JEREMY COOPER    Book Number: 84233    Product format: Paperback

The furniture designs of the greats of the period such as William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh are even more popular today than they were in their creators' lifetimes. Figures such as William Burges and Christopher Dresser, once regarded as eccentric outsiders, are now accepted as major designers and their work is avidly collected, fetching huge sums at auctions around the world. This sumptuous Thames and Hudson survey of this rich and rewarding chapter in the history of the decorative arts includes an astonishing array of photos and drawings (683 total, 74 in colour) offering uniquely comprehensive coverage of its subject, from the Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau. Every major designer such as Pugin is extensively represented and so are many of the less well-known and Jeremy Cooper has excelled himself in his research, with photos of little-known pieces from private collections and some invaluable rare contemporary photos of Victorian and Edwardian interiors, showing how the furniture looked when in use as part of an entire decorative ensemble. These photos include not just the grand drawing rooms and libraries of the well-heeled, but show the pride that more ordinary folk took in their homes. Chapter One, "A Matter of Style" sets the different styles and movements in the context of the period and relates them to new materials and working techniques. Other chapters include Geometric, Gothic, From 'Nankin' to Bedford Park, Morris and Company, The Arts and Crafts Movement, The 'New Art', and Heal's and Liberty's. Cooper has wherever possible used the actual words of the designers, architects and contemporary critics themselves, lending a delightful immediacy to his text. That text provides full background of the designers, their patrons and the pieces and his commentaries on each illustrated item are superlative. Gazetter of public collections and location of illustrated furniture. 256pp softback, 8¾"×11¾". US edition.
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ISBN 9780500280225
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