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Antiquespeak

A Guide to the Styles, Techniques, and Materials of the Decorative Arts, from the Renaissance to Art Deco

By Kathryn B. Hiesinger, George H. Marcus

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Other Information: colour and b&w illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 September 1997
Continuing the popular and illuminating "Speak" series, this handsomely designed volume offers a user-friendly lexicon of the decorative arts. Understanding antiques requires knowledge of a specialized vocabulary that tells initiates what something is, where it came from, and when it was made. AntiqueSpeak provides this essential information in concise but illuminating essays that cover almost a millennium of styles (such as Baroque and Art Deco), materials (glass, ivory), types of objects (furniture, toys and games), specialized areas of collecting (folk art, Judaica), and concerns involved with acquiring and caring for antiques (auctions, condition, marks and signatures). In addition, the book includes a handy one-page StyleChart; a section of color plates (one for each major style); an album of ornaments and classical orders, represented by line drawings; labeled drawings of selected furniture types; an introduction that explains how to use the book; and an invaluable index that provides dates and nationalities for all the designers, craftsmen, artists, and others discussed in the entries.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents from: Antiquespeak STYLECHART INTRODUCTION: A USERS MANUAL COLOR PLATES ORNAMENTAL ELEMENTS AND THE CLASSICAL ORDERS ADAM AESTHETIC MOVEMENT ANTIQUES (APPLIQUE-see NEEDLEWORK) ART DECO (ART MODERNE-see ART DECO) ART NOUVEAU ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT AUCTIONS BAROQUE BASKETRY (BAUHAUS-see MODERNISM) BIEDERMEIER BRASS BRONZE (CAROLIAN-see RESTORATION) CARPETS (CHARLES II-see RESTORATION) (CHARLES IX-see FRANCIS I) CHARLES X CHINOISERIE CHIPPENDALE CLOCKS (COLLECTIBLES-see ANTIQUES) COLONIAL REVIVAL (COMMONWEALTH-see JACOBEAN) CONDITION (CONSERVATION-see CONDITION) (CONSULAT-see EMPIRE) COPPER COUNTRY (CROMWELLIAN-see JACOBEAN) (DIRECTOIRE-see EMPIRE, LOUIS XVI) (EDWARDIAN-see VICTORIAN) (EGYPTIAN REVIVAL-see EMPIRE, REGENCY) (ELIZABETHAN-see TUDOR) (EMBROIDERY-see NEEDLEWORK) EMPIRE ENAMELS EXPORT WARES FANS FEDERAL (FIGURINES-see STATUETTES) FOLK ART FRANCIS I FRENCH PROVINCIAL (FRENCH RENAISSANCE-see FRANCIS I) FURNITURE GEORGIAN GLASS (GLAZE-see PORCELAIN, POTTERY) GOLD AND SILVER GOTHIC REVIVAL (GREEK REVIVAL-see FEDERAL, NEOCLASSICISM, REGENCY) (HALLMARKS-see MARKS, SIGNATURES, AND LABELS) HARDSTONES HARDWARE AND FITTINGS (HENRI II-see FRANCIS I) HEPPLEWHITE HISPANO-MORESQUE (INTERNATIONAL STYLE-see MODERNISM) IRON IVORY JACOBEAN (JAPANISM-see AESTHETIC MOVEMENT) (JAPANNING-see LACQUER) JUDAICA (JUGENDSTIL-see ART NOUVEAU) LACE LACQUER LIGHTING (LOUIS XIII-see BAROQUE, LOUIS XIV) LOUIS XIV LOUIS XV LOUIS XVI LOUIS-PHILIPPE (MANNERISM-see RENAISSANCE) MARKS, SIGNATURES, AND LABELS (MARQUETRY-see FURNITURE) MODERNISM MOSAICS (NAPOLEON III-see SECOND EMPIRE) NEEDLEWORK NEOCLASSICISM (NEO-GOTHIC-see GOTHIC REVIVAL) (NEO-GREC-see SECOND EMPIRE) OBJECTS OF VERTU PAPIER-MACHE PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN PEWTER (PIETRE DURE-see HARDSTONES) PORCELAIN POTTERY QUEEN ANNE (QUEEN ANNE REVIVAL-see AESTHETIC MOVEMENT) REGENCE REGENCY RELIGIOUS OBJECTS RENAISSANCE RENAISSANCE REVIVAL (REPRODUCTIONS-see REVIVALS AND REPRODUCTIONS) (RESTAURATION-see CHARLES X) RESTORATION (RESTORATION-see CONDITION) REVIVALS AND REPRODUCTIONS ROCOCO ROCOCO REVIVAL (RUGS-see CARPETS) (SCHOOL OF FONTAINEBLEAU-see FRANCIS I) SECESSION SECOND EMPIRE SHAKER SHERATON (SILVER-see GOLD AND SILVER) STATUETTES (STILE LIBERTY-see ART NOUVEAU) (STUART-see JACOBEAN, RESTORATION, WILLIAM AND MARY) TAPESTRIES (TEXTILES-see UPHOLSTERY) TILES TIN TOYS AND GAMES TUDOR UPHOLSTERY VICTORIAN WALLPAPER (WIENER WERKSTATTE-see SECESSION) WILLIAM AND MARY WOOD FOR FURTHER REFERENCE INDEX

About the Author

Kathryn B. Hiesinger is curator of European decorative arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is also the co-author of Abbeville's Landmarks of Twentieth-Century Design: An Illustrated Handbook. George H. Marcus is adjunct assistant professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of Abbeville's Landmarks of Twentieth-Century Design: An Illustrated Handbook. as well as a number of other books on design. He co-curated the exhibition "What Is Design Today?" at Philadelphia University and wrote the accompanying book. For over thirty years, he served as director of publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Reviews

"An excellent reference book." -- Asbury Park Press "This terrific paperback, in a manageable 6-by-9-inch size, is jampacked with information that both novices and veteran collectors will appreciate...A time-line-style chart is a handy reference guide." -- Houston Chronicle

EAN: 9780789201898
ISBN: 0789201895
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.29 x 2.06 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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