Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia

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Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia offers clear and wide-ranging coverage of antiques and collectables, with valuable information for both the enthusiast and the experienced dealer. For the new collector it explains the materials and techniques used, identifies the types of marks found, offers clues to identification as well as helpful hints as to value. An extensive glossary explains the terms used throughout the book and in the antiques trade. The more experienced collector will find plenty to augment his or her ...
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Overview

Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia offers clear and wide-ranging coverage of antiques and collectables, with valuable information for both the enthusiast and the experienced dealer. For the new collector it explains the materials and techniques used, identifies the types of marks found, offers clues to identification as well as helpful hints as to value. An extensive glossary explains the terms used throughout the book and in the antiques trade. The more experienced collector will find plenty to augment his or her knowledge, including feature boxes that highlight an important aspect of a subject or alert the reader to any pitfalls of authentication. All the traditional areas of collecting are featured, with extensive sections on furniture, ceramics, silver, and glass. More specialist subjects, such as jewellery, scientific and medical instruments, oriental art, sporting memorabilia, and the antiques of the future are also included.
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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: 879,278
  • 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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