It seems appropriate to focus on sundials in these waning days of Summer. I know, I know–there are technically several more weeks–but I am a college professor, so for me Fall definitely begins on Tuesday. There is just no question; it’s the least transitional of the seasons. Sundials have a long history and are aesthetically pleasing, but the main reason I like them is for their representation of another transition: from the technological and practical to the simply decorative. A sundial sits right in the middle of my Colonial Revival garden but there is also one (in more portable form) front and center in one of my favorite Renaissance paintings, The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger.
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- Two big breakthroughs: I have never associated #salemma with folk art, which was silly of me, and I have finally distinguished between two Salem men named Charles Osgood. There's the artist who produced the famous portrait of the dashing young Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the ship captain Charles C. Osgood (1820-1886) who also carved very sought-after decoys and hung out at a hunting lodge in #rowleyma called the Ives Camp with other sportsmen and carvers. I remember seeing these decoys at the @shelburnemuseum a few years ago and thinking they were produced by the other Charles Osgood, but no. A Charles C. Osgood decoy sold for $40,000 a few years ago and now one which might have been produced by him---proclaimed a "Massachusetts masterpiece" by @copleyfineartauctions has a starting bid of $60,000. #salemartists #salemhistory
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