A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Dolls
Dating back to pre-Ancient Egyptian times, the earliest surviving dolls were probably religious idols, rather than children’s playthings. This highly illustrated history examines materials used in doll-making and includes sections on doll’s houses, puppets and teddy bears. There are examples from Persia, Pakistan and Brazil, alongside the 19th-century child-pleasing French ‘bébé’ that could cry or drink from a bottle, and the rival German doll that could whistle when pressed.
The St Albans Psalter
An Anglo-Norman Song of Faith
Generally regarded as the earliest surviving masterpiece of Anglo-Norman painting, the St Albans Psalter (c.1125–1135) includes over 200 historiated initials. This study focuses on the initials, examining their relationship to the text and their sources, design and encoded messages.
Festival of Britain
Held on the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain was a celebration of the end of post-war austerity and a showcase for British arts, science and trade for the future. This book examines the objects and printed ephemera produced to commemorate the Festival and includes work by major designers, including Abram Games’s Festival emblem and Lewitt-Him’s Guinness Clock in the Battersea Park Pleasure Gardens.
The Persian Carpet
A Survey of the Carpet-Weaving Industry of Persia
A Cecil Edwards, who worked in the Persian carpet industry for over 50 years, expertly describes the history of the craft, shares invaluable knowledge about the colours, designs, symbols and techniques used, and indicates how to purchase rugs of quality. With over 400 mainly black-and-white photographs and images, this guide, first published in 1953, is still considered essential by those involved in the industry, and remains a fascinating read for anyone new to the subject.
British Ceramics 1675–1825
The Mint Museum is located in North Carolina, but its Delhom collection includes early British stoneware, earthenware and 18th-century porcelain. The 200 pieces in this publication have been selected for their particular qualities, catalogued with detailed descriptions alongside colour photographs and categorized by production material. As well as a wide range of tableware, with examples of cauliflower ware, more unusual pieces include ceramic busts of famous 18th-century faces, figurines, pickle stands, potpourri vases, candlesticks and a wall pocket.
The British Tradition
An essential guide for collectors of oak furniture, this new edition (first published in 1979) incorporates additional colour photographs and improved quality black-and-white originals. The text remains the same, featuring a short background history, practical contexts, detailed consideration of the changing language used to describe furniture, and style, from a 13th-century chest to a late-19th-century armchair. A pictorial index including all items illustrated in the main text assists readers with dating and identification of pieces.
The Uniform Coinage of India 1835 to 1947
A Catalogue and Pricelist
After an introduction sketching the situation in India that led to the standardization of the coinage in 1835, this catalogue provides an authoritative guide to the coins, arranged in descending denominations, under each ruler from William IV to George VI. The very detailed and clearly laid out entries include a wealth of detail as well as technical data, mintage numbers, actual sizes and photographs of each type of coin.
Seventeenth Century Tokens of the British Isles and Their Values
First published in 1986 and recently reprinted, this catalogue lists all known major types of the 17th-century series of token coinage issued in the British Isles between 1648 and 1679. The tokens were round, or sometimes octagonal or heart shaped, and mostly struck in copper or brass in denominations of farthings and half pennies. They offer an insight into life and trade, personal circumstances and local history in the third quarter of the 17th century.
Identifying Roman Coins
A Practical Guide to the Identification of Site Finds in Britain
Focusing on the coins most commonly found in Britain, from the first to the late fourth century CE, this visual recognition guide teaches the practical skills required to identify Roman coin types. It enables collectors to confirm whether a coin is Roman and what metal it is made from, before using the line drawings to pinpoint its date and place of origin. First published in 1986. Second edition.
Coinage in the Greek World
Coins can provide valuable information about social, economic and political life in ancient Greece and this introductory survey focuses on their circulation and use as it traces the development of the Greek coinage from its introduction in the 7th century BCE to the late Hellenistic period. Photographs of over 300 coins illustrate types from across the Greek world. First published in 1988.
Medal Yearbook 2018
The Independent Price Guide and Collector's Handbook
This 24th edition of the Medal Yearbook is an invaluable reference for collectors, giving details of prices, auctioneers, dealers and specialist booksellers as well as detailed, illustrated entries on hundreds of medals, from the Order of the Garter to the Dickin medal for bravery by birds and animals. The main listings are indexed and there is also a cumulative index to the journal Medal News. For 2018, due to costs, the Yearbook does not cover Commonwealth medals.
