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Ornament and the Grotesque - Fantastical Decoration from Antiquity to Art Nouveau
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
The discovery of Nero's Domus Aurea in Rome at the end of the 15th century revealed an unfamiliar, playful style of classical ornament that captured the imagination of Renaissance artists. For the first explorers it was like entering a series of caves or 'grottoes', which is why they called the style of the painting on the walls and ceilings 'grotesque'. The first book to reveal this vast treasury, Ornament and the Grotesque brings the story up to the late 19th century and shows how it led eventually to Art Nouveau. Far removed from the formal language of traditional classical ornament, what they saw was something essentially decorative and only semi-serious: parodies of classical mythology, fantastic hybrid monsters, men hatching out of eggs, images of perverse eroticism, impossible architectural visions, giant butterflies, mischievous putti, monkeys, sphinxes and nightmare insects - a repertoire of uninhibited imagination where nothing was taboo. Inspired by this discovery, Italian artists, including Perugino, Signorelli and Mantegna, immediately started to copy the style. Raphael's decoration of the Vatican Logge in the early 16th century made the grotesque into a Europe-wide fashion, and it soon became an integral decorative feature of the most lavish residences, incorporating ceramics, textiles and tapestries. 32.50 x 26.80 cm Hardback 308pp 246 Illustrations, 242 in colour First published 2008
London
Art Nouveau Jewelry
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
Jewelry was one of the purest, and most successful, expressions of Art Nouveau style, using sensuous organic forms to create a vast range of objects of exceptional beauty and inventiveness. Leading expert Vivienne Becker provides an account of the movement that spread through Europe and the United States, acquiring different decorative characteristics in England, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Russia and Spain. For the collector, comprehensive biographies on more than 300 designers are included, followed by a guide to identification, with over 200 makers’ marks and signatures. Each part of the book is richly illustrated with plate sections of dramatic illustrations, from the sinuous elegance of the French masters - Vever, Lalique and Fouquet - to the linear, geometric designs of the Viennese - Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. 30.20 x 22.60 cm Paperback 240pp 456 Illustrations, 156 in colour and 214 makers' marks First published 1998
London
Gaudí - Builder of Visions
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
Antoni Gaudí and his inimicable fluid, organic style will be forever linked to Barcelona. His spectacular buildings – among them the Güell Palace and the monumental La Sagrada Familia – have come to symbolize the city. This exciting book invites the reader to explore the visual richness of Gaudí’s creations in scores of well chosen illustrations. As well as revealing the architect’s working and building methods, the author also discusses Barcelona’s social and cultural background and the city’s heritage as the capital of Art Nouveau. 18.00 x 12.50 cm Paperback 128pp 106 Illustrations, 65 in colour First published 2002
London
Pre-Raphaelite Drawing
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
The most comprehensive survey to date of the drawings, watercolours, prints and designs of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, providing a fresh and intimate picture of the most popular and enduring group in the history of British art The book is illustrated with the most important Pre-Raphaelite drawings from public and private collections around the UK, including striking works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Edward Burne-Jones that have never before been exhibited or reproduced. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of radical young artists who banded together in London in 1848, revolutionized British art. This book explores the vital role played by drawing and design, in all its variety, in the work of the Brotherhood and their associates. Alongside studies for paintings of religious, literary and medieval subjects are the group’s portraits, self-portraits and caricatures, often exchanged as gifts; meticulous depictions of nature by John Ruskin and his followers; captivating drawings of the iconic Pre-Raphaelite models Lizzie Siddal and Jane Morris; and original designs for stained glass, textiles and ceramics. Art historian Colin Cruise explores the emergence of the Brotherhood’s graphic style, their theories of naturalism, their radical promotion of new subjects, and their highly original use of watercolour as a drawing medium. He also demonstrates the impact that Pre-Raphaelite drawing had upon turn-of-the-century British art movements such as Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau, and explores the role of drawing in the work of leading Arts and Crafts designers such as William Morris, William De Morgan and Florence Camm. 28.00 x 24.00 cm Paperback with flaps 248pp With 313 illustrations First published 2012
