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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 www.laurafisherquilts.com because of all the Google entries, but as FISHER HERITAGE we offer an expansive inventory beyond quilts. We have antique and vintage 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. Our choices are either “best of kind” or classics with a twist -- pieces that have the graphic appeal and/or historic content that makes them timeless and desirable.
CLICK ON ANY CATEGORY WITHIN THE TABLE OF CONTENTS. Use this as our catalog. Check back often as we add regularly.
A picture of the entire item appears first, followed by detail photos. Thanks for bearing with us as we fix listings that were dropped or affected by data transfer from an earlier host.
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.
The condition of most pieces is excellent. In many instances quilts have never been used. Any exceptions or restorations are noted in the descriptions.
FISHER HERITAGE ™ HOOKED RUGS, our new line of custom rugs hooked in larger sizes, is available to custom order. The mostly geometric patterns are based on beloved antique rugs.
We do not use 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 917/797-1260.
ABOUT THE NEW LOCATION
FISHER HERITAGE has just moved to a warehouse in the terrific Chelsea art district in the lower west side of Manhattan one block from the High Line and from the Hudson River. An appointment is necessary; best to make arrangements a day or two in advance so we can plan to meet you down there.
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 opportunities that have developed 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, such as my address to the National Appraisal Symposium at Colonial Willamsburg in Virginia in July 2014.