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The American Shakers and Their Furniture: with Measured Drawings of Museum Classics

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Title:The American Shakers and Their Furniture: with Measured Drawings of Museum Classics
Price:GBP£10.00 (about USD$12.60)
Book ID:B009-3197
Publisher:Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, New York, 1971
Edition:First Edition
Binding:Hardcover (Original Cloth)
Condition:Good Condition
Dust Jacket:Poor
Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, 1971, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Poor, First Edition

map endpapers (nineteenth century map of America); this is not exactly a how-to-do-it book, although it can be used as one. It is a how-they-did-it book, and it is sorely needed. Only a few years ago, most people knew the Shakers only as members of an odd communal sect that achieved some fame in the nineteenth century with its rural industries. But today, just when the Shakers themselves are disappearing, interest in them and in their handicrafts has increased enormously. A number of books on the Shakers have appeared, and it is difficult to leaf through a magazine on antiques, interior design, or home crafts without finding some reference to them. Popularity is a fine thing, but already it has had a diluting effect on our conception of Shaker design. Commonplace pieces of country furniture are loosely termed "Shaker"; hobby magazines publish. photographs of authentic Shaker pieces and alongside them "working drawings" of dubious accuracy that show how to approximate these pieces with plywood, which the Shakers never used; the simplicity of Shaker pieces is perceived, but not its significance. Shaker simplicity was an expression of Shaker philosophy: man's works should be "perfect unto their purpose," without superfluous elements. Woodworking, like all work, was to the Shakers a kind of worship, and it was profanation to approach it in anything but honesty and humility - thus their craftsmanship shows devotion, to God and to work. John Shea has approached Shaker craftsmanship from the designer's point of view. He has filled the need for a careful analysis of Shaker design - not just for furniture but for small craft and utility designs as well. He has included many photographs of classic pieces, and to expose the anatomy of these pieces there are accurately measured drawings and illustrations of original joinery methods. Moreover, there are chapters on the history of the Shakers and their woodworking industry, so that before the reader is exposed to specific examples of Shaker design, he will know enough of the Shakers' creed and customs to understand their works. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 208 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. lacking most of the back of d/j & rest of d/j. has been covered with adhesive-backed plastic & stuck to book covers so - protected but not removable!. White titles spine. Includes index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Antiques & Collectibles; Furniture; Shaker Furniture; American Antiques; United States; Antiques & Collectibles. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3197.
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