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International Arts & Crafts (The World's Greatest Art) [Paperback]

David Rudd , Michael Robinson
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18 Oct 2005 The World's Greatest Art
International Arts & Crafts is a celebration of the design movement that started in Britain and spread around the world at the end of the nineteenth century. Depicting both well-known and unusual art and artefacts from this most fascinating of eras, this book provides a wealth of information about the lives and times of the designers, architects and artists who created them.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing; New edition edition (18 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844512622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844512621
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Rudd is a dealer of decorative arts in specializing in Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts movement. David studied art history, design, sculpture and photography at the State University of Buffalo and Syracuse University, USA. He has been consultant to several museums and major auction houses. In 1993 he was instrumental in starting the Arts & Crafts Society of Central New York and is president of its Board of Directors.

Michael Robinson is a freelance lecturer and writer on British art and design history. Originally an art dealer with his own provincial gallery in Sussex, he entered academic life by way of a career change, having gained a first class honours and Masters degree at Kingston University. He is currently working on his doctorate, a study of early modernist period British dealers. He continues to lecture on British and French art of the Modern period.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A treasurehouse of goodies 10 Aug 2011
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This stubby little volume is a sourcebook of design; from jewellery through furniture and ceramics to architecture. The layout is unusual, and the first section is titled "How to use this book". After a brief introduction, the objects are classified under the slightly eccentric headings of "Movement overview", "Society", "Places", "Influences" and "Techniques". I'm not entirely sure how all this works - the objects don't seemed especially relevant to the headings - but there are ample cross-references and a good index, so it doesn't really matter. The text fills in the background for each item and is easy to follow but - be warned - in TINY PRINT! It breaks my heart to give this book less than 5 stars, but if you have any trouble with small print this will drive you mad! Do "Click to look inside" before you buy; remember this is a book just over 6 inches square.

The photographs are pretty good quality despite their modest size, and the range of examples brought together is really impressive. In all honesty, just browsing through this book will give the reader a very rich and well-informed impression of the calibre and range of Arts and Crafts design. This book will be useful to collectors, art students, interior designers, practical design students in all media, and the general enthusiast. It would make an excellent gift.

A much larger book, with as immense a range of items but focusing on one of the greats, is Charles Rennie Mackintosh produced after a major retrospective at the Glasgow Museum
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 9 Dec 2013
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As an Arts and Cafts obsessive, I was delighted with this little book. Laid out with one item/designer per page, it is easy to dip into and find what you are looking for. Highly recomended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really happy about it 19 Aug 2013
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Great book, will be great to help me know more about decorative design history. A great book for every interior design student.
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5.0 out of 5 stars art and crafts 25 Jun 2013
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just what you need in a book .easy to understand and beautiful content a book that I can share with grand daughters studying art
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 16 April 2013
By Sal
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Fab little book. Initially disappointed by it's size BUT actually it's come into it's own as small enough to pop in your bag. Size isn't everything this little book is full of clear information.
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