The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden

A New York Times BestsellerAn Economist Book of the Year Costa Book Award Winner for Biography Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots―which are then sold, collected, and handed on―he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive. And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.

  • Brand: Picador USA
  • ASIN: 0312569378

Gzhel: Ceramics. 18th-19th centuries. Ceramics. 20th century.

Gzhel: Ceramics. 18th-19th centuries. Ceramics. 20th

  • ASIN: 5852501107

19th Century Elegant Lighting: Argand, Sinumbra, and Solar Lamps (Schiffer Book for Collectors)

19th Century Elegant Lighting: Argand, Sinumbra, and Solar

The invention of the Argand burner in 1784 propelled a virtual lighting revolution in the first half of the nineteenth century. This highly informative and outstandingly illustrated book showcases the variety of nineteenth century lamps through the use of color photos, old etchings, and period lighting catalogues -- including the only known 1850 Henry N. Hooper and Company Illustrated Catalogue, shown in its entirety. Lighting enthusiasts at every level will find many never-before-published photographs of Argand, sinumbra, and solar lighting devices, along with valuable information on heights, shade ring fitter diameters, and value ranges. Brief histories are provided for some of the better known lighting manufacturers, including Hooper, Dietz, Messenger, and Cornelius. The author also discusses various types of lighting fuel, terminology, how to differentiate reproductions from originals, and where to look for manufacturers' marks. Collectors of lighting and other fine arts from the first half of the nineteenth century will find this an essential reference for many years to come.

  • ASIN: 0764315145

Nineteenth Century Lighting: Candle-Powered Devices : 1783-1883

Nineteenth Century Lighting: Candle-Powered Devices :

Nineteenth Century Lighting, surveys the candle powered lighting devices used in Northern Europe, the British Isles, as well as those made in America. The examples illustrated are those used in primarily domestic situations, however some are also from the public sector. Over 394 photographs are each acompanied by a detailed, physical and historical description, painstakingly researched by Mr. Bacot. In addition he has further enriched these fine examples with informative and interesting text on the changes and innovations of the period. Nineteenth Century Lighting is an excellent and thorough source book for the collector, historian and all those interested in these revolutionary candle powered designs of the years from 1783-1883.

  • Brand: Brand: Schiffer Pub Ltd
  • ASIN: 0887400981

A Collector's Guide to Nineteenth-Century Jugs

A Collector's Guide to Nineteenth-Century

A Collector's Guide to Nineteenth-Century Jugs (Vol 1)

  • Brand: Brand: Routledge Kegan n Paul
  • ASIN: 0710203020

Century Ceramics Index USA

Century Ceramics Index

Concentrates on the century's leading ceramists who represented the vanguard of the ceramic-art aesthetic

  • Brand: Plume
  • ASIN: 0525475745

Persian Painted Tile Work From the 18th and 19th Centuries: The Shiraz School

Persian Painted Tile Work From the 18th and

The manufacture of colorfully painted tiles has a long tradition in Persia, modern-day Iran. This publication focuses on so-called haft rang (seven colors) tiles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During this time, the art of making tiles experienced a revival, starting in the city of Shiraz and initiated primarily by unknown artists who wanted to preserve and carry on their country's traditions. Their vibrantly colored tiles, with underglaze, decorated private homes, as well as public and religious buildings. The tiles are characterized by a wealth of pictorial elements, with floral motifs as well as motifs from traditional Persian folktales.Social change and a disregard for Iranian architecture and traditions at the beginning of the twentieth century led to the destruction of many old town quarters and to the disappearance of this impressive art. Hadi Seif visited the direct descendants of the tile makers and presents his findings in this book.

  • ASIN: 3897904039

Antique Lamp Buyers Guide: Identifying Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Lighting (with Value Guide) (Schiffer Book for Collectors)

Antique Lamp Buyers Guide: Identifying Late 19th and

Do you own an old lamp? Are you wondering what it is, how it was originally used, how you can make it better, or how much it was worth? If so, this book is written for you! Easy to read, and complete with price guide, The Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide answers many of the basic questions confronting lamp collectors from, "Where do I look for a manufacturer's signature?" to "How do I distinguish reproductions from originals?" Using a combination of color photographs and catalogue illustrations, this richly illustrated book provides a wealth of information for anyone interested in buying or selling old lighting. Author Nadja Maril also discusses the restoration issues that confront anyone wanting to use old lighting, such as rewiring, practical uses for fixtures originallly made for gas or oil, and restoring and protecting metal finishes. Sure to become an invaluable reference tool, The Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide covers examples of American lighting made between the mid-nineteenth century and the second World War, a time period during which lighting technology changed from oil to kerosene, gas, and electricity. An essential guide to identifying types of lamps and their styles, this book is designed for both the beginning and the advanced collector.

  • ASIN: 0764304275

The Bertrand Bottles: A Study of 19th-Century Glass and Ceramic Containers

The Bertrand Bottles: A Study of 19th-Century Glass

A Study of 19th-century Glass and Ceramic Containers

  • ASIN: 1482081709
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