London
20th Century Ceramics
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
Many of the surveys to date have discussed factories or potters or artists as if they were completely disassociated from the times in which they were living, and as if they were completely unaware of their contemporaries. Rather than producing a survey in which only a shooting gallery of iconic pots or famous artists are presented I have tried to reveal the contexts in which these ceramics were made and why they were made.' Anyone concerned with art and creativity in the modern era, including schools, art colleges and collectors, will be grateful for this introduction to one of the most popular and challenging art forms of our time. The profusely illustrated book charts the development of ceramics in the modern age, from Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the Bauhaus and Futurism, through Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Performance, to Land Art and Installation Art. There are clear introductions to pioneering techniques, glazes and approaches, in context and in practice, from Orientalism and colour theory to Modernism, Postmodernism and the profuse diversity of the end of the twentieth century. A practising potter and writer of international note, Edmund de Waal examines the increasing cross-fertilization between ceramics and other disciplnes, such as painting, sculpture and architecture, and provides detailed and compelling analysis of individual pieces in context. 21.00 x 15.00 cm Paperback 224pp 178 Illustrations, 77 in colour First published 2003
London
Jewelry from Nature
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
With more than 350 illustrations, Jewelry from Nature is a fresh, sensitive look at natural materials magically transformed by masters of fine jewelry. The vast range of materials is impressive: coral, amber, horn, ivory, shells, pearls, wood, tortoiseshell, and such exotica as feathers, shagreen and bog oak – with origins from all over Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and the Far East. Their beauty often belies their age – amber (65 million years old) and mammoth ivory (10,000 years old). Here, lavishly displayed, are superb works made by the world’s finest jewelers of the past two hundred years. Every major jeweler has created pieces of exceptional beauty, importance and style: Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, JAR, Cartier (their 
Art Deco coral bangles are icons of the period), Tiffany, Boivin, Verdura (whose seashell brooches studded with fine stones have long been collectors’ items), David Webb, Schlumberger, Lalique (whose name enbodies the best in Art Nouveau), Suzanne Belperron and Hermès. Scores of modern designers are also featured (Andrew Grima, John Donald, Noma Copley) as well as artists today such as Patricia Von Musulin, Ted Muehling and Liv Blåvarp, whose exquisite objects show great respect for natural materials. Including masses of information, each chapter explores the inspiration of a different material, with special profiles on designers, themes, or style icons such as Princess Grace of Monaco, Chanel and the Duchess of Windsor. 25.00 x 22.00 cm Hardback 224pp With over 350 colour illustrations First published 2010
London
French Style and Decoration
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
Drawing upon an impressive array of original sources, this profusely illustrated book offers sketches, engravings and printed patterns, representing French interior design and decoration from the Baroque, Rococo, Louis Seize and Empire periods through the 19th century to Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism. Many of the designs have never been seen in published form before, making this sumptuous volume an invaluable treasury of new ideas and inspiration for designers, decorators, restorers and craftsmen. • An unrivalled sourcebook of French design and decoration for designers everywhere. • Reproduces a wealth of artistry and technical ingenuity, including the work of such designers as André-Charles Boulle, Pineau, Meissonier, Percier, Fontaine, Majorelle, Lalique and Ruhlmann. • Runs the gamut of the decorative arts, from Sèvres porcelain, Gobelin tapestries and Baccarat crystal to traditional printed cottons from Provence, silks from Lyons, glass by Gallé and Daum, and furniture and interior design by Guimard and Ruhlmann. 24.20 x 18.10 cm Hardback 248pp With over 600 designs, patterns and settings in colour and black and white First published 2008
London
The Iconic House - Architectural Masterworks Since 1900
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
