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Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe (Met...
This beautiful catalogue provides a comprehensive history of pietre dure, a virtuoso form of hardstone carving that reached an artistic peak in Italy in the 16th century and subsequently spread throughout Europe. The demanding practice of pietre dure, first used in ancient times, enjoyed a spectacular revival in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. By artistic cutting, semiprecious stones - agate, lapis lazuli, chalcedony, and other colourful hardstones - were fashioned into extravagantly designed luxury objects such as table tops, wall panels, cabinets, and ornate display vessels. Both as objects of desire and as diplo...
Baroque: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting
During the baroque period, architecture and the other fine arts were the instruments of a staging of "world theater" on a grand scale. The baroque art of the popes in Rome, the displays of power and opulence in the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and Dutch painting - they all reflect different aspects of the underlying tension between pleasure in life and fear of death that was such a prominent feature of the baroque world view. This volume portrays the entire span of the fine arts of the baroque era, from rich splendor to religious asceticism
Bronze Mirrors from Ancient China
Since prehistoric times, people have sought a means to see vtheir own image: an first reflected from smooth surface of water, then polished stone, later in polished metal, and finally glass. Bronze mirrors were first produced around 3000 bc in Egypt, from where they appear to have spread throughout the Mediterranean world and then into Asia and imported into China. Chinese bronze mirrors were thin, two sided, typically round discs. The bronze was polished with a reflective surface on one side, usually convex, and with various designs, based on Chinese mythology, ancient symbolism and ritual, cast in relief on the...
Carlos Nadal 1917-1998: An English Perspective
This reference book is a comprehensive study of the works by the Paris born artist, Carlos Nadal. One can see that he has been greatly influenced by Dufy, Matisse and Utrillo. In this first tome on Carlos Nadal by John Duncalfe, 'An English Perspective' he endeavours to present a more comprehensive collection of his oeuvre for the attention of collectors and art dealers. Duncalfe became Nadal's UK representative in 1978 until the artists death in 1998. The artist and agent built a very close bond over the years and spent many hours travelling and working together, which gave Duncalfe a unique insight into the inner most...
Carlos Nadal: Works on Paper
This reference book is a comprehensive study of the works on paper by the Paris born artist, Carlos Nadal. One can see that he has been greatly influenced by Dufy, Matisse and Utrillo. In this tome we see many of Nadal's preparation studies for works on canvas. The authors intention within this book is to give the reader an insight into Nadal's thoughts on his preparation and techniques. Nadal, mainly working en plein air before creating his larger works on canvas. The book details Nadal's career spanning some 70 years. Living variously in Paris, Barcelona and Brussels he was never short of new inspiration. He travelled...
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...
Christies.  Simon Sainsbury: The Creation of An English Arcadia 2 Volume set.  W...
two volume catalogue was produced to accompany the sale of furniture, paintings and objects from the collection of Sir Simon Sainsbury (1930-2006) at Woolbeding, Midhurst, West Sussex. Many colour illustrations throughout. The introduction and cover illustrations were photographed by Tessa Traeger, who collaborated on a book on the gardens of Woolbeding with Sainsbury. Mint condition
Christies. The Cowdray Sale. Works of Art from Cowdray Park and Dunecht House. 1...
