HANDMADE IN BRITAIN


HANDMADE IN BRITAIN

JOANNA NORMAN    Book Number: 85346    Product format: Hardback

Published to accompany the television series of the same name, a result of a partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the BBC, this is a look at both historical and contemporary craftsmanship, focussing on the relationship between the two. Each chapter covers a different craft; Stained Glass, Metalwork, Ceramics, Fabric and Wood, concentrating on the useful, attractive objects that have played a role in our daily lives as opposed to the fine arts of sculpture and painting. The author explains that, while silk was the preserve of the wealthiest sectors of British society, wool was the most ubiquitous fibre. 'From the fourteenth century right up to the seventeenth, wool and woollen cloth were the most significant British exports and the chief source of the country's income...The wealth generated by the wool trade was made manifest in the commissions of newly rich wool merchants and town guilds for parish churches, such as stained glass windows.' Regarding medieval domestic wood ware, very little is now to be found and although we are fortunate to have significantly more church woodwork than many European countries, iconoclastic destruction means that only a fraction survives today. Chests, beds and chairs were the most important pieces of wooden furniture, often made from oak. The Great Bed of Ware, twice the size of a normal bed, is typical of the decoration and form (though not the size) of a late 16th century bed. It was probably intended as a curiosity to attract customers to an inn in Ware. Packed with wonderful illustrations, such as a beautiful, delicately embroidered silk Mantua dating from 1740-45, a magnificent stained glass window in Coventry Cathedral, a Thomas Toft mermaid dish and an intricate Celtic wrought iron firedog, each chapter also features an interview with a modern craftsperson. Masses of historical engravings like The Tea-Table, photos of mirrors, candle stands etc. Focusses on the years 1500-1900, a revelation of the techniques, developments and innovations for each discipline and the broader story of the upper and middle levels of society. Huguenots silk-weaving, glassworks at Crutched Friars in London influenced by Venetian glass, here is the story of handmaking in Britain. 204pp. 8¾" x 11". Colour illus.
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ISBN 9781851777082
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