Monthly Archives: February 2011

American Colonial: Germany and Holland Decorative Arts

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American Colonial: Germany and Holland Symbols/Motifs

Motifs: includes figures, birds, unicorns, lions, hearts, tulips, rinceaus, floral and scroll patterns, stars, and geometric pattern. Designs come from many sources, reflecting the varied influences in Germany and the assimilation of English features. Motifs often have religious or symbolic … Continue reading

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American Colonial: Germany and Holland Furniture

“Dutch interiors with tiles, ceramics, textiles, and paintings are more colorful than English ones. As many settlers are merchants, interiors often exhibit objects from around the world. Furniture in the New Netherlands reproduces Dutch prototypes. As in other colonies, furniture … Continue reading

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American Colonial: Germany and Holland Architecture

So here come the German and the Dutch! Like the English, they bring native medieval building and furnishings to America. Rural buildings are mainly medievel and defined by verticality, honesty in structure and functional designs. Types: houses are the most … Continue reading

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American Colonial: France Decorative Arts

Yet again, decorative art seems to now take on the role of most furniture pieces inside a home. Paintings are still a popular decoration to any room and ornamenting the furniture helped to express their artistry. Windows are made with … Continue reading

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American Colonial: France Symbols/Motifs

French Motifs that were commonly found on furniture were diamonds or diamond points, Lozenges, shells, fruit, flowers, vines, stars, pinwheels, sunbursts, rosettes, crosses, animals like beaver and caribou, trees, scrolls and S curves. Here are some examples!!!!!!WOOOOOHOOOO!

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American Colonial: France Furniture

Types: furniture includes side chairs and armchairs, plain and turned-leg tables, storage pieces and beds. Features of Louis XIII: spiral legs, stretchers, arm supports, backs are paneled or banisters, heavy moldings Features of Louis XIV: larger and more formal pieces, … Continue reading

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