British Silver Boxes 1640–1840
The Lion Collection
The earliest of the decorative silver boxes in the Lion Collection, dating from the mid 17th century, were made to contain tobacco, but by the mid 18th century changing fashions meant that snuff was usually favoured. Often carrying coats of arms, inscriptions and exquisite decorative work, the 278 examples photographed and described in this book are arranged chronologically, demonstrating the history and development of British silver boxes up to the mid 19th century.
The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles
After smoking was prohibited in the 17th century, the Chinese began using snuff as medicine, producing special bottles for its storage. Highly collectable items today, this book explains their allure, with chapters on materials used – glass, jade, quartz – and the motifs and painting styles that decorate some exteriors. Including many photographic examples that reveal the variety of designs (no two bottles are quite the same), Stevens reserves his own favourites for the final chapter. Slipcased.
The Medieval Book and a Modern Collector
Essays in Honour of Toshiyuki Takamiya
These 40 essays in honour of Professor Takamiya’s 60th birthday reflect his research interests in medieval manuscripts and early printed books, Arthurian literature, and 19th- and 20th-century medievalism. The collection starts with a memoir of the professor’s time in Cambridge by Derek Brewer and the essay subjects include works by Dante, Chaucer, Gower, Nicholas Love, Sir Thomas Malory, John Hardyng and Tolkien.
Jewels from Imperial St Petersburg
Soon after St Petersburg was established in 1703, jewellers began setting up workshops, and the art flourished further under the reigns of successive queens later that century. In this highly illustrated and informative volume, the author, herself born into a family of St Petersburg goldsmiths, uses letters, portraits, diaries, anecdotes and personal documents to trace the history of individual brooches, bracelets, rings and other items of jewellery – items that often passed through generations of the same families.
Published by Sam Fogg, the renowned gallery dealing in ancient and medieval artefacts and texts, this catalogue describes 86 Chinese books ranging in date from the 1st to the 19th centuries and divided into sections of manuscripts from Dunhuang, sacred texts, works of literature and history, science, illustrated books and two books from Korea. Each work is represented by one or more reproductions of pages, together with descriptive details and a scholarly commentary.
The Art of Worcester Porcelain, 1751–1788
Masterpieces from the British Museum Collection
Written by curator Aileen Dawson, this comprehensive volume focuses on the British Museum’s Worcester porcelain collection. Made with a ‘hard paste’, Worcester porcelain was more durable than other contemporary wares, and particularly suited the brewing of tea – a custom rising in popularity during the 18th century. In this guide, 101 exhibits are clearly photographed and itemized and many – cups, mugs, sugar bowls, a tea pot – are tea-related, though the collection also features vases, figurines, a punchbowl and a wine cooler.
Swords and Hilt Weapons
As early as 5000 BCE, highly refined flint-knapping techniques enabled the production of sophisticated daggers, but routine use of such bladed weapons for fighting did not come until the production of bronze, and then iron, had been perfected. This illustrated survey considers the history of sword-making in Africa, Central America, China, Central Asia and Indonesia as well as exploring the more celebrated traditions of Europe, Japan and Islamic culture, from the ancient civilizations to the Second World War.
The Sacramentary of Ratoldus
(Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 12052)
Supervised by Ratoldus, Abbot of Corbie (ca.972–986) this manuscript is a complex work drawing on a range of liturgical sources, and a rare example of a combined sacramentary and pontifical. With substantial introduction, collation tables and indexes.
20th-Century Design for Contemporary LIving
More and more people are turning away from bland flatpack furniture in favour of 20th-century design classics that combine traditional craftsmanship with strikingly modern style. Lavishly illustrated in colour throughout, this collector’s guide charts the key movements, from art deco through mid-century modern and pop art to postmodernism, and explains how to select vintage pieces and integrate them stylishly into a modern home. The book includes a directory of designers and manufacturers, and a list of suppliers.
Watercraft on World Coins (Vol 2)
America and Asia, 1800–2008
This volume is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the Americas and the second with Asia. The entries include a 1920 US half-dollar commemorating the tercentenary of the Mayflower, a 1995 Cuban series celebrating pirates of the Caribbean, and a five-yuan piece honouring the medieval Chinese admiral Zhen He.
