Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia

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Compiled by an international team of over 40 distinguished consultants and writers, Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia is the "bible" of the antiques world. No other book covers the subject with unmatched breadth, depth, and authority: it explains materials, marks, and techniques; provides clues to identification and dating; and offers hints on what to consider when examining antiques. That's why contemporary collectors, dealers, and auctioneers continue to need this outstanding and accessible resource on everything...
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Overview


Compiled by an international team of over 40 distinguished consultants and writers, Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia is the "bible" of the antiques world. No other book covers the subject with unmatched breadth, depth, and authority: it explains materials, marks, and techniques; provides clues to identification and dating; and offers hints on what to consider when examining antiques. That's why contemporary collectors, dealers, and auctioneers continue to need this outstanding and accessible resource on everything from ancient Chinese ceramics to Art Deco sculpture, 18th century chairs to 20th century Barbie dolls, and Native American rugs to toy robots. It showcases examples from across the world, giving an international perspective on antiques and the history of design. And new sections on Mid-Century Modern and Postmodern work make this the must-have, expert-authenticated guide to the subject.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/01/2013
With numerous well-respected publications on antiques and many decades of experience in the field, Miller (Miller's Antiques Price Guide) is no doubt an expert on the subject. This work is accessible while providing in-depth information. The fourth edition provides newly researched antiques values in both U.S. dollars and British pounds and an updated directory of places to find antiques. An opening explanatory spread describes how to use the book, and another offers a brief overview of the major decorative styles from the Middle Ages to the present day. Each section of the main text represents either one of the traditional areas of collecting (furniture, ceramics, silver, jewelry, glass, rugs and carpets, textiles, clocks and watches, dolls and teddy bears, toys and games, and Asian works of art) or a popular style (arts and crafts, art nouveau, and art deco). Sections are further subdivided in the most appropriate manner, for example by type or geographic origin. Every page has two or three full-color images of pieces commonly found from dealers or at auction, and image captions include facts about the item, such as dates, dimensions, value codes, and why the item is notable. The book is fully cross-referenced and contains a glossary, index, and thorough table of contents. VERDICT Miller succeeds in disseminating knowledge about and generating enthusiasm for antiques. This encyclopedia will be a go-to resource for comprehensive material on European and North American antiques and collectibles, although researchers looking for detailed pricing and/or specific information about items should consult Miller's Antiques Price Guide or the author's other books on areas of collecting and individual styles.—Julia A. Watson, Marywood Univ. Lib., Scranton, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845334703
  • Publisher: Octopus Books
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 885,004
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Millerbegan collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.
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