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Treen and Earthenware: A Collector's Guide (Midas collectors' library) [Hardcover]

Anne Forty
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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Midas Books; 1st ed. edition (1 July 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859360741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859360746
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,962,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A well illustrated guide to collecting wooden objects and earthenware.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant but limited 5 Jun 2013
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This would be a much better book if the author had devoted it entirely to treen. Anne Forty clearly knows her stuff when it comes to small wooden items, and the book can, to a ceratin extent, be used as a reference and an idea of what there is available to collect. However, the line drawings (there are very few photos) are not really as good as they might be and much of the relevant information is, quite unnecessarily, given well away from the illustration concerned.

In a book of only 128 pages Forty devotes 39 to earthenware, with little text and some not-very-helpful line drawings and photos. This is rather like trying to convey the history of the world in a 15-minute radio programme. Earthenware is a vast field of collecting, and even limiting the range to functional kitchen earthenware, as Forty does, would merit a huge book full of pictures. A skate through a few factories in a wholly inadequate "Dictionary of Potteries" is a strange effort, leaving most of everything out then giving esoteric snippets on the biographies of a few potters. What can the author have been thinking of?

I cannot honestly recommend this book to prospective purchasers as, despite the modest amount of useful information on treen, I fear most would find it very irritating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Collector's Guide 20 May 2003
By David Ciaffardini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A helpful guide for collectors of treen (utilitarian wooden objects) and monastery-era earthenware. Has brief histories of the crafts, along with black and while illustrations of dozens of examples of collectible objects. Also a glossary of terms, a listing of manufacturers (both old and new) and information about the often very difficult task of dating of treen objects. This book is certainly helpful and informative, but may not be as in-depth as some would prefer, but to suit those readers, the author has graciously provided a bibliography for more in-depth study. Some may also wish that there were photographed examples of objects instead of just drawings, although the drawings are good, detailed ones and may actually be of greater clarity and detail than simple photographs. This book is certainly a good starting place for collectors.
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