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Latimeria Summer House Folly Birdhouse - Floor Sample Sale

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This handcrafted birdhouse was inspired by Winterthur's own Latimeria Summer House, located in the Peony Garden. This artfully designed birdhouse features strong, sturdy construction, exterior trim hand-cut to match the top finial of the summer house, 15 copper-lined entry ports with perches and individual interior compartments. Over time, the copper openings will patina to a beautiful verdigris. Each house is individually made, signed, named and numbered by artist, Thomas F. Burke.

In the late 1920's, H. F. du Pont rescued the Latimeria Summer House from a famous Wilmington, DE garden named ‘Latimeria’. The garden was created by John R. Latimer, a successful China trader, who returned to Wilmington in 1834. Inspired by his travels, he embellished his newly purchased country house with elements that referenced his time in China.

This birdhouse accompanied the exhibition, "Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden" at Winterthur, Spring 2018. Follies are architectural constructions, often extravagant or picturesque, positioned within the landscape to amuse, frame a view, or pique your curiosity. H. F. du Pont created several follies for Winterthur and enjoyed many gardens that included follies on his travels. In large gardens like Winterthur, a scenic building could be used to draw your eye to a beautiful view or to display your taste in architecture.

• Handmade in the USA.

• Dimensions: 54"H x 24"W.

• Gentle wear and tear is to be expected from floor samples.

• Care: Unscrew bottom for yearly cleaning. Made for outdoor use but may require maintenance for long lasting beauty.

• Large furniture pieces must be delivered by Motor Freight. A shipping quote will be emailed within 1 business day. FREE DELIVERY within 15 mile radius of Winterthur Museum
Due to the hand-carved nature, please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Thomas F. Burke is known for his meticulously handcrafted birdhouses inspired by iconic buildings such as the Olson House in Cushing, Maine, where Andrew Wyeth painted "Christina's World," or the John Chad House in Chadds Ford, Pa.

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