New information is presented by one of the world's foremost authorities on weathervanes in this fascinating study. Classic and never-before-seen pieces illustrate the distinctive vitality of this folk art form. Weathervanes from the mid to late 19th century have come to be considered three-dimensional sculpture, suitable for decorating modern corporate offices and homes. Dynamic wooden and metal weathervanes are organized into groups by the assorted forms they depict. Manufacturers are identified, and their back-grounds are explored. The weathervanes in this superb book are guaranteed to inspire an active interest in weathervane collecting.
This useful book contains detailed patterns of 68 beautiful weather vanes, each modelled on an original American folk art masterpiece. The complete instructions -- for enlarging and reducing the patterns, making the weather vane, and putting together the standard that supports the weather vane -- make it easy to know which way the wind blows. But that's not all: you can use these charming patterns for dozens of other folk art projects, including Christmas ornaments, cribbage boards, bookends, chopping boards and children's toys.
The carved and painted figures collected in this exceptional book are excellent examples of a wide-spread American folk art tradition that flourished from the middle of the 18th to the end of the 19th-century. 183 photographic illustrations, 4 reproduced in full-color on the covers. List of illustrations. Extensive bibliography.
I never imagined how many artistic forms something as simple as a weather vane could be made into . Traveling for work from gas field to gas field these caught my attention. It's become a hobby of sorts. Something to keep an eye open for as the miles go by.As I began to see the diversity in the subjects folks made into weather vanes I even looked for them when I was traveling out of country. From Nova Scotia in Canada to McMurdo Station in the Antartic and across the west. Folks never seem to run out of ideas. I've seen weather vanes portray sports,animals,from the ocean to the mountains,hobbies,the old west,rodeo,birds of all kinds.These can be bought in a number of designs. They come in three dimensional,flat steel,painted,powder coated. The technology for cutting steel presents the possibility that if you can imagine it,you can have it made.These are small works of art and a statement that folks like to add to their roof tops. A simple thing to express what they enjoy. I hope you enjoy the diversity of the works I've seen in my travels.
This sampler was designed for art specialists and art museum educators with a basic understanding of teaching discipline-based art education content. The introduction offers a brief history of the Sampler and explains its intended purpose and use. Then 8 unit models with differing methodologies for relating art objectives to the four disciplines: aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and art production, are presented. The sampler consists of two elementary units, two units for middle school, two units intended for required high school art, one high school studio ceramic unit, and a brief unit for art teachers and art museum educators that focuses on visits to art museums. Learning activities, resource material, and learning strategies are given for the units along with a sequence of lessons organized on a theme.
First used as a real tool to gauge New England's ever-changing weather, and now viewed as a classic part of American Folk Art, weathervanes historic and unusual have been a part of the region's skyline for over 300 years. In the most comprehensive work to come out on the subject in the last forty years, this book tells of the evolution of the weathervane both in form and function from colonial times down to the present. Highlights include the many photographs of historic and unusual vanes from all states in New England and the stories that stand behind their symbolism and choice of subject matter. Equally important are the weathervane makers throughout the region whose careers are here documented, including well-known companies, individual tradesmen, and even some women, and whose works are still flying today above countless buildings. While many notable museum weathervanes are discussed, the main focus is on those weathervanes that can still be seen today on New England public buildings such as churches, historic meetinghouses, and town halls, making this book an invaluable guide to both the armchair tourist and those who want to visit these unique pieces of folk art in person.
"Miller's Antiques Price Guide has long been the market leader, offering not just prices but informed tips... Miller's is arguably the only price guide you will ever need." Antiques Magazine Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide remains the essential and trusted guide to the antiques market. It has earned the reputation of being the book no dealer, collector or auctioneer should be without. It is compiled by Judith Miller, world-renowned antiques expert and co-founder of the book, who selects the guide's 8000-plus featured antiques. Comprehensive sections cover ceramics, furniture, glass, silver and metalwares, jewellery and objets de vertu, clocks and watches, books, Oriental antiques, textiles, toys, decorative arts and Modern Classics. Special features explain why one piece is worth more than another, show how to value an item and teach you to be your own valuer. Biographies of designers and factories give the background information you need to help date and value objects, while special 'Judith Picks' sections give fascinating background and valuation details for particularly interesting or unusual objects.
"Combining new research, never-before-published color photographs, and detailed entries on each artwork, American Radiance is indispensable for students and collectors, yet broadly appealing to the folk art market. The book celebrates the opening of the Museum's new building, where the Esmerian Collection is the widely publicized inaugural exhibition."--BOOK JACKET.
Deanna Fernie analyzes the significance of sculpture in Hawthorne's fiction through the recurring motif of the fragment in its double guise as ruin and project. Her book casts new light on Hawthorne's memorable ruined and unfinished images, from the rough-hewn figurehead of 'Drowne's Wooden Image' (1844) to the tattered letter 'A' in the unfinished loft of the Custom House in The Scarlet Letter (1850) and the unfinished bust of Donatello in The Marble Faun (1860). Fernie shows how the tension between the formed and unformed enabled Hawthorne to interrogate the origins and the distinctive possibilities of art in America in relation to established European models. At the same time, she suggests that sculpture challenged and provoked Hawthorne's shaping of his own specifically literary art, stimulating him to develop its capacities for expressing irresolution and change. Fernie establishes the intellectual contexts for her study through a discussion of sculpture and fragmentary form as revealed in American, British, and Continental thought. Her book will be an important text not only for American literature scholars but also for anyone interested in British and Continental Romanticism and the intersections of art and literature.
For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art web site. This is the first comprehensive, scholarly study of a most fascinating aspect of American history and culture. Generously illustrated with both black and white and full-color photos, this A-Z encyclopedia covers every aspect of American folk art, encompassing not only painting, but also sculpture, basketry, ceramics, quilts, furniture, toys, beadwork, and more, including both famous and lesser-known genres. Containing more than 600 articles, this unique reference considers individual artists, schools, artistic, ethnic, and religious traditions, and heroes who have inspired folk art. An incomparable resource for general readers, students, and specialists, it will become essential for anyone researching American art, culture, and social history.