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The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700-1950


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Collecting and Displaying China's “Summer Palace” in the West: The Yuanmingyuan in Britain and France

Collecting and Displaying China's “Summer Palace” in the West: The Yuanmingyuan in Britain and France

1st Edition

Louise Tythacott
November 09, 2019

In October 1860, at the culmination of the Second Opium War, British and French troops looted and destroyed one of the most important palace complexes in imperial China—the Yuanmingyuan. Known in the West as the "Summer Palace," this site consisted of thousands of buildings housing a vast art...

Hooked Rugs: Encounters in American Modern Art, Craft and Design

Hooked Rugs: Encounters in American Modern Art, Craft and Design

1st Edition

Cynthia Fowler
June 10, 2019

Through a close look at the history of the modernist hooked rug, this book raises important questions about the broader history of American modernism in the first half of the twentieth century. Although hooked rugs are not generally associated with the avant-garde, this study demonstrates that they...

Silver in Georgian Dublin: Making, Selling, Consuming

Silver in Georgian Dublin: Making, Selling, Consuming

1st Edition

Alison FitzGerald
May 23, 2019

Georgian Dublin is synonymous with a period of unprecedented expansion in the market for luxury goods. At a time when new commodities, novel technologies and fashionable imports seduced elite society, silver enjoyed an established association with gentility and prestige. Earlier studies have...

Female Portraiture and Patronage in Marie Antoinette's Court: The Princesse de Lamballe

Female Portraiture and Patronage in Marie Antoinette's Court: The Princesse de Lamballe

1st Edition

Sarah Grant
September 11, 2018

This comprehensive book brings to light the portraits, private collections and public patronage of the princesse de Lamballe, a pivotal member of Marie-Antoinette’s inner circle. Drawing extensively on unpublished archival sources, Sarah Grant examines the princess’s many portrait commissions and...

The Design, Production and Reception of Eighteenth-Century Wallpaper in Britain

The Design, Production and Reception of Eighteenth-Century Wallpaper in Britain

1st Edition

Clare Taylor
June 19, 2018

Wallpaper’s spread across trades, class and gender is charted in this first full-length study of the material’s use in Britain during the long eighteenth century. It examines the types of wallpaper that were designed and produced and the interior spaces it occupied, from the country house to the...

William Hunter's World: The Art and Science of Eighteenth-Century Collecting

William Hunter's World: The Art and Science of Eighteenth-Century Collecting

1st Edition

E. Geoffrey Hancock, Nick Pearce, Mungo Campbell
April 25, 2018

Despite William Hunter's stature as one of the most important collectors and men of science of the eighteenth century, and the fact that his collection is the foundation of Scotland's oldest public museum, The Hunterian, until now there has been no comprehensive examination in a single volume of...

Textiles, Fashion, and Design Reform in Austria-Hungary Before the First World War: Principles of Dress

Textiles, Fashion, and Design Reform in Austria-Hungary Before the First World War: Principles of Dress

1st Edition

Rebecca Houze
April 25, 2018

Filling a critical gap in Vienna 1900 studies, this book offers a new reading of fin-de-siècle culture in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy by looking at the unusual and widespread preoccupation with embroidery, fabrics, clothing, and fashion - both literally and metaphorically. The author resurrects...

Craft, Community and the Material Culture of Place and Politics, 19th-20th Century

Craft, Community and the Material Culture of Place and Politics, 19th-20th Century

1st Edition

Janice Helland, Beverly Lemire, Alena Buis
February 06, 2018

Craft practice has a rich history and remains vibrant, sustaining communities while negotiating cultures within local or international contexts. More than two centuries of industrialization have not extinguished handmade goods; rather, the broader force of industrialization has redefined and...

British Models of Art Collecting and the American Response: Reflections Across the Pond

British Models of Art Collecting and the American Response: Reflections Across the Pond

1st Edition

Inge Reist
October 12, 2017

British Models of Art Collecting and the American Response - Reflections Across the Pond presents 14 essays by distinguished art - and cultural - historians. Collectively, they examine points of similarity and difference in the approaches to art collecting practiced in Britain and the United States...

Nature and the Nation in Fin-de-Siècle France: The Art of Emile Gallé and the Ecole de Nancy

Nature and the Nation in Fin-de-Siècle France: The Art of Emile Gallé and the Ecole de Nancy

1st Edition

Jessica M. Dandona
June 23, 2017

By the time of his death in 1904, critics, arts reformers, and government officials were near universal in their praise of Art Nouveau designer Emile Gallé (1846–1904), whose works they described as the essence of French design. Many even went so far as to argue that the artist’s creations could...

The Materiality of Color: The Production, Circulation, and Application of Dyes and Pigments, 1400–1800

The Materiality of Color: The Production, Circulation, and Application of Dyes and Pigments, 1400–1800

1st Edition

Andrea Feeser, Maureen Daly Goggin, Beth Fowkes Tobin
June 14, 2017

Although much has been written on the aesthetic value of color, there are other values that adhere to it with economic and social values among them. Through case studies of particular colors and colored objects, this volume demonstrates just how complex the history of color is by focusing on the...

Private Collecting, Exhibitions, and the Shaping of Art History in London: The Burlington Fine Arts Club

Private Collecting, Exhibitions, and the Shaping of Art History in London: The Burlington Fine Arts Club

1st Edition

Stacey J. Pierson
January 25, 2017

The Burlington Fine Arts Club was founded in London in 1866 as a gentlemen’s club with a singular remit – to exhibit members’ art collections. Exhibitions were proposed, organized, and furnished by a group of prominent members of British society who included aristocrats, artists, bankers,...

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