Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Variation on a Willow

This isn't a substantive post — I just wanted to highlight the William Stall stone (1808) in Newport, RI, which features a particularly lovely version of the willow design (sans urn).

1 comment:

Robert J. said...

A very lovely abstract willow. I've noticed that the earliest willow/urn examples west of Boston (ca. 1800) tend not to integrate the two charges very well -- there may be only a willow or only an urn, or if both, a somewhat crude single-stemmed willow over an urn that is in an architectural niche. By 1810 or 1820, however, the combination becomes standardized, with a more naturalistic willow arching over an urn on the ground.