Classical Savannah: Fine & Decorative Arts, 1800-1840
University of Georgia Press, 1995 - Design - 196 pages
By the end of the eighteenth century, classicism, which arose out of Europe's fascination with ancient Greece and Rome, had also left its mark on America. This study of the classical style in the fine and decorative arts shows the extent to which it influenced the material culture of Savannah, Georgia, from 1800 to 1840. More than 130 examples of objects owned in Savannah in this period are illustrated, described, and discussed. The objects include oil paintings and watercolors, clocks, musical instruments, jewelry, sculptures, engravings, bank notes, needlework, china, silver, brass, lighting fixtures, architectural elements, and furniture.
Page Talbott presents an overview of the origins of classicism in Europe and its spread to America. Emphasizing Americans' close identification of classicism with national values and ideals, Talbott also discusses the style in the context of Savannah's social life and its history as a major southern port. She covers not only the principles, methods, and materials of classical design, but also the manufacture, distribution, sale, and ownership of a wide range of functional and decorative objects.
Classical Savannah is the companion volume to the Classical Savannah exhibition, which opened in the spring of 1995 at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah. Illustrating well over half of the items in the exhibit, and including a detailed checklist of the additional seventy objects not shown in the book, Classical Savannah is a valuable source for historians, designers, decorators, collectors, and anyone interested in this period of America's history.
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FOREWORD by Olivia Evans Alison 5 The Classical Taste in the Early Nineteenth Century 6 ITS ANCIENT ORIGINS
TRANSMISSION OF STYLE
THE IMPACT OF NEOCLASSICISM ON THE UNITED STATES l8 NOTES
2O CATALOGUE ENTRIES III
Savannah Georgia 18001840
5O WILLIAM JAY S SAVANNAH
JAY S PUBLIC BUILDINGS
THE IMPACT OF THE RAILROAD ON SAVANNAH
Il6 THE WANING OF CLASSICISM
NEW PRODUCTS NEW LIFESTYLES
NOTES I2O CATALOGUE ENTRIES 5964
Classical Furniture in Savannah 126 NEW YORK FURNITURE 6589
PHILADELPHIA FURNITURE gCJIOO 153 MASSACHUSETTS FURNITURE IOIIO2
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND FURNITURE 103107
l6o LOCALLY MADE FURNITURE AND CLOCKS 108113