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NEED A GIFT FOR HARRY AND MEGHAN? THERE'S STILL TIME TO SEND ONE FROM FISHER HERITAGE
(ArtfixDaily.com (May 7,2018)
There's still time to send something personal to the British-American couple soon to marry (in addition to a charitable contribution they suggest). How about an antique quilt, a jacquard coverlet, a textile or a hooked rug that has an English-American connection, to underscore their union?
An antique textile's visual appeal and historic back story, having originated during the 19th or 20th century, makes such a choice a meaningful gift for this or for any modern couple.
In the case of Laura Fisher's FISHER HERITAGE gallery (by appointment in New York), it would continue a tradition of providing an antique American gift for English royalty that began with Prince Charles. He chose as a wedding gift a jacquard coverlet with a political inscription block about American Independence related to the time of his favorite king, George III (and at same time chose a Princess Feather quilt for Diana, and a Whig Rose quilt for another lady (Camilla, oh my my!). Years later Wills and Kate received wedding and baby gifts from clients of Laura Fisher's shop also.
An antique 10' long shawl in a Scottish tartan or in authentic paisley, is lovely both to drape or to wear. Either type is familiar adorning royalty in myriad English period portraits.
How about choosing from mid-19th century jacquard double weave coverlets created by British weavers who emigrated to New York State, settled in New Britain, and developed their trade here? Their superb quality woven output, some 170 years later, remains in excellent condition and much admired.
Among the many geometric, floral and pictorial hooked rugs fashioned often in the Canadian east coast and maritime provinces, an apt example for the couple might be the bold crown that had been created for the first North American visit of Queen Elizabeth.
In addition to American quilts, Fisher also carries English quilts, English ‘Marseilles’ white woven bedspreads, and hand knit bedspreads beloved by Englishwomen. .
Other choices include:
* a Lady of the Lake c. 1875 pieced quilt embellished with applique hearts
* an unusual pictorial silk quilt made with English tobacco premiums of famous actresses of the era
* several choices of the Trip Around the World pattern in which small squares are orchestrated in concentric colorways
* several choices among Grandmother's Flower Garden pieced quilts, a favorite in the 1930s, including a lovely pastel Amish example, an homage to the Queen and Prince Charles
Please consult the website for myriad possibilities, then email or phone for help with your choice. International shipping will be arranged
This exhibition will present thirty paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by self-taught contemporary African American artists to celebrate the 2014 gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art of works of art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. The artists represented by this generous donation all hail from the American South.
History Refused to Die will feature the mixed-media art of Thornton Dial (1928–2016)—whose monumental assemblage from 2004 provides the exhibition's title—and a selection of the renowned quilts from Gee's Bend, Alabama, by quilters such as Annie Mae Young (1928–2012), Lucy Mingo (born 1931), Loretta Pettway (born 1942), and additional members of the extended Pettway family. Among other accomplished artists to be featured are Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–1982), Lonnie Holley (born 1950), and Ronald Lockett (1965–1988).
Remarkably diverse in media and technique, the works in this exhibition nonetheless suggest their makers' cultural and aesthetic kinship through the use of found and repurposed materials. Their subjects are likewise varied, rooted in personal history and experience, regional identity—particularly common legacies of slavery and post-Reconstruction histories of oppression under the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws—in addition to national and international events.
AUTUMNAL PALETTE CAPTURED IN ANTIQUE AMERICAN QUILTS
AT FISHER HERITAGE
The golds, reds, and burnished earth tones we exult about in the landscape appear also in graphic pieced quilts, hooked rugs, and woven coverlets of the 19th century. Laura Fisher's FISHER HERITAGE collects a bounty of them annually to enrich that season.
ANTIQUE QUILTS EXHIBITION IN CHELSEA FINE ARTS GALLERY
The selling exhibition was on view from April 25 through June 7th, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 6. Contact me at 917/797-1260. for details.
____________________________________________________________________We just moved to a warehouse in Chelsea! After being midtown East Side for years, we are now in an appointment-required location in Chelsea, the terrific art gallery district. We are on Eleventh Avenue one block from the High Line Park entrance at 26th Street, and also one block in from the Hudson River. An appointment is absolutely necessary, so please call 917/797-1260 a day or two in advance so we can plan to greet you downtown.
American Quilts from the Terasaki Collection, at the Herbert Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Quilt with Harvest Sun Pattern, American, nineteenth or early twentieth century, cotton, pieced. Collection of Etsuko Terasaki. Photo credit: David O. Brown, courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.
This exhibition features twenty-one American quilts from the private collection of Etsuko Terasaki, a former professor of Japanese literature and theatre at Cornell University, whose fascination with color and design dates back to her childhood in Japan. Nearly forty years ago, Terasaki saw her first American quilt and soon after became an avid collector. With an eye for quality in design and craftsmanship, she built a stellar collection that at one time included nearly 300 quilts. The exhibition includes highlights from that collection, featuring pieced quilts made in America in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Sophisticated in design, these quilts testify to the timeless human impulse to create order and beauty in our surroundings, with whatever resources available, for utility and for pure visual pleasure.
The exhibition was organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. The exhibition was curated by Cathy Rosa Klimaszewski, Associate Director for Programs / Harriett Ames Charitable Trust Curator of Education.
WALKING DOWN THE AISLE? DO IT ON AN ANTIQUE RUNNER!
I recommend using a runner from the 19th or early 20th century instead of a plain old white rug. Make your choice from our large well edited inventory of loom-woven rag carpet in plaids, or with vertical stripes, or with all- over striations; traditional hooked rugs in runner lengths with either geometric, floral or pictorial designs, or braided or crocheted runners.
Choose something that will delight the happy couple, and will also intrigue the wedding guests. Runners vary in width from about 1 ½’ wide up to 4' wide, and vary in length from 8' on up to some rag carpet rolls that run 45' long; later on, those can be cut into shorter strips and sewn together to make a room size carpet.
The real beauty of antique and vintage rag carpet and hooked rugs has never been accurately copied because in these originals is a color variegation over time from natural materials. Their incomparable visual effects have a liveliness and depth to cherish always.