One hundred of the most important and influential architect-designed houses in the world. See a list of architects whose work appears in 'The Iconic House' See an interview with Dominic Bradbury about the writing of the book With seminal works from such icons as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, as well as modern-day greats including Tadao Ando, Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron, this book presents a stunning array of the past century’s architectural masterpieces. International in scope and wide-ranging in style, the houses share a remarkable sensitivity to site and context, appreciation of materials and local building traditions, and careful integration of clients’ needs. Each, however, has a unique approach that makes it groundbreaking and radical for its time. Every house has a history, and this book tells the often intimate stories of these remarkable buildings and their architects and clients. Concise, informative texts and fresh, vibrant illustrations, including specially commissioned photographs and a wealth of floor plans and drawings, offer detailed documentation, while a bibliography, gazetteer and list of houses by type offer further information. Whether Arts and Crafts or Art Nouveau, Modernist or Minimalist, High-Tech or vernacular, these iconic buildings from around the world and across the decades will inspire and delight students and professionals, design aficionados and anyone who dreams of building a house of their own some day. 28.00 x 26.00 cm Hardback 352pp 638 Illustrations, 559 in colour First published 2009
London
An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration - From Pompeii to Art Nouveau
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
The appeal of this extraordinary book lies in its obsession with the details of the domestic interior, borne out in a wonderfully rich collection of pictures. These charming paintings and water-colours, mostly dating from 1770 to 1860 and coming from all over Europe, Russia and America, record with faithful accuracy the shape of a room, the pattern of a carpet, the furniture, pictures, fabrics and wall coverings, the hang of the curtains. The pictures find their place in a complete survey of domestic – and some more palatial – interiors portrayed in art from the ancient world to the late 19th century, and including works by Vermeer, Hogarth, Dürer, Degas and Vuillard. The text goes beyond scholarly commentary to present an evolving picture of men and women in relation to domestic surroundings, full of human interest, wit and wide-ranging cultural references. 30.30 x 23.00 cm Hardback 396pp 400 Illustrations, 64 in colour First published 1982
London
Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors - From the Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
The furniture designs of William Morris, C. R. Ashbee and Charles Rennie Mackintosh are even more popular today than in their own lifetimes. The work of other figures, such as William Burges and Christopher Dresser is also being avidly collected. Jeremy Cooper’s survey contains an astonishing range of photographs and drawings: nearly 700 illustrations offer a uniquely comprehensive coverage of nineteenth-century furniture. Every major designer is represented, and the choice of pictures includes little-known pieces from private collections. Rare contemporary photographs of Victorian and Edwardian interiors show how the furniture formed part of complete decorative ensembles. Extensive commentaries on the illustrations and detailed text provide the essential background – wherever possible using the actual words of the designers, architects and critics themselves. 29.90 x 21.70 cm Paperback with flaps 256pp 683 Illustrations, 74 in colour First published 1998
London
Japonisme - The Japanese Influence on Western Art Since1858
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
The impact of Japan on Western art was as immediate and almost as cataclysmic as the influence of the West on Japanese life. After Commodore Perry opened Japan’s door to the outside world in 1858, a wealth of visual information from the superb Japanese traditions of ceramics, metalwork, architecture, print-making and painting reached the West and brought with it electrifying new ideas of composition, colour and design. One has only to see a celebrated painting by Monet, Degas or Van Gogh, a print by Lautrec or Vallotton, an Art Nouveau glass vase or a lacquered hair comb side by side with its Japanese source to see how these ideas have inspired European artists. Japanese conventions of symbolism underlie the use of decorative motifs in European Symbolism and Art Nouveau, and the Zen idea of spontaneity is the ultimate source of both the apparently capricious shapes of Art Nouveau ware and the development of an abstract ‘calligraphy’ in Abstract Expressionism. 30.00 x 26.40 cm Paperback with flaps 432pp 1105 Illustrations, 243 in colour First published 1999
London
Munich - Its Golden Age of Art and Culture 1890 - 1920
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
