Classical Savannah: Fine & Decorative Arts, 1800-1840

Front Cover
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.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
FOREWORD by Olivia Evans Alison
The Classical Taste in the Early Nineteenth Century
ITS ANCIENT ORIGINS
TRANSMISSION OF STYLE
CATALOGUE ENTRIES III
Savannah Georgia 18001840
ITS PEOPLE
NOTES
CATALOGUE ENTRIES 2358
THE IMPACT OF THE RAILROAD ON SAVANNAH
THE WANING OF CLASSICISM
NEW PRODUCTS NEW LIFESTYLES
I20 NOTES CATALOGUE ENTRIES 5964
Classical Furniture in Savannah
NEW YORK FURNITURE 6589

NOTES
CATALOGUE ENTRIES 1222
Savannah in 1820
WILLIAM JAY S SAVANNAH
JAY S PUBLIC BUILDINGS
OTHER SAVANNAH HOUSES
COASTWISE TRADE
PHILADELPHIA FURNITURE 90100
MASSACHUSETTS FURNITURE 101102
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND FURNITURE 103107
LOCALLY MADE FURNITURE AND CLOCKS 108113
Checklist of Other Objects in the Exhibition
Selected Bibliography 192 Index
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (1995)

Page Talbott is a decorative and fine arts consultant from Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. She has written extensively on the classical revival in America, on the history of American interiors, and on decorative arts in general. Talbott is the coauthor, with David A. Hanks, of Innovative Furniture in America, and is a contributor to Treasures of State and the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Three Centuries of American Art.

Bibliographic information