The Collection of the Museum für Lackkunst
The collection of Russian lacquer held by the Museum für Lackkunst in Münster is the most significant of its kind outside Russia. Following an essay on the development of Russian lacquerwork, this illustrated catalogue introduces the items in the Museum’s collection, from the snuffboxes produced in the early nineteenth century, through the innovations of the Lukutin manufactory, to the Palekh school that emerged in the 1920s.
Korean Lacquer Art
Aesthetic Perfection: 28 October 2012 to 27 January 2013
While Korean lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay has been highly esteemed for centuries, it was not until 2012 that an exhibition focusing on the artform was held in the West. Produced to accompany the exhibition, this catalogue illustrates objects ranging from a twelfth-century box for prayer beads to late nineteenth-century cabinets, tables and gameboards, with essays explaining the development of the technique.
Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau
Clifford S Ackley, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presents a collection of 117 Dutch works on paper from the highly creative period between 1890 and the early 1920s. It was the era of Nieuwe Kunst or ‘New Art’, and these prints, watercolours and drawings reveal, in Ackley’s view, a significant early stage in the emergence of modernism.
Louis Comfort Tiffany
Masterpieces of Art
A key figure in the Art Nouveau movement, Tiffany (1848–1933) is best known today for his glasswork but also worked with ceramics, metal and enamel. Following an introduction to his career, this title from the Masterpieces of Art series focuses on his windows, lampshades and the decorative pieces that exemplify his bold use of colour, illustrating them with over 90 full-page reproductions.
Focused on the inter-war years, this is a concise account of how artists and designers responded to technology, modernization and the violence of war by committing themselves to creating a better world through art. Originally accompanying the V&A exhibition ‘Modernism: Designing a New World 1914–1939' and illustrated with photographs of almost 100 exhibits, the book covers Modernist movements such as Bauhaus and International style and their work in art, design and architecture.
Anarchy and Beauty
William Morris and His Legacy 1860–1960
A firm believer that objects of beauty should be available to everyone, William Morris (1834–96) influenced British socialism, the Arts and Crafts movement and the development of garden cities. In this illustrated book Fiona MacCarthy explores his vision of art’s role in society, from his early career and political thoughts to the publication of his utopian novel News from Nowhere in 1890, and the reflection of his values in the 1951 Festival of Britain.
How Traditional Crafts Are About More than Just Making
When it first appeared in Old English, 'cræft' signified a sense of knowledge, wisdom and resourcefulness. Using our collective nostalgia for authentic objects produced by human hands as a starting point, the archaeologist and broadcaster Alexander Langlands interweaves historical research, scientific analysis and personal anecdotes. He attempts to recover the lost meaning of the word, stressing the importance of passing on traditions from one generation to the next.
A Miscellany of Letters
Originally deriving from pictograms, letter forms have been developed, refined and adapted for myriad uses, from a simple clear typeface for advertising to a decorated animal alphabet for children. This highly illustrated exploration of the history and use of letters begins with an essay detailing the development of the Western alphabet and then, using each letter as a starting point, explores how it has been creatively employed by artists, designers, typographers and publishers.
Art in Living Craftsmanship
To mark its 80th anniversary in 2017, the Georgian Group organized an exhibition celebrating the craftspeople who maintain key buildings and landscapes. This catalogue presents the 115 exhibitors, all of whom employ time-honoured working methods, and examines the relationship between the national charity and traditional British craftsmanship.
French Art Deco
The widely influential Art Deco style perhaps attained its highest expression in France, where the term was coined in the 1920s. With background essays, profiles of the leading artists and large-format photographs, this exhibition catalogue examines over 80 masterpieces from the collection held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Examples include furniture, textiles, interiors and decorative objects by French-based designers such as René Lalique, Jean Dunand, Raoul Dufy and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
Japanned Papier Mâché and Tinware
Japanese lacquer-work was in high demand in 17th-century England, but following difficulties sourcing wares from Japan, English craftsmen began imitating the style, creating a ‘japanning’ industry, which thrived in the 18th and 19th centuries. This is the most comprehensive guide available on the subject; it includes many photographic examples of japanning, detailing its origins, techniques used and life for workers in the industry, with specific chapters on craftsmen in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Bilston.
The Essence of English Decoration
Arthur Sanderson set up as an importer of French wallpaper in London in 1860, but changing tastes and new technologies meant that he was soon producing his own designs and establishing a name that still stands for quality and taste in interior design today. This highly illustrated volume describes the development of the company and its products from the Arts and Crafts style of its early wallpapers to mid-20th-century, modernist-influenced designs and today's interpretations of classic patterns. Slightly off-mint.
The Knitter's Handbook
Over 90 Stitches and Techniques Explained
For new knitters who want to learn the basics, or experienced knitters wanting to try more complex patterns, this practical book provides clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations for more than 90 stitches and techniques. Beginning with an introduction to yarns, equipment and casting on and off, the guide has chapters on following a pattern, special textures, knitting in the round, colour work and embellishments and advanced techniques. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.