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256 pages with over 350 photographs. Out of print. Very good condition.
A Gentleman's Refuge: A Work by Anthony Foster
Anthony Foster receives an invite from a dear friend, a horse lover (and for this reason a 'knight') to re-design, decorate and buy artworks for a 'shelter', a villa, starting the job from scratch. For Anthony Foster, the task provides an opportunity to work in complete freedom, having a dialogue with the linguistic variety of our times, free from any obligation with respect to periods and genres. The result is a structured space, which is at the same time eccentric and fluid, characterised by a clear atmosphere and a simple formality, classic in terms of symmetry, layout and brightness. The majority of the artworks ...
A Museum of One's Own
When French revolutionaries sacked royal holdings at the end of the 18th century, they began the largest transfer of artistic goods in world history. By 1850 many 'repossessed' treasures had come to rest in a new institution, the public museum, where they were assigned educational tasks. Anne Higonnet's book begins at this turning point in the history of art, but it looks instead at another new institution, the collection museum. Emerging in London with the Wallace Collection, the collection museum spread rapidly in Gilded Age America. To the discontent of many Europeans, cash-flush Americans like J.P. Morgan and Henry ...
About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham
Richard Keith Langham s all-American interiors unite a traditional approach with dashes of whimsy, beautiful tailoring, and an exuberant colour palette. In this book, Langham charms and inspires with a selection of city and country projects waterside estates on Maryland s Eastern Shore and Florida s Jupiter Island, gracious country houses in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, a grand townhouse in New Orleans, and city residences in New York, Washington, D.C., and Memphis. Langham conjures his own brand of design magic by approaching his clients rooms with the rigors of classicism, paired with an innate Southern predilection ...
An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams: The Americans who Revived the Country House in...
To a modern visitor nothing will seem more British than a classic country house like Cliveden or Leeds Castle. But the truth is actually very different. That such fabulous places exist in their present form – or in the case of, say, Blenheim, survive in the ownership of the family – is as much as anything down to American money and taste. Now, for the first time, Clive Aslet’s magnificent book reveals the extent of this remarkable phenomenon. Covering eighteen Americans and their houses – from the captivating May Goelet and Floors Castle in Scotland to the big game hunter Willie James and West Dean Park on th...
An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration: From Pompeii to Art Nouveau
An indispensable reference source for anyone with an interest in period styles of furniture and decoration, this renowned book comprises a complete survey of domestic interiors portrayed in art from the ancient world to the late 19th century. Available again after some years out of print, it presents a wonderfully rich collection of pictures of a type seldom reproduced anywhere. Around 400 paintings and watercolours from all over Europe, Russia and America record with faithful accuracy rooms of all periods and their contents: the furniture, fabrics, carpets, pictures and wall-coverings. A classic text goes beyond schola...
An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce: Decorating a Great French Country House
Award-winning Los Angeles interior designer Timothy Corrigan welcomes readers into his stunningly restored French chateau, rich with his signature mix of continental elegance and California comfort.
Architectural Colour in British Interiors, 1615-1840
This study of architectural colour in British interiors between 1615 and 1840 uses information from documentary sources and data obtained from technical investigation of work by architects of the period. It considers the move from the drabness of the 1600s to the exotic colours of the early 1800s. Excellent condition in slipcase.
Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line
A richly detailed history of the baronial splendor of the Philadelphia Main Line estate Ardrossan and of the Montgomery family who built it. Real-life American counterparts of the Granthams of Downton Abbey, the Montgomerys are best known as the family on which Philip Barry based his 1939 play, The Philadelphia Story, featuring Katharine Hepburn who also starred in the later Hollywood film. The Montgomerys entertained in the grand manner, hosting fox hunts and dinner dances. Guests included diplomat W. Averell Harriman; First Lady Edith Roosevelt; and famed vaudevillians the Duncan sisters. Essentially unaltered sinc...
Authentic Decor: Domestic Interior, 1620-1920 by Peter Thornton
A study of the Western interior and its decoration between 1620 and 1920. The scope of the book is international - from the Ukraine to Louisiana - and the homes portrayed encompass those of aristocrats and artists, of the "beau monde" and the bourgeoisie. The work is divided into six sections covering 50 year periods. Each has an introduction which discusses the prevailing tastes in architecture and furnishings, before moving through a series of illustrations. These range from designs for fireplaces, parquet flooring and window drapes to pictures of rooms - salons, studies, bedrooms, bathrooms - actually as they were li...
Baroque Baroque: The Culture of Excess by Stephen Calloway
Now available for the first time in paperback, this extraordinary book examines the 'culture of excess' in all its twentieth-century manifestations. Fashion, film, photography, design and decoration: all feature in Stephen Calloway's meticulous coverage of the colourful, the opulent and the theatrical. The author examines early examples of Baroque excess - by the Sitwells, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean and others - as well as the darker Baroque spirit of the wartime Neo-Romantics and film-makers such as Fellini and Jarman. Tracing the Baroque tendency all the way into the 1990s, he shows how ideas have been cross-fertil...
Basoli Antonio: Decori e Arredi 1794-1809
Text in Italian. Stunning watercolour sketches throughout of decorative trompe l'oeil wall panels, ceilings etc., a truly inspirational book for anyone interested in trompe l'oeil optical illusions. Out of Print, rare book. Paperback. Mint condition
Biedermeier
Prized by the avant-garde and the haute bourgeoisie of central Europe in the nineteenth century, Biedermeier style is experiencing an unprecedented revival around the world today. "Biedermeier", with its newly updated introduction and expanded bibliography, serves as an unrivaled sourcebook for those who are interested in the furniture and decor of an era that has uncanny parallels with our own. Angus Wilkie traces the complex history of this forgotten era, giving a cultural background to the work itself. Providing an overview of the astonishing variety of furniture produced by local cabinetmakers from Germany to Scandi...
