Four Books on the Decorative Arts

Luigi Valadier

By Alvar Gonzalez-Palacios

This is the catalogue for the forthcoming exhibition at the Frick on Roman designer Luigi Valadier (1726-1785), whose luxurious furniture and ornaments furnished the palaces of the Papacy and aristocracy across eighteenth-century Europe. Famed for the elaborate elegance of his centrepieces in marble, gold, hard stone, and gilt bronze, he was also a gifted draftsman.

Fifty objects by Valadier and his workshop are featured in this catalogue, with full descriptions. Many are illustrated in parallel with the artist’s drawn designs. The volume also explores the exact provenance, dating, and attributions of the pieces within the Valadier family, with Luigi’s father Andrea and son Giuseppe often collaborating with each other, as well as with other workshops.

Exhibition dates: 31st of October 2018 to the 20th of January 2019.

560 pages with 368 colour illustrations.

Hardback.

30.5 x 23cms.

£79.95

 

Giacomo Raffaelli (1753-1836). Maestro di stile e di mosaico (master of style and mosaics)

By Massimo Alfieri, Laura Biancini, Tassinari Gabriella, and E. Andreevna Yakovleva

This volume examines the whole of Giacomo Rafaelli’s known oeuvre. The Roman micro-mosaicist catered to a clientele of Grand Tourists, producing exquisite plates, tables, and jewellery for the aristocracy on their alpine travels. Attracted by his prestige, the Napoleonic government commissioned him to found a mosaic school in Milan and to create his most famous piece: a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s last supper.

With comprehensive catalogue descriptions, the book is illustrated with a wide range of mosaics and stone works belonging to museums and private collections in Europe and the United States.

376 pages with 400 colour and several black and white illustrations.

Hardback.

24.5 x 31cms.

Text in Italian

£130.00

 

Pelagio Pelagi Decorateur des Palais Royaux de Turin et du Piémont (1832-1856)

By Betrand Royere

A retracing of Pelagio Pelagi’s decoration of the Royal Palace of Turin and the castles of Racconigi and Pollenzo, amongst others. The artist was commissioned upon the accession of Charles Albert to the throne of Piedmont-Sardinia, in the hope that they might mimic the stylishness of French design whilst employing an Italian artisan. Famed as an arbiter of taste, his style ranged from the neoclassical to the eclectic, and who incorporated the latest archaeological discoveries of Etruscan art into the highest royal fashions.

The book focuses in detail on the lavish wall decorations, furniture, bronzes, paintings and sculptures. It draws from the rich archives of Turin and Bologna to give full catalogue descriptions of each piece, with illustrations of the drawn designs by this painter-architect-decorator.

400 pages, 269 illustrations.

Hardback.

26 x 31cms.

Text in French

£65.00

 

Paris Furniture, the luxury market of the 19th century.

By Christopher Payne.

This publication offers a comprehensive survey of over one hundred Paris-based furniture makers who, during the 19th-Century, produced luxury furniture for international aristocrats, bankers, and newly wealthy industrialists. Among the featured craftsmen are Sormani, Bagues, Barbedienne, Christofle, Lievre, Viardot, Dasson, Grohe, Sauvrezy, Fourdinois, Beurdeley and Linke.

Detailed information is given on production dates, furniture styles, identification marks, exhibitions, and patrons of this period in which Paris, despite the century’s tumultuous beginnings, was once again the centre of the world for sumptuous comfort and experimental design.

608 pages with about 1,500 illustrations.

Hardback.

24 x 28cms.

£165.00

 

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Rudolph Ackermann & the Regency World

By John Ford

This biography explores the full variety of Rudolph Ackermann’s life, documenting the range of his achievements. These include: designer, publisher, entrepreneur, humanitarian, propagandist, patriot, diplomat, and paterfamilias.

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Recognised as one of the most influential figures on design, fashion, and technical innovation in Regency England, Ackermann is perhaps less well known as a conduit between England, continental Europe, and the newly independent countries of Central and South America.  In this book his life is traced from his beginnings as an immigrant from Saxony, to his position as a leading figure in art and design, powerful political agent, and friend of the Royal family, Archbishop of Canterbury, and William Wilberforce.

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Drawing on new material, including previously unpublished letters, journals, and bank accounts, this text brings the great publisher alive more than ever before. Comprehensively illustrated, it also contains a check-list of over 600 books and prints published by Ackermann during his lifetime.

