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Antique garden ornament : two centuries of American taste
Israel, Barbara.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
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256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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SB473.5 .I76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Nothing adds drama to an outdoor space like a marble fountain or a stone statue. This history of American garden ornament presents a wealth of information on American gardens and their decoration from 1740 to 1940.

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Israel, an antiques dealer specializing in vintage garden furniture, fountains, and statuary, is well known in her field, with such clients as the Winterthur Museum, the Smithsonian, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In this book, which the publisher claims is the most complete reference of its kind, she documents the history of American garden ornament from the mid-1800s to the 1940s. Individual chapters discuss the history and the evolution of a variety of objects such as urns, statues, fountains, and sundials, while later sections of the book provide an illustrated checklist of more than 300 antique objects, a list of manufacturers, and information on the maintenance and security of ornaments. For gardeners hungry to see the actual objects in situ, there is a list of 52 notable gardens in the United States (with addresses and phone numbers only). This book should appeal to a broad audience from gardeners and landscape architects to antique collectors, dealers, and historians.--Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.