270 x 210mm. pp. 531. English text. Large catalogue for the sale of items from Cowdray Park and Dunecht House held by Christie's Auctioneers at Cowdray Park on the 13th, 14th and 15th of September 2011. Features important furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, silver and other items. Colour illustrations. Bound in original pictorial wraps
Collection du Baron de Rede Provenant De L' Hotel Lambert
Sotheby's, Paris, 2005. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 2 volume set - Volume I: Mobilier, Objets d'Art, Tableaux et Livres. Volume II: Orfèvrerie, Porcelaine, Verrerie, Bijoux et Memorabilia. French and English text. Pair of catalogues for the sale of the collection of Baron De Rede. Features important furniture and works of art as well as memorabilia. Includes works by Henri Gervex, Jean Cocteau, Cecil Beaton and others. Lavish colour illustrations throughout. Bound in original pictorial wraps. Volumes housed in cream slipcase envelope. An important sale, with great reference works
Dictionary of British Art. Victorian Painters (Two Volume set)
The first edition of "The Dictionary of Victorian Painters" was published in 1971 and contained details of 1,800 artists together with 250 illustrations. It became an accepted textbook on Victorian artists and was reprinted four times until a second, revised and much enlarged edition with 11,000 entries and 550 illustrations appeared in 1978. "The Dictionary" is now revised in two volumes, each complementary to one another yet entirely independent works, depending on the particular interest of the reader. This volume contains over 11,000 entries, which have been revised and updated where appropriate to reflect recent re...
Dictionary of British Eighteenth Century Painters by Ellis Waterhouse
Includes many previously unpublished paintings and newly-documented artists. The illustrations represent many lesser-known artists and the book fills a substantial gap in the available literature.
Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Mod...
Caroline of Ansbach (1683-1737), Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719-1772), and Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz (1744-1818) were three German princesses who became Queens Consort-or, in the case of Augusta, Queen in Waiting, Regent, and Princess Dowager-of Great Britain, and were linked by their early years at European princely courts, their curiosity, aspirations, and an investment in Enlightenment thought. This sumptuously illustrated book considers the ways these powerful, intelligent women left enduring marks on British culture through a wide range of activities: the promotion of the court as a dynamic forum of the Hanove...
Fred Lawson 1888-1968: A Painters Life
Fred Lawson The Yorkshire born painter, engraver and book illustrator, who moved to Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales in 1910 with fellow artist George Graham. The two artists rented a cottage and studio at Castle Bolton. Lawson Married the young painter Muriel Metcalfe in 1933, their daughter Sonia was born in 1934, later to become Sonia Lawson RA. Fred Lawson a much collected and respected painter, recording the scene of his time for posterity
Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay
Presenting 70 works from public and private collections, this beautifully illustrated volume offers the opportunity to re-evaluate the American artist Walter Gay's depiction of 'empty' rooms, filled with furniture but with no human presence. Walter Gay (1856 - 1937) was a highly accomplished artist, collector and tastemaker. He and his wife Matilda lived in Paris for much of their life and enjoyed a leading role in stylish society; many of the interiors that he painted, with their 18th-century French furnishings, were rooms in their own homes, or those of friends. Awarded a gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1888, it is t...
In Search of Rex Whistler. His Life and His Work
Rex Whistler was one of the most intriguing artists of the interwar years. His career lasted only from 1925 until his tragically early death in the Second World War, when he was thirty-nine. But in those two decades he established himself as an artist in many different fields, and especially as the outstanding mural painter of the period. His first big mural, painted while he was still a student at the Slade School of Art, was for the Tate Gallery restaurant. He went on to paint many others, including those at Port Lympne in Kent, Dorneywood in Buckinghamshire and - his masterpiece - Plas Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey....
International Arts and Crafts
The Arts and Crafts movement revolutionised attitudes to work and the home and laid the foundations for a radical shift in approach to design and lifestyle in the early twentieth century. From the pioneering example of William Morris and the writings of John Ruskin, to a new generation of architects, artists, designers and patrons, the movement championed a unity of the arts and was broadly defined by the common aims of social and industrial reform, the revival of handicrafts, a return to the simple life, and the improvement of art for everyday life. It was the first major art movement to focus on the decorative arts bu...
Jean-Etienne Liotard 1702-1789
Renowned during the eighteenth century for his exquisite portraits and works in pastel, not to mention his outlandish Orientalist outfits, Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702–1789) painted some of the most significant rulers and aristocrats in Europe, including the entire British Royal Family, during his lifetime. A peripatetic artist who worked in the Near East as well as in major European capitals, Liotard was born in Geneva and studied in Paris, before travelling to Italy and then on to Constantinople, in the company of Lord Duncannon. While there he painted the local residents as well as the British community, and adopted ...