Packed with evocative illustrations, this book is a dazzling kaleidoscope of a vibrant city at its cultural peak. As the 20th century dawned, the city of Munich found itself at a high point in its cultural history. Capital of Bavaria, but often seen as provincial and parochial, it reinvented itself as a treasure house of art. Its proud promotion of its own artists and thinkers created a cultural impetus that drew in creative minds from across Germany and beyond, turning the city into a magnet for the esoteric and the avant-garde. Buzzing with a seething life of festivals and carnivals, theatres and cabarets, Munich became a haven and an inspiration to many: artists such as Paul Klee, Giorgio de Chirico and Marcel Duchamp, writers such as Thomas Mann and Stefan George, and political figures such as Lenin and Trotsky, spent time there. A succession of movements and breakaway groups took the limelight, from the innovative Munich Secession to the bold colours and expressive harmonies of Der Blaue Reiter: Kandinsky, Marc and Macke. This was also the birthplace of Jugendstil, the German version of Art Nouveau. The work of designers such as Peter Behrens, Hermann Obrist and Richard Riemerschmid became the very embodiment of Jugendstil’s whiplash curves and elegant ornamentation. 24.00 x 16.30 cm Hardback 376pp 466 Illustrations, 387 in colour First published 2009
London
Textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte 1910-1932
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
For designers, decorators or anyone simply in search of visual inspiration, this book is a goldmine and a fitting tribute to a period of astonishing creativity. A wealth of reproductions, many in colour, are supplemented by an exhaustive catalogue and artist biographies, as well as contemporary photographs of the textiles’ uses in fashion and interior decoration. The textile patterns and prints of the Wiener Werkstätte were among the most popular and successful designs of the early twentieth century, reflecting both the tastes of Viennese high society and the general trend towards artistic abstraction. Textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte 1910–32 presents selections from the original gouache drawings, pattern books and about 20,000 samples now in the collection of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna – a truly remarkable archive of most of the over 1,800 recorded fabric designs. These range from the early naturalistic motifs of Art Nouveau to the later geometric designs associated with Art Deco. Angela Völker’s text gives accounts of a range of topics, including the designs by Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann for Backhausen and Söhne before the foundation of the textile department in about 1910, methods of production, sales policy, customers and end use. 28.00 x 20.70 cm Paperback with flaps 256pp 417 Illustrations, 306 in colour First published 2004
London
Scottish Art
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
What makes Scottish art Scottish? The lasting influence of Celtic masterpieces recur throughout the centuries, not least in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Scottish Art Nouveau, but at a deeper level an idea of Scottish art emerges in depictions of its dramatic landscape, its wars and conflicts, hardships, the heroes of Scottish history, the great figures of literature and philosophy, and its connection with France, from medieval times almost to the present. All these factors form the character of Scottish art which is rich at the same time in distinctive personalities and individual genius, from Henry Raeburn and Allan Ramsay, the two great portraitists of the Scottish enlightenment, to artists working today like pioneering pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi and novelist and illustrator Alasdair Gray. 21.00 x 15.00 cm Paperback 224pp 183 Illustrations, 55 in colour First published 2000
London
Modern Art Impressionism to Post-Modernism
Dates:01/01/2050-01/01/2999
This concise and authoritative introduction covers every major development in the visual arts since 1900. The informed and informative texts, written by a team of distinguished art historians, are up-to-date in approach whilst remaining intelligible to all, and are supplemented by chronologies and select bibliographies. Anyone seeking a gallery of the masterpieces of 20th-century art, together with deft overviews of the period, will find no better single volume. Contents Preface David Britt Impressionism Bernard Denvir Symbolism and Art Nouveau Alastair Mackintosh Fauvism and Expressionism Bernard Denvir Cubism, Futurism and Constructivism J. M. Nash Dada and Surrealism Dawn Ades Abstract Expressionism Anthony Everitt Pop Simon Wilson Pluralism since 1960 Marco Livingstone 25.50 x 22.00 cm PLC (no jacket) 416pp With over 400 illustrations in colour and black and white First published 2007

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