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  • Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection At a Glance

    Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection At a Glance

    Linda Baumgarten and Kimberly Smith Ivey

    Quilts are among the most utilitarian of art objects, yet the best among them possess a formal beauty that rivals anything made on canvas. This landmark book, drawn from the world-renowned collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, highlights the splendor and craft of quilts with more than 300 superb color images and details. Fascinating essays by two noted scholars trace the evolution of quilting styles and trends as they relate to the social, political, and economic issues of their time. The collection includes quilts made by diverse religious and cultural groups over 400 years and across continents, from the Mediterranean, England, France, America, and Polynesia. The earliest quilts were made in India and the Mediterranean for export to the west and date to the late 16th century. Examples from 18th- to 20th-century America, many made by Amish and African-American quilters, reflect the multicultural nature of American society and include boldly colored and patterned worsteds and brilliant pieced and appliquéd works of art.

    368 pages
    320 color illustrations,
    54 black and white illustrations
    Size 9.25" X 10.25",
    Hardcover,
    $75.00

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  • Painters and Paintings in the Early American South

    Painters and Paintings in the Early American South

    This book gathers into one volume a large body of materials related to the paintings and the artists of the American South between 1564 and 1790.

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    Carolyn J. Weekley

    This book by the Juli Grainger Curator at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation gathers into one volume a large body of materials related to the paintings and the artists of the American South between 1564 and 1790. It includes not only portraits -- the predominant genre during much of the period -- but also seascapes, landscapes and pictures made by explorers and naturalists who came to the region. Although some of the material has appeared in older monographic studies of artists, new research has turned up important material in diaries, client letters, newspapers and other sources. The integration of new with older material provides the first comprehensive and cohesive view of the subject.

    Hardcover
    9-3/4" x 11-1/4" ,
    448 pages,
    339 color illustrations, 22 black and white illustrations,
    978-0-300-19076-2,
    $75.00


  • Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America

    Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America

    The transition from harpsichord to piano and the accompanying shift in taste between 1700 and 1830 was a musical revolution in revolutionary times.

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    John Watson

    The transition from harpsichord to piano and the accompanying shift in taste between 1700 and 1830 was a musical revolution in revolutionary times. So, also, was the transition from London's monopoly on the manufacture of instruments to a burgeoning American industry.Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America 1700-1830 explores furniture design, regional and political influences, market and demographic shifts, manufacturing technologies, and the competition among makers and merchants during the colonial and federal eras.

    Hardcover
    8"x10-1/2" ,
    144 pages,
    ISBN:978-0-8108-8485-4,
    $30.00


  • The Coins of Colonial America:  World Trade Coins of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

    The Coins of Colonial America: World Trade Coins of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

    A look at an impressive collection of antique coins donated to the Foundation.

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    By Joseph R. Lasser, Gail G. Greve, William E. Pittman, and John A. Caramia, Jr.

    An impressive collection of antique coins donated to the Foundation is the focus of this book. Joseph Lasser contributed an overview about currency in colonial North America and sections on "Latin American Origins," "Coins Powered World Trade," "Coins in Colonial America," and "A Williamsburg Merchant Counts His Money." 47 pp., 4 color photographs, 30 black-and-white photographs, 6 drawings, 6 x 9 1997; 2nd printing, 2000 CW No. 566364 Softbound ISBN 0-87935-181-0 $9.95


  • Tools: Working Wood in Eighteenth-Century America

    Tools: Working Wood in Eighteenth-Century America

    Early tools provide clues to life in colonial America and an understanding of the handmade products we admire today.

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    By James M. Gaynor and Nancy L. Hagedorn

    Often very sophisticated, eighteenth-century tools performed the tasks at hand with amazing effectiveness and efficiency. This case study used early tools to investigate life in colonial America and understand the handmade products so admired today. 136 pp., 24 color illustrations, 136 black-and-white illustrations, 8 1/2 x 11 1994; 6th printing 2002 CW No. 334359 Softbound ISBN 0-87935-098-9 $19.95


  • Southern Furniture, 1680-1830:  The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

    Southern Furniture, 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

    The most up-to-date, comprehensive study of furniture made and used in the early South.

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    By Ronald L. Hurst and Jonathan Prown
    Winner, Charles F. Montgomery Award

    Southern Furniture is the first modern, broad-ranging study of furniture made and used in the early South. Going beyond earlier aesthetic and stylistic analyses, the authors provide the most recent information about the region's cabinetmaking traditions and ethnic and cultural diversity. One hundred eighty-three catalog entries discuss the utilitarian, aesthetic, and symbolic functions of each object. Published in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers Colonial Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series 640 pp., 220 color photographs, 565 black-and-white illustrations, 3 maps, 26 line drawings, 9 3/4 x 11 1/4 1997; 2nd printing 1998 CW No. 521930 Hardbound ISBN 0-87935-200-0 $75.00


  • What Clothes Reveal The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America:  The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

    What Clothes Reveal The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

    An examination of how Americans of all classes dressed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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    By Linda Baumgarten

    Drawing on the costumes and accessories in the Colonial Williamsburg collection, Linda Baumgarten examines how Americans of all classes dressed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Topics range from the work clothes of slaves to the elegant, high-style attire of the gentry. What people wore during significant life passages and the social contexts of such apparel are fully and engagingly discussed. The time line illustrates trends in fashion over three centuries. Published in association with Yale University Press Colonial Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series 278 pp., 355 color photographs, 36 black-and-white illustrations, 9 1/2 x 12 2002 CW No. 970202 Hardbound ISBN 0-87935-216-7 $65.00





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