Design and the Decorative Arts: Britain 1500-1900

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"This book tells the story of design and the decorative arts in Britain over 400 from the Tudors to the reign of Queen Victoria. It is the story of a remarkable transformation that embraced the decorative arts in all their rich diversity, from furniture to fabrics and from prints to porcelain. In 1500, at the end of the Middle Ages, Britain played a peripheral role in the affairs of Europe. It was beautiful things created in the workshops of Venice and Florence, of Antwerp and Paris that were coveted throughout western Europe, not those made in
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London, England 2001 Hard cover First edition. New in new dust jacket. 488 p. Color illustrations. Heavy Book (6 1/2 lbs.). Requires extra postage. Published to coincide with ... the opening of the Victoria and Albert Museum's new British Galleries 1500-1900. Read more Show Less

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"This book tells the story of design and the decorative arts in Britain over 400 from the Tudors to the reign of Queen Victoria. It is the story of a remarkable transformation that embraced the decorative arts in all their rich diversity, from furniture to fabrics and from prints to porcelain. In 1500, at the end of the Middle Ages, Britain played a peripheral role in the affairs of Europe. It was beautiful things created in the workshops of Venice and Florence, of Antwerp and Paris that were coveted throughout western Europe, not those made in London or Edinburgh. The range of high-design objects made in Britain was limited. British craftspeople lacked skills and there was heavy dependence on the expertise of foreigners. Four centuries later, in the reign of Queen Victoria, all this had changed. Britain had become the workshop of the world. Its queen ruled an empire that embraced a fifth of the earth's land surface and a quarter of its people. London was rivalled only by Paris as a focus for international interest in design and the decorative arts. By the nineteenth century, British design was widely admired and copied. Its products could be found right across the globe, from palaces and stately homes to the living rooms of ordinary people." "The book is divided into three sections, each dealing with a different stage in this great transformation: Tudor and Stuart, 1500-1714; Georgian, 1714-1837; Victorian, 1837-1901. These sections explore design and the decorative arts from a number of points of view. They examine style, the question of how things looked. They ask who led taste - who decided what was to be considered beautiful, fashionable and desirable. They look at how fashionable things - from household goods to clothing - were used in daily life. They ask what was new, examining new products and the impact of innovation on design. Together, the chapters provide a fascinating picture of four centuries that saw Britain's international artistic reputation t
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This abundantly illustrated book offers a fascinating history of the evolution of British design over four centuries. Efforts by the Victoria & Albert Museum to clarify and substantiate the importance of decorative arts have culminated in the opening of its new British Galleries. Snodin (department of prints, drawings, and paintings, V&A) and Styles (head of postgraduate studies, V&A) have produced this accompanying catalog, the definitive work on the evolution of British design. Divided into three historical sections Tudor, Georgian, and Victorian the book deals with those objects that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, reflecting the needs and tastes of the time, as well as the social and historical processes that took place in their creation. Covering every topic from the decorated halls of Hampton Court Palace to Wedgwood china to fashion magazines, this is, perhaps, the most complete resource in the field. Drawing upon the splendid design resources of the V&A, the authors have done a great service to the study of artistry and innovation of design. They also offer the reader an elegant look at the role of changing tastes and technology in the objects of everyday life. Highly recommended. Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810965867
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 1.87 (d)

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