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Flights of Fancy
American Silver Bird-Decorated Spoons
Donald Fennimore

2000 • 44 pp. 33 duotones. 2 figs. 10 x 7"
Decorative Arts & Material Culture / Antiques & Collectibles

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-912724-57-7

The first in-depth study ever on silver bird-decorated spoons.

This small but lavishly illustrated catalogue is the first in-depth study ever on silver bird-decorated spoons. Author Donald L. Fennimore, Winterthur's senior curator of metals, narrates the fascinating social, technical, and artistic tale of American silver spoons whose bowls were struck with bird images: from the dove and olive branch to the bald eagle. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, these rare and highly collectible objects of true beauty proved to be a significant vehicle for expressing not only creativity but also a new national identity.

Fennimore's lucid and well-researched volume, which accompanies an exhibition of the same name at Winterthur, includes a comprehensive list of East Coast silversmiths who produced these charming objects between 1750 and 1830. Flights of Fancy surely will serve as a single point of reference for all future study of these uniquely American pieces.

DONALD L. FENNIMORE is curator emeritus of metals at Winterthur.

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 13:20:58 -0500