The Shakers: History, Culture and Craft (Shire Library USA)

The Shakers: History, Culture and Craft (Shire Library USA)

Lesley Herzberg

Leaving Manchester, England, in 1774 to prevent non secular persecution, the Shakers crossed the Atlantic and through the subsequent 50 years tested 19 villages within the usa from Maine to Kentucky.

Guided by means of the rules of software, honesty, and order, the final word objective of the Shakers was once to create a heaven in the world in either their worship and their paintings. accordingly, cautious craftsmanship, signature info, an dthe dedication to excellence are noticeable in each item they produced, starting from free-standing tables, chairs, desks, containers, and case clocks to integrated cabinets and circumstances of drawers.

The specified constructions, items, and way of life of the Shakers has set them aside in American artwork and tradition as a question in fact, yet ever on account that "Shaker Handicraft" - the 1st significant Shaker exhibition on the Whitney Museum of yankee paintings in 1935 -the appreciation for Americana and folks artwork has persevered to develop. this day the spirit of Shaker craft, mixed with its fresh strains, sturdy building, and sincere performance, make it essentially the most renowned and undying layout different types within the US and beyond.

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