American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds

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This American art form has long been an enduring  part of the country’s skylines. Early church steeples were graced with weathercocks, following a European tradition that dates to the MiddleAges. America’s first documented vane maker, metalsmith Shem  Drowne of Boston, crafted a number of surviving vanes, including the iconic golden grasshopper that has topped the city’s Faneuil Hall since 1742. Farmers, blacksmiths, and other craftsmen proudly fashioned roosters, cows, horses, and other forms for country barns, and as the tradition and public demand expanded over the course of the nineteenth century, so did the diversity of forms, which grew to fill the mail order catalogs of commercial manufacturers in Boston, New York, and other cities.

Today, weathervanes hold a well-established place in the canon of American folk art and American Weathervanes  celebrates this artistry in the most up-to-date and authoritative work on the subject. Lavishly illustrated with masterworks from prominent private and public collections, this is a book to be treasured by anyone who collects or simply admires American vernacular art and sculpture.

  • Author: Robert Shaw 
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Rizzoli, 2021
  • 256 pages, 11.2" x 11.3"
  • 200 color photographs
  • ISBN: 9780847863907
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