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on 4 April 2014
Beautiful book, everything you always wanted to know about Clarice Cliff. Very heavy to hold, definitely a coffee table book.

Arrived safely, good packaging and arrived earlier than expected.
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on 21 June 2011
What a well put together book this is!
The illustrations are excellent and the indexing and referencing are well researched. This must have taken a very long time to research and accurately collate.The authors of this comprehensive book about Clarice Cliff, her designers and their patterns and other designs by the two factories-Wilkinson and Newport-are to be congratulated on the production of this colourful, interesting and informative publication.
In my opinion it's the best book ever written about this talented designer.
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on 5 October 2010
This book is a must for anyone who is interested in the prolific designs and styles of her pottery of the Art Deco period.
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on 21 August 2007
This is a very very good reference/guide to the works of the Great Lady and will be extremely helpful to most readers, and a delightful addition to most collectors library's. Comprehensive it most definately is, and a tremendous amount of time and research must have been put in by the authors in creating this wonderful book....a great achievement and deserving of much more credit than so far given. Certainly there are some mistakes and ommissions, which I think to be fair is the case with all books written on Clarice Cliffs' works, no matter who the author/s are, lets be realistic.....nobody is perfect !! I have bought most of the books available over the last 20 years and they all have their own charms, and faults, but together make great reading and ALL add to the total knowledge we crave. This book beats all the others hands-down !! I think that comments from other reviews like " contains way too many obscure 'low-end' Clarice Cliff patterns from the post-war era which are not really of interest to serious collectors." are very demeaning for the majority of serious collectors, many of whom admire and collect pieces and patterns representative of all Clarices' works including "low-end" and "obscure"..... Collectors on low budgets are just as serious in their passion for collecting, as those more fortunate to be able afford the more expensive patterns. This book is a valuable reference for all collectors,dealers and anyone else with an interest in all of the patterns, shapes and designs from the start to the finish of Clarice Cliffs' fantastic works.
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on 18 July 2005
Let me start by saying that no other reference work comes close to this level of detail in its visually glorious treatment of Clarice Cliff designs. This work includes a short Clarice Cliff history but its forte is the detailed examination of the shapes and patterns themselves. Consequently, this work compliments but does not replace existing books on Clarice Cliff that are more narrative or historical in nature.
The book covers virtually all the Clarice Cliff shapes and patterns that can be found in current day archives, including the heyday 1920's and 1930's, and many later designs running up to and including the 1950's. A special section on Wilkinson presents new research proving that patterns previously attributed to Clarice Cliff have been found to be Wilkinson designs. The work also shines a spotlight on key designers from the Clarice Cliff and Wilkinson camps: Dolly Cliff, Eric Elliott, John Butler of Oriflamme fame, Fred Salmon and Harold Walker. There is also a section on the "Art in Industry" series from 1934, and even a small section on Japanese copies from the same era!
Photographically, groupings and individual pieces are given generous space and blessedly consistent photographic backgrounds, allowing easy contemplation of the ceramic designs without the over-close juxtaposition of neighbouring pieces. While all patterns are dated, an intelligent approach of "pattern categories" will help new and experienced collectors alike to easily locate specific patterns or browse the stunning visual groupings that this work achieves.
Beyond patterns, there is also an extensive section covering both Wilkinson and Clarice Cliff shapes. Supporting content includes an extensive backstamp section and a "Collectors' Guide" that examines trends in conservation and restoration.
Comprehensively Clarice Cliff works well both as a coffee table book and as a lavishly illustrated reference. It is bound to become essential reading for anyone with a professional or personal interest in Clarice Cliff.
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on 11 June 2013
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Clarice Cliff,whether a collector or not. It is a visual delight. Love to pick it up and look at her lovely designs. Well worth the price.
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on 1 August 2013
Lavishly colour-illustrated, and written in an easy to follow format. Reading this book has started me on a journey into design and its sources. Clever Clarice! Clever Greg Slater!
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on 12 August 2005
A huge, meaty book, exactly as described in the title - Comprehensive! An absolute wealth of informed & researched detail, beatifully presented & put together. Impressive colour images, a perfect addition to the collection for anyone interested in the works of Clarice Cliff.
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on 20 October 2007
Without a doubt, this is the most up to date & comprehensive publication for any collector of Clarice Cliff. The illustrations of patterns and designs have surpassed any previous publication. The information contained is detailed and is very useful when conducting research into Clarice Cliff's work. This is at the moment the pinnacle of research carried out by the authors, they are to be highly commended, and I strongly recommend this magnificent book to anyone starting to collect Clarice Cliff's work.
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on 10 January 2008
Clarice Cliff ceramics can be purchased for a few pounds or for thousands and the beauty of this book is that it is not aimed purely at the high end collector.

By including later work and information on associated pieces it welcomes anyone with an interest, but a limited budget, and offers a way in to a very rewarding and fascinating subject. Equally it will provide a wealth of background detail for seasoned collectors.

I have been a collector for years but my interest has widened considerably since I purchased this book. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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