Biedermeier to Bauhaus: Authentic German Decor
This unique book traces the evolution of interior design in Germany and Austria from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. More than 250 superb color photographs offer very complete room views as well as details and provide privileged access to private houses -- cottages, palaces, townhouses, artists' studios, and rural retreats.
Buckingham Palace: The Interiors
With rare access, interior designer and artist Ashley Hicks has photographed the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, home of Britain's monarch since 1837. An important representation of Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles, the palace is the work of such noted architects as John Nash. Hicks's eye brings a vibrant take on the formal spaces, capturing the magnificent rooms furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. Starting at the Grand Staircase, Hicks leads us through the opulently decorated State Rooms, which include the White Drawing Room and the Blue Drawing Room that both overlook the palace gardens; the...
Capital Houses: Historic Residences of Washington D.C. and Its Environs, 1735-19...
Washington's history of domestic architecture offers a remarkable range of periods, styles, and types yet, unlike the city's great monuments and civic buildings, its documentation and in-depth studies have been scarce. Architectural and social historian James M. Goode and award-winning photographer Bruce White fill that void with their magnificent study of Washington's historic residences that will come as a revelation even to those who think they know the city. Capital Houses examines the history of Washington's domestic architecture over a period of nearly 250 years through an outstanding collection of 56 historic ...
Capricious Fancy: Draping and Curtaining the Historic Interior, 1800-1930
The materials that decorate our homes and protect us from cold, light, and prying eyes reveal as well as conceal. Drapery and curtain designs tell the story of great shifts in home and work life that accompanied innovations in textile manufacturing technology and the fashion industry over the course of the nineteenth century. Capricious Fancy chronicles the changes in fashionable curtain and drapery styles in the United States and Europe during the Industrial Revolution. This unique compilation contains hundreds of illustrations, most in full color, reproduced from more than one hundred rare pattern books, workroom manu...
Chateau Des Fleurs by William Heffner
Chateau des Fleurs is an extraordinary book on one of Bel Air s most fascinating private houses Exclusive access to one detailed interiors of the 2-story mega mansion Chateau des Fleurs is an extraordinary book documenting the creation of one of the most unique and exquisite private houses built in Los Angeles in recent years. Inspired by classic French chateaux, the Chateau des Fleurs is a contemporary house galvanized by iconic French locations like the Loire Valley and the historical Burgundy. Readers follow the journey of the meticulous craftsmanship from conception to completion that spanned nearly a decade and res...
Chinoiserie By Dawn Jacobson
Chinoiserie - the distinctive taste for decoration and architecture based on Chinese design - has its origins in the age-old fantasy of 'Cathay', the mysterious land of the East. This beautifully illustrated book shows the development of the style from its very beginnings, demonstrating its continuous influence in all of the decorative arts. With sumptuous photography showing all aspects of Chinoiserie, the book clarifies the ways in which the exotic East was incorporated into Western taste, in a way that still is relevant to all those involved in interior decoration today. Hardback book in mint condition
Chinoiseries by Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams
Chinoiseries is a tour-de-force of the printer's and binder's art -- a sumptuous, hand-crafted artist's book, today found in the Getty Center's artist's books collection and the rare book room of Princeton University's Firestone Library. The volume presents fifty exacting watercolors of Chinoiserie garden follies, printed with superb fidelity using exceptional printing technology, then fashioned entirely by hand by French and Italian craftsmen. The volume is prefaced by the legendary couturier, Hubert de Givenchy, and features an illustrated introductory essay exploring the development of the Chinoiserie style, "The Arc...
Chinoiseries by Bernd H. Dams and Andrew Zega
This title presents 50 of Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega's expert watercolour illustrations, focusing on Chinoiseries pavilions. 36 of the works delve into the past, reconstructing exceptional historical structures from the 17th to the 19th century, with a predominately French style.
Classic English Design and Antiques: Period Style and Furnishings
A glorious celebration of the singular sophistication of English furniture, this lavishly illustrated volume features more than 150 objects from the world-class collection of Hyde Park Antiques--one of the most prestigious purveyors of objects from England's history--showcased among charming illustrations of period interiors, exquisite drawings from cabinet-makers' albums, and contemporary interiors from the world's luminary decorators, including Mario Buatta, Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, and Cullman & Kravis, among many others. Five major styles from the periods between 1700 and 1830 are showcased in ...
Classic Style by Judith Miller
The buildings and interiors of Ancient Greece and Rome have exerted a major influence on subsequent architects and designers. In this book, the author tells the story of the revivals of classic style down the centuries, from a restored mansion to an urban studio apartment. Hardback. Out of print.
Classical Interiors: Historical and Contemporary by Elizabeth Meredith Dowling.
Classical architecture employs a rich language developed across 25 centuries and many cultures. It is a language of details understood worldwide with its powerful vocabulary of subtle nuance and inflection. Within the study of architecture, the subject of classical interiors has garnered a minor position in the coverage of 20th-century design, as has the general subject of classical architecture after the 1930s. 'Classical Interiors' explores the architecture of the interior as expressed through the dazzling varieties of classical forms. The pursuit of beauty through the language of its details is a primary aim of class...
Colefax & Fowler: The Best in English Interior Decoration
One of Britain's leading interior design firms was founded by Lady Sybil Colefax and John Fowler just before the outbreak of World War II. John Fowler was later to become the doyen of the world of design, creating the style known throughout the world as "English country". His clients included members of the aristocracy and such well-known people as the Laurence Oliviers, the Michael Redgraves and the American Mrs Paul Mellon. In later years, Fowler worked closely with the National Trust in restoring their properties. This book tells the story of John Fowler's life and gives an illustrated history of his firm over the pa...
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