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Books and materials relating to the applied arts prior to 1918; their use in architecture & interior design; the design of handworked and manufactured objects including: ceramics, metalwork, wood, jewelry, textiles, glass, furniture, graphics, clocks & watches, toys, leather, etc.

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Karp, Ben, Wood Motifs in American Domestic Architecture: "Phantasy in Wood", South Brunswick, NJ, A.S. Barnes & Co., Inc., 1966, first edition, oblong 4to (9" x 11"), HB in dj, white cloth bds w/ titles in white dj w/ black titles & b&w photo, VG / VG. Prev owner's bookplate removed from ffep, shelfwear. DJ price clipped, edges worn, spine extremities chipping.

256 pp., almost 200 illustrations, most in b&w. Romantically dilapidated trims and structures showing intricate craftsmanship from "the Era of Jackson."

From the flap copy: "In the nineteenth century, the humble woodsaw in the hands of a skilled carpenter became the tool of an artist, the instrument by which sawn ornamentation came into its own in the domestic architecture of America. So many newly prospering citizens wanted homes built that it was impossible for carpenters to indulge in the luxury of hand-chiseled ornaments, and, furthermore, the house carpenter was a man of the hammer and saw, not of the chisel. If the exterior of a house was to be graced with ornament, it would have to be something the carpenter could make wth his saw and could hammer into place with a few good nails. But if the American people has not liked this carpenter-sculpture, this song of the saw never would have been sung. But the people did like it, and liked it well enough to keep it alive as a form of folk art right into the twentieth century. ...[R]epresenting various parts of the United States and dealing exclusively with the sawn wood ornamentation found on the exteriors of houses built from the 1820's to 1910. The endlessly varied play of light and dark that sawn ornament lends to the nineteenth-century American house is captured perfectly by the camera, and the photographs found here tell the history of this unique art from vivdly and eloquently."


Contents:
Holes, Slits and Slots
Stick Dance
Scales and Feathers
Applique
Brackets
Symbolism
Finial to Porch Apron
List of Illustrations
    [Book ID # 1991]


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