Walking onto the grounds of the Shelburne Museum I have to choose between a large ship, a modern gallery building, or a lighthouse. So cool!
On the way to the lighthouse is a series of shiny, moving metal sculptures by George Sherwood. They all change their look with the breeze and are wonderful. My favorite is the mesmerizing Wind Orchid III. Unfortunately the video won't download.
|Imagine these in random motion - lovely.
|A sweet retirement spot
|after decades of working in harsh conditions
|The shallow stairs show the scars of many boot tips
|The original structure as art in the wall.
|The happiest statue.
The Web Gallery is a two story building built in 1879 and moved to the museum in 1951, it holds the Paint America collection.
|Magic Glasses, 1871
|Including the goblet from the painting
|Andrew Wyeth is one of my favorite painters although I've never seen Soaring, 1950. A not-so-subtle depiction of the vulnerability of American in the Cold War.
|This is exactly how I picture him when reading the story. Rip Van Winkle, 1861.
|There is a small room of portraits painted in the late 1800's. I can't imagine the parents saying "Oh, it's beautiful, it looks just like our girls!"
|Original up-and-down saw.
|The size of this 1850's transverse planer is amazing. These large tools were used to smooth boards for barns, ships and wagons, powered by large water wheels.
|The soot in front of the fireplace came along on the move.
|I love these vintage tools found in the barn.
|A small vegetable garden beside the house.
|Parallel-chord trusses and arches added strength, allowing for longer spans. And they're beautiful.
|We mean it!
|Not the most welcoming statue to find just inside the front door, a beautiful wood and metal warrior.
|A collection of signs from 19th century small businesses including this barber,
|Pisces, 1850-1870. It was rare to select a weather vane based on one's astrological sign, this one was likely on the house of an astrologer, serving as both a wind indicator and a trade sign.
|Spinning Woman, 1850-1875. Carved wood and painted metal, this whirligig was a trade sign for a New England yarn store. It is described as one of the finest surviving 19th century whirligigs, and more mechanically ambitious than most.
|Whale With A Long Tail, 1840
|Hobby Goat, 1880. This friendly little guy must have made his children so happy. He makes me happy :-)
|My favorite piece in the gallery is this colorful 1877 runner displayed on a closed-off staircase.
|Will our grandchildren be able to read this?
Some are wonderful, others are strange. All of them are interesting.
|The whale bone carvings are intricate
|The largest collection of glass canes in any American museum. Made from 1847 to 1957, these canes include several blown from a single length of glass, and are made for collectors.
|One of the stranger collections is an entire hallway of antique pressed glass goblets. They aren't identified in any way and all seem to be different.
|Followed by one man's trivet collection. Hmmm.
|My late partner collected traveling inkwells and would have loved this wonderful collection with pieces from 1780-1920.
I'll wait for you to stop snickering......
|Each one is about two and a half feet tall. See - jugs. Big ones.
|Victorian dolls made of wood and porcelain
|Chinese dolls, 1867-1880
|Cloth dolls, 1915-1935. The colors are still so bright.
|Some must have been made to encourage chastity......
It will have to wait for the next post.