The symmetry, simplicity and elegance of Shaker design is as practical and beautiful now as it was a century ago and serves as a source of inspiration for many of today's styles. With over 230 full-colour photographs this authoritative volume is a beautifully illustrated exploration not only of the works of the American Shaker communities but also of the unique lifestyle and creed that produced them.
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June Spriggs has lived and worked with the Shakers since 1972 and is currently curator of collections at Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts. She is the author of many articles and books on the Shakers.From Publishers Weekly:
The Shakers or Believers, a celibate 19th century utopian community, have deeded their tradition of simplicity to American culture, most notably in the functional design of their daily routine. Today, Shaker boxes and furnishings are prized collectibles. In this handsomely designed and lavishly illustrated (200 color photographs) survey of Shaker communities, the full flowering of founder Ann Lee's dissidence from the Anglican Church may be viewed. Once numbering nearly 6,000 members, today fewer than a dozen brethren and sisters remain in two of the original 19 communities; Canterbury, N.H., and Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The even tenor of willingly regulated lives is evoked in the hour-by-hour inventory of a Shaker's day that opens the book. Then follows a simply written history of communal life centered on excellent, simple work and dance worship. Photographs of Shaker handiworkoval boxes, chairs, angel foodcapture this essence. BOMC featured bonus; Better Homes & Gardens Crafts Club selection; Interior Design Book Club bonus selection.
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Book Description Cassell Illustrated, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111841880442