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20th Century Pewter . Art nouveau to Modernism
Pewter is a versatile alloy which has been used to make a wide variety of domestic objects since antiquity. Malleable and lustrous, it was commonly used for making tableware until the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when porcelain and glass became more popular. An inexpensive alternative to silver, it re-emerged as a popular material in the twentieth century, allowing for a new-found flexibility, and encouraging designers to experiment with form. From architectural finesse to the smallest everyday object, pewter was used globally, and was favoured as an inlay for decorative panels, furniture, vases and bowls. 20...
Art in Industry: The Silver of Paul Storr
It was a time of great technological innovation, and entrepreneurs like Storr were successful in combining great art with fine craftsmanship, much of the latter helped by the latest machines. The designs were provided by well-known names of the Regency such as John Flaxman, William Theed, Edward Hodges Baily and Thomas Stothard. Paul Storr (1770 - 1844), acknowledged to be the greatest silversmith of the Regency period, holds a special place in the history of English silver. The workshops he directed, first for the Royal Goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, and later on his own account, wrought some of the greatest sil...
Art Nouveau Domestic Metalwork: From Wurttembergische Metallwaren Fabrik, 1906
At the turn of the century, WMF was the world's largest manufacturer and exporter of household metalware. In 1906 they produced a sumptuous catalogue showing over 3,000 pieces with descriptions in English, which is reprinted here for the first time, with an historical introduction by Graham Dry.
Art Nouveau Ironwork of Austria & Hungary
The streets of Budapest, Hungary, and Vienna, Austria, are rich in masterpieces of Art Nouveau ironwork. Around nearly every corner of the residential districts and business hubs of these great cities, architectural treasures wait to be appreciated by the discerning eye. 500 vivid photos show the many, varied interpretations of Art Nouveau forms used in balustrades and balconies, lanterns and gates, doorways, elevator door facades, and more. This book will inspire many to make new travel plans and will delight everyone with a passion for beautiful decorative ironwork. Explanations of the settings discuss the details and...
British Silver Boxes 1640 1840: The Lion Collection
British Silver Boxes 1640 - 1840 catalogues the remarkable diversity and depth of the Lion Collection. Assembled with a passionate and discerning eye over several years, the collection has been distilled to include only the most interesting, rare and varied of antique British silver boxes. The featured boxes were made predominantly to carry snuff and tobacco, and the book provides fascinating insight into the habits and customs that shaped their development. A handful of nutmeg graters, vinaigrettes and counter boxes of particular interest or rarity are also included. Maker's marks are given when present, and many o...
British Silver: State Hermitage Museum Catalogue
Despite its comparatively small size-just over 370 items, dating mainly from the 18th century-the collection of British silver in the Hermitage is renowned for its variety and quality. Over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, the introduction of European dining habits and Russian Anglophilia contributed to the acquisition of large quantities of British silver. Most of the pieces were functional rather than decorative, such as dinner or toilet services specially commissioned by members of the imperial family and the aristocracy. Marking the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum, this catalogue offers a g...
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...
Christopher Dresser: The People's Designer 1834-1904
Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was a Victorian from a humble provincial background, who pushed back the frontiers of class privilege to claim his place as the first designer of the industrial age with the household in mind. Lyons believes that the legacy of Dresser has still to unfold. Dresser is already well appreciated for his silver-plated work and ceramics, but even in these fields there must be many more, as yet unnamed, companies that used Dresser's designs. Why is it, Lyons asks, that Dresser is reported as a designer of silver in 1876 by a Chicago newspaper, a full two years before his 'ground-breaking' designs...
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
Designer British Silver: From Studios Established 1930-1985
Designer British Silver explores the designer-silversmiths who have shaped British silver from the 1950s through to the present day. Covering a complete generation of craftsmen and women, and featuring one-to-one interviews with key figures, the book reveals the people and forces behind the post-war Renaissance that made Britain a centre of excellence for designer makers in silver. The fifty leading figures are covered in-depth, from Malcolm Appleby to John Willmin. Detailed insight is provided on the lives and works of each maker, alongside lavish illustrations and extended captions telling the story of every remarkabl...
Edgar Brandt: Master of Art Deco Ironwork
Illustrated with both period and new photographs, this is a study of the Art Deco ironwork of Edgar Brandt (1880-1960), a leading creative force during a period of remarkable achievement in French design. Brandt's grilles, screens, tables, lighting fixtures and bronze vessels - highlights of the famous 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels in Paris - are sought after today by collectors around the world. These and the Brandt studio's larger commissions - for the ocean liner "Paris" and the Au Bon Marche department store in Paris, among others - epitomize the Art Deco style. The author explores Brandt's mult...
