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The Florentine Craftsman Collection contains trade literature and photographic images compiled by the Florentine Craftsmen firm of Long Island City, New York, dating from approximately 1915 to 1976. Most of the manufacturers' literature--including catalogs, fliers, and brochures--deals with outdoor furniture and ornaments, statuary, and iron work fixtures. Some of the materials relate specifically to product lines by Florentine Craftsmen, though many illustrate the work of other manufacturers of outdoor furnishings and ornaments.
Florentine Craftsmen was established in New York City in 1915 as a manufacturer of hand-crafted garden statuary and ornaments, fountains, outdoor furniture, planters and other garden items. According to company literature, the product line was based on original designs and molds developed by Florentine Craftsmen founder Vincent Primavera, an Italian émigré and artisan. Acquired by Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Inc. in 2011, Florentine Craftsmen continues to put out different product lines of garden furnishings and ornaments.
Immediate Source of Acquisition Note
Donated by Skip Brown of Florentine Craftsmen to the Smithsonian Instituion's Horticulture Services Division (later Smithsonian Gardens).
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conditions Governing Use note
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Preferred Citation note
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Florentine Craftsmen records.
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