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ABOUT THIS WEBSITE
Welcome to our website showing selections from our large, diverse, well-edited inventory which contains much more than antique quilts. We kept our start up name laurafisherquilts.com because of all the google entries, but now as FISHER HERITAGE feature an expansive inventory that incorporates our antique and vintage specialties - quilts, hooked rugs, woven coverlets, rag woven carpet, braided rugs, Beacon/Pendleton blankets, paisley shawls, Marseilles bedspreads, ticking, home furnishings textiles, and American folk art including samplers and needlework, game boards, tramp art frames, lamps, mirrors, paintings. We seek antiques that are either “best of kind” or classics with a twist -- pieces that have the graphic appeal or historic content that makes them timeless and desirable.
CLICK ON ANY CATEGORY WITHIN THE TABLE OF CONTENTS TO SEE CHOICES. Use this tool as our catalog. Check back often, we try to add things weekly. The condition of most pieces is excellent. In many instances quilts have never been used. Any exceptions or restorations are noted in the descriptions.
A picture of the entire item appears first, followed by detail photos. We are continuing to make corrections to the 'broken' data transfer to our new host that unfortunately dropped some full images or closeups. Thanks for bearing with us as we fix listings.
Also, each piece is one of a kind, so do not be confused by the word 'each' after the price. This will be removed; it is on the data entry form the host established for its commercial clients, we are its first antiques client!
Everything is measured in inches and feet. Unlike paintings, size here is listed width first to help you determine whether a quilt or rug will fit your space. Many of our textiles are non-directional in motif so they can be used horizontally or vertically. Rugs with repeat motifs can be modified to accommodate your size needs, so please ask.
FISHER HERITAGE ™ HOOKED RUGS, our new line of custom rugs hooked in larger sizes, is now available to custom order. The mostly geometric patterns are based on beloved antique rugs.
We do not offer a shopping cart or a site checkout because we like to interact with clients personally. So,
to make a purchase or to discuss your needs further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 212.838-2596.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
FISHER HERITAGE is our warehouse gallery at 305 East 61st Street, in the Hayes Fine Arts Storage Building on the north side of the street. No appointment is necessary but it is always best to let us know you are on your way or if we can pre-select materials for your visit.
Editorial support and pieces from the gallery appear regularly in leading design and cultural magazines including Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, This Old House Journal, New York Magazine, Where Magazine, In-New York Magazine, Country Home, House & Garden, and now in online art and design sites. Editorials have highlighted our fabulous eye, well-edited selection, affordable prices, and helpful service. Thrilling profiles of the gallery appeared in the June 2006 Architectural Digest and in the March 2009 Maine Antique Digest.
Our clients include leading designers and architects, antiques dealers, museums and corporate collections, as well as individuals who appreciate and collect Americana or who may want American folk art to include in an eclectic contemporary interior.
ABOUT LAURA FISHER
Author, editor, and lecturer are some the activities that arise from Fisher’s expertise in antique Americana and textiles. Publications include: DIAMONDS AND BARS: The Art of the Amish People, Florian Hufnagl, Ed., Arnoldsche, Munich, Germany, 2009, presenting in English the Schlumberger Amish Quilt Collection exhibition; HOME SWEET HOME: The House in American Folk Art (Rizzoli, 2001) examining architectural images in antique quilts, hooked rugs, needlework, paintings, furniture and folk art. QUILTS OF ILLUSION (Hearst/Sterling Publishing, formerly Main Street Press 1988) examining the optical illusion design serendipity of antique quilt patterns; AMERICA’S GLORIOUS QUILTS (Harding and Duke, Hugh Lauter Levin, 1989) surveying quilt history. Picture calendars are QUILTS 2004 (Barnes & Noble) and QUILTS 1989, (Main Street Press) a poster book.
“FOR ALL IT’S WORTH’ is Fisher’s appraisal column in the new American Quilters Society magazine The Quilt Life. She is also a regular contributor to the English language version of the French magazine QUILTMANIA (February 2011 MALE ENHANCEMENTS: Suit-Able Quilts).
In addition to design periodicals featuring her commentary and antiques, Fisher has been a frequent guest on Martha Stewart Living TV and other programs such as Collective Intelligence (Dish Network), Special FX (Fox Network), Treasures In Your Attic (House and Garden TV).
PROVOCATIVE PARALLELS: The Modern Art of Antique Quilts, was the subject of her spring 2011 lecture at the Herbert Johnson Art Museum of Cornell University, her alma mater. At the April 2007 Winterthur Museum (Delaware) Forum “Quilts in a Material World” Fisher lectured about QUILTY CONSCIENCE: The Influence of Quilts in Popular Culture Worldwide. Other lecture sites include the American Folk Art Museum (NYC), Newark (NJ) Museum, Cooper Hewitt Museum (NYC), New England Quilt Museum (MA), Nippon Society (NYC) the Appraisers Association of America (NYC) and elsewhere, sharing her inventory and knowledge on a variety of collecting themes.
Keep checking the news section for announcement of future activities.