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Myer Myers. Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York

Barquist David

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ISBN 10: 0300090579 / ISBN 13: 9780300090574
Published by New Haven and London: Yale University Art Gallery in association with Yale University Press, 2001, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Yale University Press, 2001. HC, 9 3/4 x 11 3/4, DJ, red cl, gold letters to sp, xv, 304 pp, illust 143 color, 154 b/w, appendixes (marks, documents), bibliog, index. ISBN 0300090379. Magnificent catalogue of exhibitions held at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA,and Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, DE. Detailed study of the most significant silversmith of his generation in New York City and one of America's greatest craftsmen. F/F. Bookseller Inventory # 475

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Title: Myer Myers. Jewish Silversmith in Colonial ...

Publisher: New Haven and London: Yale University Art Gallery in association with Yale University Press, 2001

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Myer Myers, a Jewish silversmith in colonial America, created outstanding works for leading members of the New York elite, and the objects made in his workshop have long been regarded as among the most important American statements of the Rococo style. These works are also valuable for the information they provide about craftsmanship, patronage, colonial Judaism, and changing cultural values in pre- and post-Revolutionary America.

This stunning catalogue presents works from Myers’s workshop in conjunction with essays by eminent authorities on his life and times, all of which shed light on significant themes and events in American culture and history. Myers’s lifelong membership in the New York Jewish community, for example, reveals much about the role of religious minorities and social toleration in eighteenth-century America, and the artifacts he created for his family and religious community provide a vivid picture of colonial Jewish life. At the same time, Myers’s career as a silversmith offers insights into the complexities of preindustrial craftsmanship in America, showing that silversmiths were less autonomous than has previously been assumed. Catalogue entries provide a chronological survey of Myers’s career, highlighting his finest work, situating it within his routine shop production, and focusing on key objects to evoke the interplay of influences that shaped individual works of American art.

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This catalogue accompanies an exhibition that will be on view at the Yale University Art Gallery from September 14, 2001, to December 30, 2001. It then travels to the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum in Los Angeles from February 19 to May 26, 2002, and to the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum in Delaware from June 20 to September 13, 2002. Published in association with the Yale University Art Gallery

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