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20th Century British Glass by Charles R. Hajdamach
This is the most comprehensive book yet published on twentieth century British glass with hitherto unpublished catalogues, contemporary photographs and hundred of objects grouped to assist collectors with identification. The majority of the items, from private and public collections, are illustrated for the first time. The book covers everything from Art Nouveau and Art Deco masterpieces to the now much ignored Pyrex ovenware and everything in between from engraving, cameo glass and paperweights. The chapters focus on the effects of the two world wars, special features look at individual designers including Keith Murray...
Art Deco and other Figures by Bryan Catley
Based partly on the original importers' catalogues and partly on the wide range of pieces handled by the author Bryan Catley, a leading specialist in the subject, this book covers a comprehensive range of art deco figures. Between the wars, an entirely "modern" style of decorative sculpture emerged which was a complete break with the heavy romantic late 19th century schools, and was totally in sympathy with the vibrant young society of the 1920s. The use of bronze and ivory for the great number of these sensual figures in no way obscures the the fact that many are of exceptionally high quality; add to this their sense o...
Art Deco Ceramics in Britain
This book focuses on the art deco ceramics that were produced by the British pottery industry during the late twenties and early thirties. It covers all the important aspects of the popular style from its origins in France, its breakthrough in Britain and how the style took on during the early thirties. The background of art deco is examined and how it developed in France during the early part of the twentieth century: how European designers created new shapes and patterns and how these ideas eventually made their way into British design."Art Deco Ceramics in Britain" looks at the well-established factories such as Josi...
Art, Trade, and Culture in the Islamic World and Beyond: From the Fatimids to th...
The essays in this volume bring to light the artistic exchanges that occurred between successive Islamic dynasties and those further afield in China, Armenia, India and Europe from the 12th to the 19th centuries. All the articles present original research, many of them taking advantage of innovative scientific means allowing us to look at already familiar objects in a new light. Subjects include tile production during the reign of Qaytbay, book bindings associated with Qansuh al-Ghuri, depictions of fish on Mamluk textiles, the relationship between Mamluk metalwork and Rasulid Yemen and Italy respectively. A number of t...
Ceramics: 400 Years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces by Patricia Fergus...
The aim of this publication is to introduce the rich and varied ceramics in the National Trust's vast and encyclopaedic collection, numbering approximately 75,000 artefacts, housed in 250 historic properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. One hundred key pieces have been selected from this rich treasure trove, each contributing to our knowledge of ceramic patronage and history, revealing the very personal stories of ownership, display, taste and consumption. The selection includes the following Continental wares: 'Red-figure' wares, Italian armorial tablewares, Dutch Delft from the Greek A factory, owned by Adr...
China for the West: Chinese Porcelain and Other Decorative Arts for Export Illus...
This is an excellent book which gives one insight onto the history of how the Chinese came to export porcelain to the west. This is an amazing book documenting the largest collection in the world of Chinese export porcelain for the West
Chinese and Japanese Works of Art: in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen  (...
The Royal Collection includes some of the most historic examples of eastern arts now in the western world. With more than 2,000 items distributed among the royal residences in England and Scotland, this collection presents a rich cross-section of the porcelains, jades, lacquer and other works of art produced in China and Japan and brought here over a period of several centuries, reflecting the West’s long-standing appetite for rarities from distant lands. A striking feature of the collection is the mounting in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries of many objects in gilt bronze: the mounts themselves, made in French...
Delftware: In the Fitzwilliam Museum
This complete catalogue of the English and Irish delftware in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, reveals much that is beautiful and unusual. The greater part of the collection was bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher in 1928, and much of it is little known. A detailed publication has long been overdue, and this book illustrates 588 items in colour, many with multiple views. The strength of Dr Glaisher s collection is the English earthenware of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly delftware: no better assemblage has ever been made by a single collector. He amassed objects with great academic rigour over a p...
Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
The brilliant architect and designer Ettore Sottsass “made glass” from 1947 until the end of his career. This volume documents the entire period of his glass oeuvre, from the series he designed in the 1970s for Vistosi to the Memphis collections of the 1980s, the symbolic forms of the 1990s, the stunning constructions for the Millennium House in Qatar, and the famous Kachinas. The wealth of images, the analysis of design and painting together with the coeval cultural and artistic context, and the summary of works including many unpublished pieces make this volume edited by Luca Massimo Barbero the first scientific s...
French Porcelain: In the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen (Three Volume Set)
The Royal Collection contains one of the finest groups of eighteenth-century Sevres porcelain in the world. It's importance has long been recognised, but it is only with the publication of Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue's monumental three-volume catalogue raisonne that it's richness, variety and range can be fully appreciated.The three volumes cover all the French porcelain in the Collection made at Sevres and in the Paris factories before 1830, although the chief emphasis is on the King's aquisition of outstanding pieces of eighteenth-century Sevres porcelain.Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue was Director of the Royal Collection an...
Gallé Lamps
Although renowned for his work as a verrier, lamps did not form a significant part of Gallé's repertoire in glass until immediately prior to 1900. Indeed, only in the last few years of his life does it appear that he realised the full aesthetic potential of opalescent glass viewed by transmitted light. In an Art Nouveau context, Gallé's creations reached their apogee between 1900 and his death in 1904, a brief period during which he adapted the shape of much of his glassware to its theme. Vases decorated with lilies became lily-shaped in a marriage of form and function. Fully-ripened gourds pendent on their vines glow...
Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection by Alastair Duncan
Alastair Duncan , the world-renowned authority on Louis C. Tiffany, has produced the definitive work on America's premier artist-designer, examining every facet of Tiffany's unrivalled achievements in a lifetime consecrated, in his own words, to 'The Quest of Beauty'. As Tiffany's wares have continued to rise in popularity since their resurgence in the 1950s, many collectors have focused on different aspects of Tiffany's work. Only Takeo Horiuchi, however, has built a comprehensive collection of masterworks in every artistic discipline to which Tiffany applied himself. This book, based on the superlative Louis C. Tiffan...
Mid-Century Modern Dinnerware
The bold shapes and startling patterns on dinnerware of the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s are displayed in over 480 dazzling color photographs. Much of the best work of six leading pottery manufacturers, Ak-Sar-Ben Pottery, Denwar Ceramics, Iroquois China Company, Laurel Potteries of California, Royal China Company, and Stetson China Company, is shown and described in detail. The dinnerware shapes, including Bantu, Casual, Futura, Holiday, Impromptu, and Scandia, produced by these important manufacturers are well represented to attract collectors today. An engaging scholarly text is filled with new research about the com...
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass
Rene Lalique, a master artist and designer of early 20th-century France, initially achieved fame for his jewelry creations that were widely admired and collected. He began experimenting with glass in the 1890s, and was so captivated by the material that he spent the rest of his career working with it exclusively. The glass objects that he designed, such as vases, ashtrays, tableware, and other household accessories, are now considered iconic representations of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. This publication traces Lalique's distinguished career, including his early experimentation with glass in jewelry-making; ...
Repertorio Del Design Italiano 1950-2000 (two volume boxed set)
614 pages, with over 3000 furniture & lamp reproductions in black and white. Text in Italian. Furniture, chairs, lighting, lamps by famous artists such as Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso, Cassina, Zanotta, Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno, Ico Parisi, Carlo De Carli, Ignazio Gardella, Stilnovo, Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Gino Sarfatti, Arteluce, Arflex, Angelo Mangiarotti, Gastone Rinaldi, Vico Magistretti, Kartell, Max Ingrand, O-Luce, Azucena, Franca Helg, Angelo Mangiarotti, Rima, Arform, Gianfranco Frattini, Massimo Vignelli, Venini, Stilux, Gio Ponti, Tobia Scarpa, Gavina, Poltronova, Poggi, Arredoluce, Bruno Munari, A...
Tankards and Mugs: Drinking from Chinese Export Porcelain
Tankards and mugs are vessels that illuminate many aspects of social, economic and art history. This book focuses on Chinese export porcelain tankards and mugs dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Drinking is a pleasurable and social activity, enjoyed by most cultures of the world. In China, alcohol was used for feasts, festivals and religious ritual as early as the Neolithic age. In the West, beer, cider and porter were drunk on both convivial and solemn occasions. Vessels used to contain drink were often treasured containers, and time and care was spent on their manufacture and decoration. They needed to be pract...
The Golden Age of English Glass: 1650-1775
The Golden Age of English Glass features 150 objects from the collection of John H. Bryan, ranging in date from c.1650-1809. These enable a full and detailed discussion of the history of English glassmaking during its critical period of innovation (c.1650-1675) and its world triumph (c.1700-1775), including discussions of crystal table glass, 'black' glass bottles, window glass, mirrors and lighting (glass candle­sticks and chandeliers). In spite of the fact that these pieces are among the most important examples of English glass known (the collection includes, for instance, twenty-five drinking glasses made between ab...
The Kunstkammer.  Wonders are Collectable
144 pages with colour photographs. Text is in English as well as German. Excellent high quality photographs throughout.
Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery
For nearly a century British potters have invigorated traditional ceramic forms by developing or reinventing techniques, materials, and means of display. Things of Beauty Growing explores major typologies of the vessel-such as bowl, vase, and charger-that have defined studio ceramics since the early 20th century. It places British studio pottery within the context of objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea and presents essays by an international team of scholars and experts. The book highlights the objects themselves, including new works by Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, and Nao Matsunago, featured alongside works by William...
Venini Glass. 2 volume set
One of the most important changes during the 20th century was the evolution of the decorative arts from the rank of crafts to that of art: glass, today, has duly earned its place in museums, markets and the public opinion. The extraordinary inventiveness between the end of the 1940s and throughout the 1950s, together with the enormous success enjoyed by Venini design, helped arouse international interest in Venetian glass. New techniques, impossible to imitate, risked consigning the firm's earlier production (from 1925 to the Second World War) undeservingly to the shadows while they placed Venini artworks among the high...
Visitors to Versailles - From Louis XIV to the French Revolution
A fascinating look at the splendor of the French court at Versailles through the eyes of its numerous visitors What was it like to visit one of the most magnificent courts of Europe? Based on a wealth of contemporary documents and surviving works of art, this lavish book explores the experiences of those who flocked to the palace and grounds of Versailles when it was the seat of the French monarchy. Engaging essays describe methods of transportation, the elaborate codes of dress and etiquette, precious diplomatic gifts, royal audiences, and tours of the buildings and gardens. Also presented are the many types of visitor...
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