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Stars and Stripes: Patriotic Motifs in American Folk Art

Harding, Deborah

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ISBN 10: 0847824853 / ISBN 13: 9780847824854
Published by Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 2002
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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256 pages, color illustrations throughout. Minor dust jacket edge wear, otherwise, very clean and tight copy. Record # 456511. Bookseller Inventory # 456511

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Title: Stars and Stripes: Patriotic Motifs in ...

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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As a burgeoning nation that had fought hard for its indepedence, late eighteenth-century America was quick to develop visual symbols to represent the newfound freedom and unity of its citizens--the flag representing the thirteen colonies, the American eagle, Lady Liberty. In Stars and Stripes: Patriotic Motifs in American Folk Art, author Deborah Harding finds these and other patriotic images decorating quilts and coverlets, whirligigs and weather vanes, game boards and fire buckets--almost no object that could be painted, stitched, or carved was spared embellishment with our country's colors or symbols. Harding examines these objects, from the minute to the monumental, the whimsical to the more sober, with an eye to both the artistic and historical significance of each piece. Among the items that her extensive research and archival work have unearthed include the flag, hand painted with the figure of Liberty, which was in Lincoln's booth the night he was assassinated and the coverlet crocheted by Grace Coolidge who wished to begin a tradition of First Ladies leaving a memento in the White House. This groundbreaking volume, the first to examine such a wide range of these early patriotic images, makes visual to the twenty-first-century reader our nation's earliest displays of pride and patriotism.

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Deborah Harding is an established authority in the decorative arts, crafts, and vintage textiles. She is the author of many books, including Red & White: American Redwork Quilts and Patterns (Rizzoli, 2000) and Home Sweet Home (Rizzoli, 2001). She is also coeditor and author of the bestselling volume America's Glorioius Quilts. A familiar name to magazine readers, she has held editorial posts at Family Circle, Briday Guide, Country Accents, and Collectibles: Flea Market Finds. Deborah lives in New York City.

Paul S. D'Ambrosio is chief curator of New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, New York. Dr. D'Ambrosio holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University. An expert in the field of American folk art, he has curated numerous exhibitions, delivered lectures, and published articles on the subject. He has just finished a major exhibition and book on the life and work of Italian-American artist Ralph Fasanella, which was the subject of his dissertation.

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