American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840
by Sumpter Priddy
Two hundred years ago, the word "fancy" was used to describe "furnishings and decorative arts with exciting patterns and bright colors." This glorious exhibition catalogue accompanied a show organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and guest curated by Sumpter T. Priddy III. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the exhibit traveled to the Peabody Essex Museum and the Maryland Historical Society. "Rich, fully illustrated, wondrously researched, and bound in a cover that imitates a typical Fancy pattern, American Fancy does its marvelous subject true." For additional information, click here and here.
Milwaukee: Chipstone Foundation, 2004
267 pp., 326 color & 51 b/w illus.
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