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Arts and Crafts Furniture [Hardcover]

John Andrews
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26 Feb 2014
The Arts and Crafts Movement produced some remarkable furniture. Its principal designers, though not all, were architects motivated by principles of good design and honest workmanship. The results varied from the sober oak austerity of Voysey and the rural perspectives of the Cotswold School, to the exuberant inlays of Ashbee and even Morris & Co. Written by a recognised authority on the subject, Arts and Crafts Furniture examines the furniture produced by the movement's protagonists: the Guilds, the Cotswold School, the Glasgow designers, Heal, and Liberty. Starting with the seminal office of G.E. Street and ending with the effects on Ambrose Heal and Gordon Russell, the reader is taken on a colourful journey from the origins of the Movement, through its heyday, to its culmination. Indeed, it is a tour that explains how the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement became an enduring part of modern design. In this second edition of the standard work of reference the author has included new information about the movement and pieces, much of which has only recently emerged. More than sixty new illustrations have also been added, a few of them showing rare pieces of special interest, but most of them recording more of the furniture belonging to or influenced by the movement.

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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd (26 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851497315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851497317
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,115,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Andrews is both a founding member of, and the first author published by, the Antique Collectors' Club. His professional background as a market researcher and his love of furniture have made his books unique in their clear explanations and practical, factual approach. Apart from collecting, restoring and writing about furniture, he is an active businessman and fiction writer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Arts & Crafts Furniture Review 18 Oct 2012
By Ray
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This is an excellent and thorough anthology of the Arts & Crafts movement as related to furniture. It is detailed, accurate and thought provoking and while it may appear expensive it is good value due to the quality of thought in the writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars overvew of styles, artists, and manufacturers of arts and crafts furniture 5 Jan 2006
By Henry Berry - Published on
All of the Arts and Crafts furniture pictured in over 250 clear color photographs of varying sizes and detail exhibit the qualities of "careful proportion, fine painstaking cabinet work, attention to detail, [and] excellent materials" while nonetheless intentionally designed in tune with the "vernacular" idiom. There's a brief history of the beginnings and path of the Movement. But what is of most interest is the many chapters on individual craftsmen--and a few women--and designers and commercial makers of the furniture. Individuals and companies in both the United States and England are included. There are more than 30 chapters on these with enough description and commentary and visual material for guidance in identifying pieces by respective artists, artisans, and manufacturers. This volume of material with its innumerable details is kept from being confusing or overwhelming by the book's expert organization, no doubt guided by Andrew's expertise and discrimination in the Arts and Crafts Movement. British antique furniture and a general work on collecting antique furniture have been previous books by this author. The influence of Eastlake and William Morris and the work of Stickley and Wright are given ample due, to be sure; but Andrews also covers many not so well known figures and groups, including The Women's Guild of Artists, Gordon Russell, James Henry Sellers, the Glasgow firm of Wylie and Lochhead, and also a group of "Unknown," to name only a few. With the many individuals plus the companies making the Arts and Crafts furniture and the precedents and history, the work is a comprehensive, handsomely illustrated treatment of this area of antique furniture which continues to hold its desirability and value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arts and Crafts Furniture... of its origins and practitioners 19 Mar 2007
By J. C. Collier - Published on
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Generous use of photography and well wrought text lend justifiable props to the Anglo forbears of the movement in this well presented survey of the furniture form. If you're a lover of the style and yearn to sip from a well frequented by English craftsmen then you'll not be disappointed with this volume.

Drink deeply!
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