Shaker: Life, Work, and Art

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Today, few Shakers are left, but their legacy--the beautifully proportioned buildings, the exquisite baskets and the classically crafted chairs--lives on in their creations--and in Shaker, the first comprehensive book on this remarkable society.

"Lavishly illustrated, lucidly written, and cogently argued...The best book yet to appear on the Shakers. "--Antiques

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Overview

Today, few Shakers are left, but their legacy--the beautifully proportioned buildings, the exquisite baskets and the classically crafted chairs--lives on in their creations--and in Shaker, the first comprehensive book on this remarkable society.

"Lavishly illustrated, lucidly written, and cogently argued...The best book yet to appear on the Shakers. "--Antiques

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Shakers or Believers, a celibate 19th century utopian community, have deeded their tradition of simplicity to American culture, most notably in the functional design of their daily routine. Today, Shaker boxes and furnishings are prized collectibles. In this handsomely designed and lavishly illustrated (200 color photographs) survey of Shaker communities, the full flowering of founder Ann Lee's dissidence from the Anglican Church may be viewed. Once numbering nearly 6,000 members, today fewer than a dozen brethren and sisters remain in two of the original 19 communities; Canterbury, N.H., and Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The even tenor of willingly regulated lives is evoked in the hour-by-hour inventory of a Shaker's day that opens the book. Then follows a simply written history of communal life centered on excellent, simple work and dance worship. Photographs of Shaker handiworkoval boxes, chairs, angel foodcapture this essence. BOMC featured bonus; Better Homes & Gardens Crafts Club selection; Interior Design Book Club bonus selection. (September 28)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395599273
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/9/1991
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.05 (w) x 11.03 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Larkin is the editor-designer of the best-selling Barn and Shaker and the author of Farm, among many other books published here and abroad. He currently lives in Cherry Plain, New York.
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Table of Contents

A Day in the Life 6
A Brief History 19
Communal Life 37
The Shakers at Work 109
Spiritual Life and Worship 244
Selected Bibliography 270
Acknowledgments 271
Index to Photographs 272
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