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.
The Youngman Collection
The Chinese have revered the mystery and magic of jade since antiquity. This authoritative, beautifully illustrated book draws on the author’s unparalleled collection to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date survey of 6000 years of jade carving. Part one features early jades (7000 BCE to 220 CE); Part two features carvings of flora, fauna and the human figure; Part three covers personal adornments, scholars’ objects and vessels.
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.
Joseph Kishere and the Mortlake Potteries
The innovative Mortlake potters introduced new shapes and motifs, in particular the sprigged hunting jug, with its contrasting dark brown and buff body, which remained highly popular throughout the 19th century. This illustrated study focuses on the working life of Joseph Kishere, from his apprenticeship at Sanders' Mortlake pottery to the foundation of his own potworks in 1797. As the story unfolds, it traces the history of both enterprises, their owners, their families and the Thames-side village in which they lived.