 

402 pages and 298 illustrations, of which 194 in colour.

Paperback

21 x 29 cms.

Price: £50.00

 

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Treasures from the Al Thani Collection. Exhibitions held in The Palace Museum, Beijing, 2018.

This three-volume set covers two exhibitions held in the Meridian Hall Galleries of the Forbidden City in Beijing in 2018. The exhibitions are a monumental survey of pieces from the Al Thani Collection together with very prestigious loans from the al-Sabah and Ortiz collections and the Fabergé Museum.

The first volume of the set documents the exhibition “The Gems and Jewels of India”. It is split into different sections including: The Mughal Treasury; Dynastic Gem and Jewels; Objects of Jade and Rock Crystal; Objects in Gold and Enamel; Regalia and Jewelled Ornaments; Cartier and the Great European Jewellers, and, finally, Contemporary Creations.

The second and third volumes both document a second exhibition, held in 2018, entitled “Masterpieces from a Royal Collection”. Volume II focuses on ‘The Ancient World’ and ‘The Wider World’. The former includes Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Mesopotamian and Iranian works as well as Central Asian treasures, whilst the latter has objects from China, Pre- Columbian Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific.

Volume III is split more specifically into ‘The Islamic World’ and ‘The European World’. Each theme is further devided into sub sections which cover all aspects of art including Manuscripts, Miniatures, Metalwork and Textiles, or Medieval Reliquaries, Limoges Enamels, Renaissance Jewellery, Rock Crystal and Wunderkammer objects, Silver, Jewellery (Cartier, Melerio, Chaumet, Bolin) and 54 pieces by Fabergé.

Text in English and Chinese.

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Price:   £350.00  ISBN 9787513410977

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Islam e Firenze. Arte e Collezionismo dai Medici al Novecento. Exhibition: Florence, The Uffizi and The Bargello. 2018.

All aspects of Islamic art and its influences in, and on, Florence from the early Renaissance period up to the modern era are covered in this survey, dual venue, exhibition curated by Giovanni Curatola.

The catalogue includes essays on Islamic objects depicted in Florentine art during the Renaissance, near Eastern ceramics imported into Florence and its influence on local production, Islamic metalwork in Italy up to the end of the 16th century, Florentine and Islamic textiles, the collecting of carpets and a study of the Islamic arms in the Medici armoury.

 

351 pages with over 450 colour illustrations

Text in Italian.

117853   £ 50.00

ISBN 9788809869424

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Treasures from the Al Thani collection.

The Palace Museum and The Al Thani Collection. Exhibition: Beijing, Palace Museum, 2018. Two concurrent exhibitions in the Meridian Hall Galleries of the Forbidden City.

Exhibition 1. The Gems and Jewels of India

Volume I. 399 pages.

Exhibition 2. Masterpieces from a Royal Collection

Volumes II & III. 751 pages.

A lavishly illustrated three volume set bound with stiff paper covers in two slipcases. A monumental survey of pieces from the Al Thani Collection together with a very few select loans.

Text in English and Chinese.

117863  £ 350.00

 

 

The Arts of Russia: The Archive of a Dealer formed over 50 years in the art trade

 

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Over 1,000 catalogues large and small from sale rooms across Europe and the States on the arts of Russia. This presents a unique opportunity to acquire an unrivalled collection of auction catalogues on Icons, Fabergé, jewellery, decorative arts and painting. There are a further 700 additional catalogues which may or may not contain Russian works within them but are not specifically dedicated to this subject. The catalogues date from the 60s up to the 21st century and many of them are annotated with bids, buyer’s names and final prices.

This presents an exceptional resource for anyone collecting or dealing in Russian art: for the verification of provenances, etc.

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The ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ and Porcelain Design

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The Commedia dell’Arte was used as an inspiration for the decoration of both pottery and porcelain. Well known characters such as Harlequin and Pantalone were produced as porcelain figurines by the Meissen factory.

This first edition text, dating from 1729, recounts in Latin and German the burlesque scenes and amorous tales of the Commedia dell’Arte. The text is accompanied by twelve engravings illustrating the narrative. The illustrations were drawn by Johann Jacob Schübler (1689-1741) and engraved on copper by Johann Balthasar Probst for this work. Drawings and etchings such as these were the inspiration for figurines produced by Meissen. These particular engravings also served as models for a series of ten porcelain figures, designed around 1765 by Wenzel Neu for the porcelain factory of Kloster Veilsdorf.

