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The Furniture of John Shearer, 1790-1820: 'A True North Britain' in the Southern Backcountry (Hardback)
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The Furniture of John Shearer, 1790-1820: 'A True North Britain' in the Southern Backcountry (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 16/01/2011
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A full-color catalog and in-depth examination of the distinctive furniture made by pro-British carpenter and joiner John Shearer, one of the most accomplished furniture makers of the post-Revolutionary period. This publication is co-sponsored by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem, the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780759119543
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 1098 g
Dimensions: 290 x 229 x 19 mm


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The curious, message-laden inlays and inscriptions that are almost always found on the furniture of joiner John Shearer make him one of the early South?s most fascinating and enigmatic artisans. Scholars have sought the meaning of these words and images for more than thirty years, but with little success. Author Elizabeth Davidson has at last cracked the code on Shearer?s communiques, revealing him as a passionate and well informed follower of international events. Her book on the subject will be requiredreading for any serious student of southern furniture... -- Ronald L. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Iconography is a word that doesn't faze Elizabeth Davison. In The Furniture of John Shearer, 1790-1820, her meticulous research records not only what he made, but also unlocks the mind-set of that craftsman in his choice of ornamentation found on so much of his furniture. This is a first-rate study of an aspect of American material culture often neglected, the world of rural craftsmen. -- Charles F. Hummel, Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library
The curious, message-laden inlays and inscriptions that are almost always found on the furniture of joiner John Shearer make him one of the early South's most fascinating and enigmatic artisans. Scholars have sought the meaning of these words and images for more than thirty years, but with little success. Author Elizabeth Davison has at last cracked the code on Shearer's communiques, revealing him as a passionate and well informed follower of international events. Her book on the subject will be required reading for any serious student of southern furniture. -- Ronald L. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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