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An American Sampler: Folk Art from the Shelburne Museum

David Park Curry, Benjamin L. Mason, Jane C. Nylander with Richard L. Kerschner and Valerie Reich
Published 1987
212 pages

Electra Havemeyer Webb—the youngest daughter of the collector Henry O. Havemeyer—pursued a parallel vision to that of her father by collecting of all manner of American folk art. Her interests led to a lifelong gathering of native handmade objects, which culminated in 1947 with her founding of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. The exhibition of key selections from the museum, celebrated in this publication, marked the 40th anniversary of the Shelburne Museum. Of focus for this book are two broad groups of objects, recognized as among Shelburne’s greatest strengths: textiles, including hooked rugs, coverlets, and especially quilts, and sculpture, notably weather vanes, decoys, carousel animals, and shop signs, among others.

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