Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence: v. 1: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana

Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence: v. 1: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana


Edited by Jane Katcher, Edited by David A. Schorsch, Edited by Ruth Wolfe, Contributions by Jean M. Burks, Contributions by Paul S. D'Ambrosio, Contributions by Erin Eisenbarth, Contributions by Robin Frank, Contributions by Robert Hunter, Contributions by Patricia E. Kane, Contributions by Richard Miller

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 279mm x 287mm x 51mm | 2,835g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300119658
  • ISBN 13: 9780300119657
  • Illustrations note: 536 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,339,528

Product description

American handicrafts from the early years of the Republic are telling indicators of family traditions, aesthetic values, and household customs of the young nation. Showing us how creative and consumer cultures from the old world were transformed in the new, "Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence" presents more than two hundred examples of American folk art and decorative arts created in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Drawn from the extraordinary "Jane Katcher Collection", the book features familiar expressions of American folk art - portraits and carvings, quilts and needlework, weathervanes and whirligigs, family records and calligraphy, ceramics, furniture, baskets, and toys, as well as such unexpected items as valentines, friendship albums, and keepsakes woven from the hair of loved ones. A distinguished group of scholars discuss these objects within the context of historical, economic, and social issues as well as aesthetics. There are also explorations of craft methods and artistic strategies practiced by the artists and artisans represented in the collection. Separate essays on the Shaker and the Pennsylvania-German communities concentrate on the unique features of their material cultures and their religious and social orientations. With more than 100 previously unreproduced works, this generously illustrated book is essential for anyone interested in American folk art or decorative arts.

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Author information

Jane Katcher is a retired paediatric radioligist and distinguished arts patron. David A. Schorsch is a specialist in fine American antiques and folk art. Ruth Wolfe is an editor and writer in the field of American folk art. Jean M. Burks is Curator of Decorative Arts at the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont. Paul S. D'Ambrosio is Vice President and Chief Curator of the New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown. Erin Eisenbarth is Acting Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts, Robin Jaffe Frank is Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Patricia E. Kane, is Curator of American Decorative Arts, all at the Yale University Art Gallery. Robert Hunter is a historical archaeologist and editor of Ceramics in America. Richard Miller is former curator of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia. Charles Santore is author of The Windsor Style in America. Robert Shaw is former curator of the Shelburne Museum. Scott T. Swank is Executive Director of Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich, Massachusetts. Philip Zea is President of Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts. Eileen M. Smiles is a folk and decorative arts specialist.