European Silver in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen
This catalogue raisonné is the first study of this area of the Royal Collection for more than a hundred years. Extensive research has uncovered much new information relating to the European silver in the Collection since the last publication on the subject in the early twentieth century. The catalogue discusses more than 350 objects of pre-twentieth-century European silver from France, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia, with a smaller collection of pieces from Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal and the Austro-Hungarian empire. An introduction on the history of collecting European silver is followed by catalogue entr...
Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living
A beautifully illustrated look at how Georg Jensen pushed the boundaries of modern domestic design In 1904 Danish silversmith Georg Jensen (1866-1935) founded one of the world's most celebrated design companies. Famous for its signature silver tableware that combines gleaming sculptural forms with lush ornament, Jensen's eponymous firm has stood at the forefront of domestic design for over a century by combining an innovative and experimental spirit with a commitment to traditional craftsmanship. Tracing the evolution of Georg Jensen silver from its place in the company's initial emergence through its continuing role as...
Le Fer Forge en France. XVIe et XVIIe Siecles
This book illustrates beautifully, numerous designs of elaborate decorative metalwork used to embellish doors, staircases, panels etc.,
Matthew Boulton: Ormolu
Nicholas Goodison revisits his earlier exhaustive study of Boulton's ormolu ornaments and his manufactory at Soho, and unearths new and previously unpublished material. This book covers the factory between the years 1768 and 1782, the methods by which ornaments were designed, made and marketed, and Boulton's own keen interest in promoting the business. It is a comprehensive account of the range of vases, candelabra, clock cases and other ormolu ornaments and of the customers who bought them. The author has once again combined meticulous research with a narrative style that makes the book a pleasure to read. Most of the ...
Portes traditionnelles et modernes : Portes d'Europe
A nicely photographed book of unique doors across Europe. Includes everything from church doors to art nouveau doors to more modern styles. 288 pp. color illus. French.
Silver for Entertaining: The Ickworth Collection
This book is a comprehensive, well illustrated guide to one of the most important collections of 18th-century silver in Europe, extending to nearly a thousand individual pieces, being of the highest quality, style and exuberance of form and surviving virtually intact along with extensive and previously untapped archival evidence of its commissioning and use. The book analyses the silver from stylistic and technical perspectives and uses it to shed light on the patronage, fashion, and diplomatic, political and social history of the period. It also casts new light on the Herveys, one of England s most famous and eccentric...
Silverware by Alain Gruber
The author traces the evolution of household silverware in the European tradition using a novel approach: a concentration on the practical function of each type of object. For this volume the author has assembled remarkable illustrations: reproductions of little-known paintings, drawings and engravings that depict items of silverware in their proper historical and functional setting
The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals: A Manual for Fine Metalworkers...
The techniques of metal colouring, bronzing and patination are assuming a new importance in contemporary fine metalwork and design. Richard Hughes and Michael Rowe have assembled and tested the recipes included in this book, which is the most comprehensive work on the subject currently available, an essential reference and sourcebook for practitioners and all those involvoved in sculpture, architecture, designs and the decorative arts. It brings together hundred of recipes and treatments previously scattered in a variety of old books and technical papers, and provides the artist-craftsman with a very wide range of colou...
The Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, Jewellers and Allied Traders, 1838-1914
The 'Directory' covers the period when Britain was the foremost industrial country of the world. It contains 4,000 biographies of very diverse traders, together with 15,000 makers' marks, illustrated and arranged to allow easy identification. Based on the records of Goldsmiths' Hall, this is the most important reference on British 19th century silver and is essential for all collectros, dealers and historians. Two volume set.
The Yves Saint Laurent Pierre Bergé Collection: The Sale of the Century
An authoritative book published in collaboration with Christie’s, featuring photographs of the Bergé–Saint Laurent collection in situ, complete with estimated value information and final auction prices. In February 2009, 733 pieces from Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent’s art collection―one of the largest private collections in the world―was auctioned off in a record-breaking sale of the century. Modern paintings, baroque bronzes, antique silverware and statues, cameos, and minerals comprise this diverse collection that furnished Bergé’s and Saint Laurent’s two luxurious residences in the 6th arrondis...
Wallace Collection Catalogues: Gold Boxes
The 18th-century gold snuffbox was the ultimate fashion accessory beautifully made, exquisitely decorated and very expensive, its form and ornament subject to the changing taste of the time. Playing an important role in self-promotion, diplomacy and collecting, a box denoted status and could be used as currency for its monetary value. Its practical purpose was usually secondary.The collection of gold boxes at the Wallace Collection is small in number, but contains some of the finest in any museum and can boast of some of the most famous boxes in the world. The 99 pieces catalogued here represent a brilliant cross-sectio...
Wine Labels: 1730-2003 - A Worldwide History
Silver wine labels made their appearance in the 1730s to identify the contents of unmarked opaque glass wine bottles. This book reflects the lively interest in wine labels of collectors in many countries. It explores the history of the development of not only the labels themselves, but also of the great collections. It examines in detail makers, places of manufacture and styles
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