Missing Masterpieces: Lost Works of Art 1450-1900
In this ground-breaking study of missing masterpieces, Gert-Rudolf Flick presents detailed case histories of great works of art that have simply vanished. None of them is known for certain to have been destroyed; all of them are recorded in the form of copies, drawings, studies, or engravings. Tantalizingly, any of them might turn up at any time...The fate of the masterpieces discussed in this book remains a mystery. Everyone knows of Michelangelo's David in Florence, but what happened to the famous bronze of the same subject? It was last heard of in a chateau in France, after its aristocratic owner went to the guilloti...
Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age
The latest Marcel Wanders publication Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age pays homage to the 17th-century Dutch masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum's prestigious Gallery of Honour. The unique art publication combines the finest materials, the most innovative techniques and the testimonies of thought leaders and craft masters from around the world. The books bring the reader eye to eye with over 60 iconic paintings such as Rembrandt's Night Watch and Vermeer's Milkmaid. Leading contemporary critical thinkers explain how their perception of the world has been influenced by these paintings. Featuring writings of Ferran Adrià, ...
Romanesque: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting
The Romanesque was the first epoch of medieval art that encompassed all of Europe. Its origins hearken back to characteristic elements of Roman construction - reflected in the name of the period - and in the course of the High Middle Ages developed into the embodiment of Christian sacred art. Architecture, painting, and sculpture were permeated with the Christian worldview and the spirit of the religion. The book at hand helps us understand and even experience this tight integration and masterfully explains the manifold aspects of Romanesque artistic composition, in which the hopes and fears of the people of the time fo...
Rome: Art and Architecture
Rome: Art & Architecture unfolds the magnificent panorama of the Eternal City, long recognized as the cultural capital of Europe, before the readers' eyes. Even into the twentieth century, artists from every corner of the globe were magically drawn to Rome, which served as their model and inspiration. The great epochs of occidental art are introduced, with the myriad masterpieces that have been created here serving as illustrations. The city is home to an inexhaustible supply of treasures from every area of the fine arts. Readers can follow the development of Rome and its artworks throughout the centuries; indeed, the c...
Sotheby's. The Alberto Bruni Tedeschi Collection - To Benefit The Virginio Bruni...
Large format paperback, 527pp. Colour illustrations throughout. Sale catalogue of the contents of The Castle of Castagneto Po, near Turin with the sale comprising 297 lots, with much French furniture, ceramics, objet d'art, paintings, chandeliers etc etc offered for sale. The collection was formed by the industrialist & classical composer Alberto Bruni Tedeschi who made his fortune in tyres.
State Hermitage Museum Catalogue: British Painting: 16th-19th Centuries
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg houses a relatively small but choice collection of 16th- to 19th-century British paintings, among them Thomas Gainsborough's vibrant Portrait of a Lady in Blue (c. 1770) and his rival Sir Joshua Reynolds' vast Infant Hercules Strangling the Serpents (c. 1786), commissioned by the Russian Empress Catherine II and symbolizing a young Russia's growing strength. 135 paintings-works by artists from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales-are presented in this comprehensive catalogue. Also included are portraits from the famed War Gallery created by English painter George Dawe, who w...
The Complete Collection of Antiquities: From the Cabinet of Sir William Hamilton
This spectacular compilation of elevations, representing a superb collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman vases, is the fruit of a collaboration between Lord William Hamilton (1730-1803), British diplomat and collector, and Hugues d'Hancarville (1719-1805), an amateur art dealer. While working as an envoy to the British Embassy in Naples, Hamilton developed a keen interest in antiquity, visiting the excavations of Pompeii and Hercolano and publishing the first scientific essays on volcanology. His friend d'Hancarville Introduced him to the Porcinari family, whose collection of vases Hamilton purchased in its entirety, ...
The Kunstkammer.  Wonders are Collectable
144 pages with colour photographs. Text is in English as well as German. Excellent high quality photographs throughout.
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