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Near Pittsfield in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Shaker Color

 
 
Shaker Color Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 1, 2018
1. Shaker Color Marker
Inscription.  

The Shakers, perhaps more than any other religious movement, embraced purity of design and consummate craftsmanship in everything they created. These banners represent a sample of the typical and joyful Shaker palette. As you tour this National Historic Landmark, you will encounter vibrant colors on walls, in textiles and clothing and painted on furniture. Shaker Millennial Laws or guidelines prescribed selected color uses. These color recipes (pigment mixed with linseed oil) were well-documented and used consistently among the 19 Shaker communities that stretched from Maine to Florida.

Key to Shaker Color Use

Chrome Green coated bed frames and oval boxes.

Chrome Yellow brightened workshop building exteriors, interior architectural features, built-in furniture and oval boxes.

Red Ochre coated building exteriors, built-ins, furniture and oval boxes.

Orange or Salmon was created from combinations of red and yellow
pigments and decorated furniture, exteriors and woodenware.

Prussian Blue coated Meeting House interiors.

Yellow Ochre was most commonly found on floors


 
Erected by
Shaker Color Marker and Colors image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 1, 2018
2. Shaker Color Marker and Colors
Hancock Shaker Village.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 42° 25.83′ N, 73° 20.334′ W. Marker is near Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker is on the east wall of the Gift Shop building at Hancock Shaker Village. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield MA 01201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hancock Shaker Village (a few steps from this marker); Hancock Shaker Village: Powered by the Sun for Over 200 Years (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of New Lebanon War Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away in New York); Mohican Blessing Fountain (approx. 3.8 miles away in New York); Sgt. Glenn R. Allison (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sergeant Edward J. Burns (approx. 4.3 miles away); Veteran of the Year (approx. 4.3 miles away); Roman Walter Sadlowski (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Shakers at Hancock Shaker Village. (Submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Simple Shaker Style. (Submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Shaker (c.1747-1900) Period styles.
Hancock Shaker Village Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 1, 2018
3. Hancock Shaker Village Sign
(Submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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