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Creative Hands
No.735

AMERICA DISCOVERS GERMAN ARTS AND CRAFTS

ßY ELY JACQUES KAHN, ARCHITECT

A cursory review of the decorative arts in America, speak- potrers; skilled Dutch artisans; Scotch and Irish weavers;

ing primarily of the United States, is interesting to Euro- Germans who brought to their new villages the love of

peans because of certain strong influences that even to this the Fatherland and an almost fierce respect for the tra-

day are so powerful that the normal development and ditions of their ancestors. This exaggerated devotion to

growth customary in Europe seem to be particularly slow forms that kept them in touch with their ancient homes

in being evidenced in America. made the American peoples far less Willing to experiment

The Colonial Period, extending from the foundation of the than their cousins across the water. jBeautifuI work was

Colonies until the War of the Revolution in 1776, brought accomplished, as, for example, the fine furniture of Duncan

to American shores the varied products of European Phyfe, the silver of Revere, developing a distinctive character

craftsmen. With them came also groups of workmen — of the new country, yet sufficiently near the old models

colonists in the new country — who, quite naturally, carried to maintain the continuance of an accepted faith.

on the traditions of the mother countries. There were As the colonies grew, political changes in Europe were

English carpenters, joiners, cabinet-makers, silversmiths, rapid and dynamic. The French Revolution, the era of

Napoleon, the developments of
the German states, the growth of

Phot. Reidt, München ' ' ^ ^ '

• Examples of Granulation work by J. M. Wilm, Munich modeis for reproduction. The

▼ Granulationsarbeilen. J. M. Wilm, München fContinued on page 271
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