Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia

Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia

by Judith Miller
     
 

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A new edition of the bible of the antiques world - the most accessible, authoritative and trusted antiques reference book available. This new edition reflects changes in the antiques market since 2008. Clearly and logically organized by period and a type, it is packed with practical and useful information and hundreds of photographs. It explains materials, marks

Overview

A new edition of the bible of the antiques world - the most accessible, authoritative and trusted antiques reference book available. This new edition reflects changes in the antiques market since 2008. Clearly and logically organized by period and a type, it is packed with practical and useful information and hundreds of photographs. It explains materials, marks and techniques; provides clues to identification and dating; and offers hints on what to consider when examining antiques. The huge breadth of material covers everything from 18th century chairs to 20th century Barbie dolls, Art Deco sculpture to ancient Chinese ceramics, and toy robots to the ever popular Mid-Century Modern. Indispensable to industry professionals and collectors, it is also accessible to beginners and a useful resource for eBay users.

First published in 1998, Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia has gone to sell more than 130,000 copies and remains an invaluable aid to collecting.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845337698
Publisher:
Octopus Books
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Edition description:
New
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
821,406
Product dimensions:
9.46(w) x 11.60(h) x 1.74(d)
Age Range:
Up to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Judith Miller began 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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