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American Painted Floors Before 1840

American Painted Floors Before 1840


Sandra Cohen, past president of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration says: Brown "examines and celebrates painted interiors. The anecdotal accounts of these building and their inhabitants are a part of American's story. She carefully selected these homes, probed into their backgrounds and then photographed their original floor designs, defining and exhibiting them handsomely in one publication." —All the details surrounding early painted floor décor before 1840 are rich and fascinating!"

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    Ann Eckert Brown has been researching, executing, and teaching 18th and 19th century decorative painting techniques since the 1960s. Included in her restoration commissions is the painted interior of a Gothic Revival chapel in Newport, Rhode Island. Her ornamented furnishings have been widely exhibited, including two solo exhibitions in the 1990s. Her work has appeared in Yankee and Early American Life, which named her a craftsman of the year in 1993. She has presented numerous programs on American wall stenciling, including those at Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts and the The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

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