Going for Gold
Craftsmanship and Collecting of Gold Boxes
Generally adopted by the elite, the fashion for taking snuff in the 18th and 19th centuries required users to carry their tobacco around in pocket boxes. These became status objects wrought in gold and richly ornamented by the finest craftsmen. With reference to the collection held at the V&A and examples in private hands, this illustrated volume examines the art of the gold box in Europe, the development of different decorative techniques and the history of gold-box collecting.
English Silver, 1760–1840
The second half of the 18th century saw a revival of the use of classical Greek and Roman shapes and decoration in architecture and in the design of furniture, ceramics and silver. Christopher Hartop’s The Classical Ideal is a richly illustrated catalogue of an exhibition of over 110 exceptional pieces of neo-classical silver at Koopman Rare Art’s London gallery. It is accompanied by another catalogue illustrating and describing 36 items of fine silver that were for sale in 2010. Slipcased.
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells
The Best of Early Vanity Fair
In the course of its 100-year history, Vanity Fair magazine has been a synonym for intelligence, wit and stylish writing, and its contributors have included some of the greatest names in world literature. This selection from its early issues includes F Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, DH Lawrence on women, Aldous Huxley on ‘What exactly is modern?’ and Dorothy Parker on peak, waspish form.
Judaea and Rome in Coins 65 BCE-135 CE
Papers Presented at the International Conference Hosted by Spink, 13th-14th September 2010
This volume comprises 14 papers presented at a 2010 conference on recent advances in numismatic scholarship relating to the period from the conquest of Judaea to the last major Jewish uprising against Roman rule. The contributors draw on evidence from many new coin finds in the region to shed light on such subjects as the Roman influence on local coinage, Hadrian’s characterization as a second Nero and the use of Jewish emblems and Hebrew slogans.
Nonconformist Communion Plate
and Other Vessels
This volume focuses on communion plate that was either briefly referred to or escaped mention in the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting Houses (1986–2002) by Christopher Stell. Here, Stell presents an inventory of English Nonconformist plate, arranged by counties and civil parishes, together with a substantial, illustrated introduction and a bibliography.
Merrythought Teddy Bears
Merrythought is Britain's longest-established teddy-bear maker and its threatened closure in 2006 sparked a national outcry. This delightful book charts the Shropshire firm's history, complete with teddy-bear timeline, and illustrates many of its much-loved products. It offers advice on care and cleaning, how to date a teddy and how to spot fakes, and provides a list of stockists. Engaging and well- informed, it is a charming celebration of what Gyles Brandreth describes in his introduction as 'the world's favourite soft toy'.
What's in Your Attic?
Jonty Hearnden, of Antiques Roadshow and Cash in the Attic fame, and a group of 18 experts show how to spot the antiques and collectables languishing in your house. Beginning with furniture and covering categories such as pictures, ceramics, glass, clocks and watches, jewellery, books and even modern technology, the illustrated guide explains what to look for, shows examples from various periods and gives a rough guide to values. Slightly off-mint.
Masterpieces of World Ceramics
In the Victoria and Albert Museum
The ceramics collections at the V&A are unrivalled in their range, diversity and global reach. Featuring 120 masterpieces, this beautiful book traces developments in world ceramics from ancient times to the present, and shows how worldwide trade and cultural interchange have shaped their histories. Outstanding new photographs reveal an array of stunning pieces, from dramatic Chinese funerary sculpture to exquisitely painted Italian Renaissance pottery and boldly modernist wares.
Postcards of Lost Royals
Beginning with a photograph of the future Edward VIII posing with his great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, this intriguing collection of postcards tells the stories of royals who lost their thrones – and sometimes, like Tsar Nicholas II and Maximilian I of Mexico, their lives – through revolution, war, the abolition of monarchies or abdication during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of a series surveying 20th century history, political iconography and propaganda through contemporary images, these 50 postcards are reproduced, with short commentaries, from originals in the John Fraser Collection at the Bodleian Library.
Treasures of the Habsburgs
The Kunstkammer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The House of Habsburg was one of the wealthiest and most powerful dynasties in Europe, and many of its members were great patrons and collectors of art. This stunning book, with more than 300 colour photographs, presents about 150 examples of the Kunstkammer – or cabinet of curiosities – where wonders of art, science and nature were brought together, ranging from pieces of sculpture and metalwork to exotic objects fashioned from ostrich eggs, nautilus shells, rhinoceros horns and sharks' teeth.
