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The Resource Utility and beauty : Robert Wellford and composition ornament in America, Mark Reinberger

Utility and beauty : Robert Wellford and composition ornament in America, Mark Reinberger

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Utility and beauty : Robert Wellford and composition ornament in America
Title
Utility and beauty
Title remainder
Robert Wellford and composition ornament in America
Statement of responsibility
Mark Reinberger
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Utility and Beauty: Robert Wellford and Composition Ornament in America is the first book-length treatment of this important decorative art in Federal-period America. Composition (or compo) was a plaster-like material which was pressed into finely carved molds, a process that produced exquisitely detailed ornaments that could be attached to architectural woodwork, especially mantelpieces. First popularized in England by architect Robert Adam in the late eighteenth century, composition ornament soon reached America where it became a significant part of interior decoration in the early republic
  • Utility and Beauty examines the art and craft of composition ornament through the life and work of Robert Wellford (1775-1844) of Philadelphia, the foremost maker of compo in America."
  • "Composition ornament brought into American homes an abundance of neoclassical decoration, both architectural enrichments and figural imagery. Compo made available scenes and motifs from classical mythology and allegory, as well as nationalistic themes that proclaimed America's independence and rise among nations. Such themes made compo useful as well as beautiful, because the ornaments edified the viewer and conveyed patriotic and moral lessons. The book examines the iconography of Wellford's artistic work, which encompasses almost one hundred scenes or motifs. Copious illustrations depict the wide range of Wellford's work. Utility and Beauty also includes a catalog of 132 mantelpieces and other woodwork thought to have ornament by Wellford."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Reinberger, Mark
Dewey number
729/.092
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NA3512.W45
LC item number
A4 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
University of Delaware Press studies in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Interior architecture
  • Decoration and ornament, Architectural
  • Composition ornament
  • Wellford, Robert
  • Robert Wellford's Original American Manufactory of Composition Ornaments
Label
Utility and beauty : Robert Wellford and composition ornament in America, Mark Reinberger
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Wellford's life and business -- Wellford's craft -- Wellford's ornament: motifs and sources -- Wellford's competitors -- Application--the architectural context of Wellford's composition ornament -- Architectural change and the end of composition ornament
Control code
51848507
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
190 pages
Isbn
9780874137606
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003005069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Utility and beauty : Robert Wellford and composition ornament in America, Mark Reinberger
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Wellford's life and business -- Wellford's craft -- Wellford's ornament: motifs and sources -- Wellford's competitors -- Application--the architectural context of Wellford's composition ornament -- Architectural change and the end of composition ornament
Control code
51848507
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
190 pages
Isbn
9780874137606
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003005069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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