5000 Years of Glass
Paperback ISBN: 1770858261
Reviews of the UK edition: "Enough insight to satisfy the knowledgeable enthusiast and general facts to become an essential introduction for the novice." -- Antique Collector "Profusely and excellently illustrated." -- Royal Society of Arts Journal The fragile beauty of glass has ensured its popularity through the ages in forms ranging from simple beakers to decorative masterpieces. Along with five expert contributors, Hugh Tait traces the history of glass from its origins in western Asia some 5000 years ago, through the invention of glassblowing around the first century BC, to the introduction of mechanized processes and new styles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice. Bringing the story right up to date, the final chapter explores how artists have worked in glass from 1940 to the present day, showcasing the latest masters of the art form. Accompanying the authoritative text are 300 full color photographs of stunning glassworks from the British Museum collection. Extended captions describe each piece's historical context and construction. The book's chapters are: - Before the Invention of Glassblowing 2500 BC-400 AD - The Roman Empire 1st century AD-400 AD - Early Medieval Europe 400-1066 - The Islamic Lands 8th century-19th century, Chinese glass - Europe from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution 10th-18th centuries - Europe and America 1800-1940 - The Decline of the Craftsman, The Rise of the Artist, 1940-2010. A special chapter at the end, Techniques of Glassmaking and Decoration, shows the superior skill and creativity required to make specific items in the book, which are cross-referenced. 5000 Years of Glass is the definitive book on the subject. Historians, all those interested in or inspired by the beauty of glass, glassblowers especially, will find it an interesting and attractive addition to their library.
Antique Trader Bottles
Identification & Price Guide
Paperback ISBN: 1440246149
The Bottle Bible! Antique Trader Bottles Identification & Price Guide is know as "The Bottle Bible" for good reason. With its detailed descriptions, current market values, and key identifying characteristics, the book has been a reliable and trusted reference and the definitive bottle-collecting guide for 20 years. As the only full-color bottle book on the market, the reference is packed with thousands of listings and 1,300 color photographs of 40 distinct bottle-collecting categories from the 19th and 20th centuries. You'll discover top collectible bottles including beer, figurals, flasks, Hawaiian, ink, medicine, pot lids, sarsaparilla, target balls, and whiskey, as well as history, trademarks, resources, and insider tips for finding, identifying, valuing, buying and selling bottles--all from an author with more than four decades of digging bottles.
Two Hundred and Fifty Years
Hardcover ISBN: 0847840867
The first book on the house of Baccarat, one of the oldest and most preeminent luxury brands in the world, renowned for its fine crystal creations. Baccarat celebrates more than 250 years as one of the most important and prestigious luxury houses. Acclaimed for its high-quality traditional craftsmanship of fine crystal stemware, barware, candelabra, perfume bottles, and jewelry, Baccarat is known the world over as a symbol of quality and refinement. Highlighting the extraordinary range of Baccarat’s crystal creations—from its trademark iconic glassware commissioned by royalty and heads of state from around the world and throughout the centuries to their contemporary creative collaborations with star designers such as Philippe Starck, Andrée Putman, Arik Levy, and Marcel Wanders—this volume showcases the enduring glamour and style of the most important crystalworks house of all time. With beautiful historic photographs and drawings from Baccarat’s extensive archive, which display the incredible craftsmanship and technical innovations of the highly skilled glassblowers, glasscutters, engravers, and gilders, and captivating images from its advertising campaigns and celebrity clientele, Baccarat is a sumptuous celebration. Offering a lavish and in-depth look at some of the most stunning crystal creations in history, this volume is for anyone interested in design and craftsmanship.
The Best of Modern Swedish Art Glass
Orrefors and Kosta 1930-1970: With Price Guide
Hardcover ISBN: 0977779807
Despite the high level of collector interest in modern Scandinavian art glass, there have been few if any publications devoted exclusively to Swedish glass made from 1930-1970, and none that have attempted to provide the collector with the background needed to fully understand the forces that determine prices in this market. The author sets forth a concise history of the two major Swedish glass producers during their peak decades, identifies those artists and designs that are of primary importance, and assigns estimated values to these works. The focus of this work is on limited production, "high end" designs, rather than on the commercial output of these firms. The text is illustrated with color photos from the author's own outstanding collection as well as a number of illustrations supplied by Bo Knutsson Art & Antiques, perhaps Sweden's leading dealer in 20th century Swedish glass.
The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art
Paperback ISBN: 1588396819
The Cesnola Collection of antiquities from Cyprus preserves the island’s artistic traditions from prehistoric through Roman times and represents the first large group of ancient Mediterranean works to enter the museum’s collection. This catalogue, which focuses on Cypriot glass, contains over 500 works dating from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Byzantine period (ca. 1500 B.C.–ca. A.D. 625) from one of the most comprehensive collections of Cypriot art in the world. Illustrations of each object are accompanied by a detailed catalogue entry, including references to comparative works. In addition, informed essays make the catalogue a perfect introduction to Cypriot glass and provide a survey of the importance of the collection.