteers in history museums, especially historic sites.
This volume is useful as a guide for Winterthur interpreters or for visitors to the museum. It will also be worthwhile as a textbook for undergraduate American decorative arts survey courses. Summing Up: Recommended.
The study of decorative arts has advanced from the mere tracing of the history of style to the study of objects in their original contexts, with thought given to who made them, who owned them, who could and couldn't afford them, how, when, and why things were used, and why things look the way they do. Trill and Evermann (curator and director, respectively, of education at the exceptional Winterthur Museum in Delaware) have written this comprehensive handbook of the collection with these contextual interests in mind. The only disappointment is that the plates of the collection are all b&w. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Rosemary Troy Krill is senior lecturer at Winterthur Museum in Delaware.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I Chapter 4 Chapter 1. Interpreting Decorative Arts Objects Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Looking at Objects Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Understanding Style Part 7 Part II Chapter 8 Chapter 4. Furniture in the Seventeenth-Century or Mannerist Style Chapter 9 Chapter 5. Furniture in the William and Mary or Early Baroque Style Chapter 10 Chapter 6. Furniture in the Queen Anne or Late Baroque Style Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Furniture in the Chippendale or Rococo Style Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Furniture in the Federal or Early Classical-Revival Style Chapter 13 Chapter 9. Furniture in the Empire or Late Classical-Revival Style Chapter 14 Chapter 10. Windsor Furniture Chapter 15 Chapter 11. Clocks Chapter 16 Chapter 12. Ceramics Chapter 17 Chapter 13. Glassware Chapter 18 Chapter 14. Silver Objects Chapter 19 Chapter 15. Pewter Objects Chapter 20 Chapter 16. Iron, Copper, and Copper Alloy Objects Chapter 21 Chapter 17. Paintings and Pictures Chapter 22 Chapter 18. Prints Chapter 23 Chapter 19. Textiles Chapter 24 Chapter 20. Needlework Chapter 25 Chapter 21. Floor Coverings Chapter 26 Index

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