Try It! Buy It!
Drawn from the unrivalled collection of the British Library, this collection of over 200 newspaper, magazine and poster advertisements, dating from the 1880s to the 1920s, celebrates the art and imagination of advertisers selling everything from Crane's liver pills and Scrubb's Ammonia ('try it in your bath') to ocean cruises. Among the long-forgotten embrocations and gas valves are brands that are with us still – among them, Pears' Soap, Marmite, Guinness and Bird's Custard ('makes children sturdy!').
Need to Know?
This is a handy guide to interpreting the marks that are crucial in assessing antiques. It includes the hallmarks on British gold, silver and platinum; the gold and silver of America, Africa and Asia; and marks on Old Sheffield Plate and pewter. A second section includes marks on pottery and porcelain from Britain, Europe and the Far East. Thousands of images support the text.
A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps
From the world's first postage stamp, the 1840 Penny Black, to the First Class stamp 2012, Chris West's selection of 36 stamps – 'some beautiful, some quirky, some baffling, some stained with blood' – are the inspiration for his idiosyncratic and entertaining history of Britain. Among his collection are the 1881 Penny Lilac (33 billion printed); the first decimal set (1971); and a single foreign stamp telling a story of reparations and hyperinflation: a 1923 German 200 mark stamp, overprinted 2 million.
Palestine and Egypt Under the Ottomans
Paintings, Books, Photographs, Maps and Manuscripts
After Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798, Western artists and archaeologists flocked to the region to record its wonders. This catalogue of the author's own remarkable collection of art and printed works spans the entire 400 years of Ottoman rule, and includes rare works by David Wilkie, Edward Lear and David Roberts. Featuring hundreds of images in full colour, it offers an unequalled glimpse of topography, villages, buildings and customs, many of which have now disappeared or changed beyond recognition.
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Volume VII: The Raby and Güterbock Collections
Listing and illustrating almost 1,500 coins, this is a catalogue of the outstanding collections in the Manchester University Museum; the first given to the Museum by Alfred Güterbock in 1916; the second the bequest of Harold Raby (1866–1958). No jacket.
Nothing adds more character to even the smallest room than an oriental rug, but their sheer variety can often deter the inexperienced buyer. This practical, down-to-earth guide for the layperson shows how to identify a rug by its patterns, colours and weaving technique. Illustrated in colour and organized by region of origin, from Turkey via Iran and Afghanistan to Central Asia, it also includes advice on buying at auction, care and maintenance, and a colour analysis chart.
The Mirror of Salvation
An Edition of British Library Blockbook G.11784
Speculum Humanae Salvationis ('The Mirror of Salvation') is a blockbook dating from 1470, with 116 woodcut illustrations, each accompanied by a Latin caption and commentary. It was intended for use as a sourcebook and reference for sermons and religious instruction. The illustrations are reproduced here with translations of their commentaries, followed by Labriola and Smeltz's detailed interpretations, providing valuable information and insights into the interaction of visual and verbal elements in medieval religious works.
A Private Collection
The jewellery photographed for this magnificent book is the collection belonging to the women of one Russian family, with pieces ranging from traditional Azerbaijani earrings owned by the present collector's grandmother in the late 19th century to modern pieces by jewellers such as Cartier and Bulgari. Although there are breathtaking precious stones, not all the pieces are very valuable; beauty has been the collectors' criterion. The book is handsomely bound, with gilt-edged pages, a silk marker and slipcase. Off-mint.
International Combat Dress 1940–2010
Although the British had adopted khaki uniforms by 1914, French troops still sported blue coats and red trousers at the outbreak of the First World War. By the time of the Second World War, all combatant nations issued battledress featuring camouflage patterning of some sort. This review of combat uniform design illustrates garments used across the world since 1940 and explains how the colours, patterns and other design features have been adapted to different climates, environments and operational requirements.
Postcards from Utopia
The Art of Political Propaganda
Lenin working alongside subbotnik 'volunteers', Hitler in the shining armour of a Teutonic knight, a young girl soldier armed with the Thoughts of Chairman Mao during China's Cultural Revolution: through images such as these – creative artworks rather than the reality of photographs – communists and fascists marketed their visions of the perfect state. Part of series surveying 20th century history, political iconography and propaganda through contemporary images, these 50 postcards are reproduced, with short commentaries, from originals in the John Fraser Collection at the Bodleian Library.