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Publication details:

Amor, vehementer quidem flagrans; artificiose tamen celatus, de Pantalonis custodiaque triumphans, intentato certamine prudentum stultorum. Sive Arlechin viva pictura ridiculesque Cupido.

Die war hefftig entflammte/Doch aber füftlich verborgene und über Pantalons Kufficht Triumphirende Amor, den angeftelltem Bett : Streit fluger Phantaften oder Arlechin das lebendige Bemahlde und lȁcherl Cupido.

Folio with 13 sheets, 12 engravings, paperback, untrimmed edges, contemporary marbled paper cover. Leather-trimmed chemise and slipcase. (Augsburg, the heirs of Jeremias Wolff, Johann Balthazar Probst, Johann Jacob Schubler, 1729.)

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New in – Murrina Vasa, A Luxury of Imperial Rome

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‘Murrhine’ vases; a study and survey of 312 surviving Agate and Chalcedony vases of antiquity, both whole and fragmentary, frequently in Medieval and later mounts. This  publication also includes a survey of the sources of hardstone and an appendix on glass imitations of ‘Murrhine’ vases.

Details:

  • Murrina Vasa, A Luxury of Imperial Rome
  • Dario del Bufalo
  • L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016
  • Text in English and Italian
  • 204 pages with over 400 illustrations predominantly in colour
  • Hardback, 28.5 x 21.5 cm
  • 9788891309976
  • £125

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Other recent publications to complement this title include:

 

Splendida Minina; wonderful  miniature precious hardstone carvings from the Medici Collections.

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Details:

  • Splendida Minima. Piccole Sculture Preziose dalle Collezioni Medicee. dalla Tribuna di Francesco i De’ Medici al Tesoro Granducale.
  • ValentinaConticelli, Riccardo Gennaioli, Fabrizio Paolucci
  • Florence, Museo degli Argenti, 2016
  • Text in Italian
  • 320 pages, fully illustrated
  • Paperback, 28 x 22 cm
  • 9788883478772
  • £45

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Luxus; an extensive study of ancient Greek and Roman artistry, which explores some of the most notable artefacts created from an assortment of luxury materials – hard stones (intaglios, vessels, cameos, and sculptures), precious metals (gold and silver), and organic materials (amber, pearls, coral, wood, ivory and textiles).

Details:

  • Luxus: The Sumptuous Arts of Greece and Rome
  • Kenneth Lapatin
  • Yale University Press, 2015
  • 296 pages with 243 colour illustrations
  • Hardback, 28.4 x 23.7 cm
  • 9781606064221
  • £50

 

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New In! Les Collections de Monsieur Frère de Louis XIV

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Traces the evolution and use of French silverware in the time of Louis XIV, as represented in the now dispersed collection of silverware, jewellery and precious metal of his brother, Philippe d’Orléans, here reconstructed through the study of private archives and inventories, with previously unpublished objects and new research on the French national collections.

By Paul Micio, Somogy, 2014, 360 pages, with 220 illustrations and a CD-Rom, Hard cover, 32 x 24 cms, text in French, £45

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Available now: Art, Music and Spectacle in the Age of Rubens

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A publication documenting the events and festivities around the triumphal entry of the new govenor, Ferdinand, brother of King Philip IV of Spain, into Antwerp in 1635. Amongst them, performances, music and political speeches held on nine richly onamented individual stages, designed by Rubens and executed by an eclectic group of artists in situ, such as Jacob Jordaens and Jan van den Hoecke.

Knaap, A. and Putnam, M.:  Art, Music and Spectacle in the Age of Rubens.  Turnhout: 2013. 351 pages, 203 b/w illustrations, 35 colour illustrations + CD. Hardback.

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New publication on Islamic arms and armour: Presentation arms from Algier to Tunis

Gold and Coral: Presentation arms from Algier to Tunis, by Niels Arthur Andersen

An in-depth survey of the Islamic arms and armour presented to Western kings and rulers in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, now housed in museum and private collections in Europe and America. Each is fully catalogued with provenance and detailed colour illustrations.

Gold & Coral

Copenhagen: 2014. 256 pages, fully illustrated in colour. 17.5 x 24.5cms.

ISBN:9788790975173

Price: £ 72.00

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