The Rose Window
Splendor and Symbol
‘The most spectacular of all the creations of the Gothic era’, the rose window still has the power to transfix 21st-century tourists in cathedrals such a Notre-Dame, Strasbourg or York Minster. In this magnificent study, with photographs of almost 300 roses, Cowen takes a chronological approach, exploring the origins and evolution of the form up to the present day, while letting ‘each window speak for itself’. Other chapters discuss the iconography, glazing, geometry and construction of rose windows, and the book concludes with a gazetteer.
The Big Book of Candles
Over 40 Step-by-Step Candlemaking Projects
After listing essential materials and equipment, this illustrated guide presents 40 projects for novice and experienced crafters. There are classic column and container candles, and designs that use more advanced techniques such as hand-dipping and incising, all with clear, step-by-step instructions and colour photographs.
Takarabukuro (Treasure Bag)
In 1974, Raymond Bushell, a passionate netsuke collector, obtained a copy of the notebook in which Mitsuhiro Ohara (1810–75), a great practitioner of that art, set down detailed descriptions of each of his creations. The translation he commissioned is printed alongside the Japanese original in this exquisitely bound book, along with colour photographs of 20 of Mitsuhiro’s magical creations and an account of his life and work.
Carving Japanese Netsuke for Beginners
Netsuke were originally toggles carved into the shape of animals, symbols or masks, which were attached to a kimono. With details of tools and materials required, this guide explains carving techniques step by step and includes 23 projects suitable for a beginner.
The Art of Carving Netsuke
Incorporating a history of Netsuke and a gallery of examples, the skills and tools you’ll need to get started and some basic techniques, Benson details nine projects to tackle, with colour photographs and step-by-step instructions, from the simple dormouse to the more demanding monkey pot.
The Bowles Collection of 18th-Century English and French Porcelain
With the gift of the Bowles Collection of 18th-century porcelains, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco became one of America's leading centres for the study of fine European ceramics. This lavishly illustrated catalogue of the collection describes 182 pieces, arranged in sections on the Chelsea, Bow, Longton Hall, Worcester and Chantilly factories, and revealing the collectors' particular enthusiasm for red anchor Chelsea botanical plates and porcelain modelled in fruit, vegetable and animal forms. Slightly off-mint.