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1 The Cambridge Library Of Ornamental Art: Arabian Ornament: From The 12th To The 18th Century.
Gallery Books, New York: 1991. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New. 
The examples in this volume cover seven centuries of Islamic ornamental work: wall tiles and ceriling decorations, floor mosaics, carpets, textiles, the interiors of mosques, and the richly splendid pages of illuminated Korans. There is an historical introduction to the development of Arabian decorative arts and a descriptive contents list. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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2 The Cambridge Library Of Ornamental Art: Renaissance Ornament - From The 15th To The 17th Century.
Gallery Books, New York: 1991. 0831739347 / 9780831739348 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
The examples in these pages cover some two hundred years of this optimistic and expansive era. They include not only decorative painting and illumination, but also stoneware, pottery, enameling, tapestries, carpet-weaving, wood-mosaics, inlaid marble, metalwork, block printing, and typography. There is a detailed descriptive index to all the various elements within the plates, and an introduction exploring the backgrounds and lines of development of the major decorative techniques and focuses of interest during this important period of European history. 
Price: 17.05 USD
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3 FEARRINGTON, FLORENCE (EXHIBITION CURATED BY). Rooms Of Wonder: From Wunderkammer To Museum, 1599-1899.
Oak Knoll Press, New Castle / The British Library, London: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
First edition, second printing with some corrections. The German term "Wunderkammer" refers to a room full of wondrous things, objects noteworthy for their beauty, or their rarity, or their curious nature, or their artistic, scholarly, or monetary value. Wunderkammers originated as private collections in the 16th century, and proliferated throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, but began to decline when a more systematic approach to the accumulation of natural and man-made objects gave rise to our modern museums of art, culture, and natural history. Published to accompany the exhibition "Rooms of Wonder: from Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599-1899," the book focuses on the beautiful and elaborately illustrated catalogues produced by collectors over three hundred years to celebrate their "cabinets of curiosities." Introduction by Florence Fearrington, followed by detailed descriptions for the nearly 140 items on show, most drawn from a private collection, with additional loans from the American Antiquarian Society, the Getty Research Institute Library, and Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities. Includes index. Minion, Requiem, and Augustea Open types; designed by Jerry Kelly. 
Price: 23.99 USD
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4 GARNIER-PELLE, NICOLE; FORRAY-CARLIER, ANNE & ANSELM, MARIE CHRISTINE. The Monkeys Of Christophe Huet: Singeries In French Decorative Arts.
Getty Publications, Los Angeles: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Although monkeys had been used to mimic man and his foibles in the margins of medieval illuminated manuscripts, a taste for depictions of elegant monkeys developed among the French aristocracy at the end of the seventeenth century. This delightful book traces the evolution of the monkey motif into a distinct genre known as singerie (from the French word "singe" meaning monkey) during the exuberant Rococo period. The designer and engraver Jean Bˇrain (1640-1711) was the first to insert monkeys into scenes of Renaissance grotesque decoration, surrounding them with scrolling foliage, fantastical creatures, and Chinese motifs. Claude Audran III (1658-1734) developed this style further with his satirical wall painting of monkeys at Louis XIV's Ch‰teau de Marly. But it was Christophe Huet (1700-1759), an acclaimed painter of animals, who produced the best-known surviving examples of singeries for the Ch‰teau de Chantilly north of Paris. Huet's life and work is the focus of this book. In his whimsical paintings monkeys, acting as surrogates for the ch‰teau's aristocratic occupants and guests, are shown singing and dancing, bathing, hunting boar, and sledding on the frozen lake. Huet's work is placed in context through an examination of lesser-known interiors with singeries decoration as well as monkey motifs in the decorative arts ranging from tapestries and teapots to furniture mounts and fireplace accessories. Nicole Garnier-Pelle is curator in charge of cultural heritage at the Condˇ Museum in Chantilly, France. Anne Forray-Carlier is chief curator at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. Marie Christine Anselm is an art historian specializing in harpsichords and their 
Price: 47.50 USD
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Abbeville Press, New York, London, Paris: 1994. 1558598219 / 9781558598218 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket and slipcase. Very good condition. 
A lavishly illustrated, comprehensive volume devoted to the study of the decorative arts around the world from the late fifteenth century to the early twentieth century. Illustrated with more than eight hundred images, some five hundred in full color. Translated into English from the French by John Goodman. 
Price: 94.24 USD
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6 HOLZENBERG, ERIC. Three Gold Bezants, Three Silver Stars: The Arms Of The Grolier Club, 1884-1984.
Grolier Club Books, New York: 1999. h Hardcover, no dustjacket (as issued). Brand new book. 
The arms of Jean Grolier are extremely recognizable in book collecting. He used them on bindings, opening leafs, and other leafs of his texts. Now, visitors to the Grolier Club see Jean Grolier's arms in carved stone at the Street entrance, in plaster over the fireplace, and in various other places throughout the Club. This book has divided the Grolier arms into two categories: the Grolier arms used in publications and the arms used in ex libris. They are roughly grouped chronologically by date of original publication and each illustration is accompanied by a short explanation of when the device first appeared, and by whom it was designed. It contains a history of the arms of the Grolier Club since 1884, and Kit Currie provides a prefatory essay titled, "The Arms of Jean Grolier." The book includes 22 illustrations, many printed from the original blocks, with three tipped in bookplates. A preface by Eric Holzenberg, club publications, and club bookplates are also presented. It was written in Herman Zapf's Renaissance roman and italic types. Design and typography were by Jerry Kelly. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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7 LISTER, FLORENCE C. & ROBERT H; GAVIN, ROBIN FARWELL (FOREWORD). Maiolica Olˇ: Spanish And Mexican Decorative Traditions Featuring The Collection Of The Museum Of International Folk Art.
Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Explores and celebrates Spanish traditional ceramics, or maiolica, of Old and New Spain. Renowned ceramic expert Florence C. Lister and archaeologist Robert H. Lister study one hundred and forty-four examples of historical maiolica in the first analysis of its kind tracing the decorative styles, influences and innovations in a ceramic tradition that is almost a millennium old. For four decades, Florence C. Lister for four decades has been involved with ceramic studies throughout the Southwest and the Spanish world. Her late husband, Robert H. Lister, was a renowned archaeologist. Together the two co-authored many books including Sixteenth Century Maiolica Pottery in the Valley of Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 1982) and Andalusian Ceramics in Spain and New Spain (University of Arizona Press, 1987). "The book presents 144 pieces from the Museum of New Mexico's ceramics collection, tracing the development of majolica in Spain and colonial Mexico from the 17th to the 19th century. This richly illustrated volume will be equally at home in the specialist's library and on the coffee table." -- Archaeology 
Price: 30.64 USD
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8 LORING, JOHN. A Tiffany Christmas.
Doubleday and Company, Inc., New York: 1996. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
A splendid visual and verbal holiday feast celebrating the traditions, legends, and festivities of the holiday season in America and Abroad. A treasury of exceptionally beautiful photographic images of celebratory table settings and decorations collected by Tiffany & Co. over the previous decade, A Tiffany Christmas also offers a delightful blend of holiday stories, decorating and craft ideas, historical perspectives, and a wealth of much-loved and lovable quotations, tips on entertaining, recipes, menus, and great ideas on holiday table decorations. 
Price: 71.20 USD
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9 MILLER, M STEPHEN. Inspired Innovations: A Celebration Of Shaker Ingenuity.
University Press of New England, Hanover: 2010. First Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
An exploration of the Shakers' innovative spirit that informed their legendary craftsmanship and led to a broad array of creations Since the late eighteenth century, Shakers have exerted an influence on our nation wholly disproportionate to the size of their communities. Their approach has helped shape everything from craftsmanship and ingenuity to concepts of communal living and work ethic. And while much of our modern-day fascination with the United Society of Shakers centers upon their unique attention to craftsmanship, the innovative spirit they brought to simple, Godly living is indeed the most timeless aspect of their legacy. From their earliest days, the Shakers have depended on innovations of every sort to secure their place in a world that was, initially, hostile to their so-called "peculiar" beliefs: community, celibacy, and primitive Christianity. These innovations included improvements, adaptations, refinements, and inventions. Inspired Innovations is the first book devoted to this widely acknowledged but long neglected aspect of Shakerism. A group of thirteen distinguished Shaker scholars, led by M. Stephen Miller, presents in this lavishly illustrated volume their research on the many "zones" of innovation that are considered here. Historians Scott T. Swank, Glendyne R. Wergland, and Stephen J. Paterwic "set the table" for a feast of words and images. The book features 350 full-color images, complete with descriptive captions and technical data. 
Price: 33.20 USD
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10 NEWDICK, JANE. The Five - Minute Flower Arranger.
Crown Publishers, New York: 1989. Fifth Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Ideas, tips, step-by-step instructions, and inspiration for pretty and sophisticated flower arrangements you can create in five minutes. 
Price: 7.70 USD
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11 SALM, BETSY KRIEG. Women's Painted Furniture 1790-1830: American Schoolgirl Art.
University Press of New England: 2010. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Beautifully illustrated, comprehensive study of women's painted furniture, a long-lost art that sheds light on women's lives in the early republic In this long-awaited tribute to women's painted furniture, author and artist Betsy Krieg Salm rediscovers a style of early American decorative art still largely unknown to curators, antique dealers, art historians, and the public. She documents the socioeconomic, cultural, and aesthetic history of the form, which includes such items as sewing and work boxes, face screens, and tables. Salm carefully chronicles the process itself, describing a selection of cabinetmakers, woods, varnishes, and paints, along with the specific tools and techniques used by women artists. Salm analyzes the styles, designs, and patterns of more than two hundred pieces. Treating these objects as documents of women's daily lives, she shows the close relationship between painted furniture motifs and those of needlework and other decorative arts of the period. Thanks to her scholarship, this art form may now receive the recognition it deserves in the broader genre of American women's art. Women's Painted Furniture presents a comprehensive collection of images, most of which are not available elsewhere. Primary sources include recipes, patterns, genealogies of artisans, chemical analyses of antiques, instructions in methods and technique, and the original, mainly English, sources of artistic inspiration for painters and needle workers. 
Price: 57.00 USD
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12 WILSON, JOSE & LEAMAN, ARTHUR Decorating Defined: A Dictionary Of Decoration And Design.
Simon and Schuster, Inc., New York: 1970. 0671205250 / 9780671205256 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
1400 definitions in clear untechnical language take the mystery out of terms that are often puzzling. 450 illustrations depict in photographs and drawings the world of decorating and design, past and present, international and Ameriican. 
Price: 18.86 USD
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