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Western Decorative Arts

Western Decorative Arts

Volume 1

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Part of The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue

  • Author: Alison Luchs, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Alison Luchs, Philippe Verdier, Daphne S. Barbour, Shelley G. Sturman, Timothy H. Wilson, Pamela B. Vandiver, Rudolf Distelberger
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  • Date Published: June 1994
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 1995
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521470681

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  • This volume is one of several that examines the National Gallery of Art's distinguished collection of decorative arts. (The second volume will be published in 1996.) The group treated here is composed primarily of works acquired from the Widener Collection, and amplified by holdings acquired from the Kress family. Included are more than eighty Medieval, Renaissance, and later historic objects in a wide variety of media, encompassing metalwork, stained glass, enamels, ceramics, and jewels. Among the highlights are a Limoges reliquary chasse, a Mosan lion aquamanile, thirty-eight pieces in a remarkable cohesive group of Italian maiolica, three of the very rare pottery objects known as 'Saint-Porchaire', and, the centerpiece of the collection, the Suger chalice, an ancient sardonyx cup to which the Abbot Suger added a bejewelled golden setting in the twelfth century. Like other volumes in the Systematic Catalogue of the National Gallery of Art Collections,Western Decorative Arts includes a thoroughly researched entry for each object, together with an artist biography, up-to-date bibliography, and a technical analysis.

    • Focuses on medieval and Renaissance decorative arts, a little-known aspect of the National Gallery of Art's collection
    • Includes a major section on Renaissance ceramics and ground-breaking study on nineteenth-century goldsmith Alfred André
    • Technical appendices on enamels and Saint-Porchair ceramics shed scientific light on craftsmanship
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ' … a thought-provoking contextual study which represents a significant step forward in the art-historical appraisal of Tullio Lombardo, as well as of Venetian Renaissance sculpture as a whole. It is certainly one of the most rewarding books published recently in this field.' Joachim Strupp, The Art Book

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521470681
    • length: 357 pages
    • dimensions: 294 x 226 x 32 mm
    • weight: 2.039kg
    • contains: 249 b/w illus. 64 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 1995
  • Table of Contents

    Medieval metalwork and enamels Alison Luchs and Philippe Verdier
    Late Medieval and Renaissance decorative arts Alison Luchs
    Renaissance enamels Philippe Verdier
    Technical appendix I: The enamels Daphne S. Barbour and Shelley G. Sturman
    Renaissance ceramics Timothy H. Wilson
    Technical appendix II: The 'Saint-Porchaire' ceramics Daphne S. Barbour, Shelley G. Sturman and Pamela B. Vandiver
    Jewels Rudolf Distelberger.

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    Alison Luchs, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC


    Alison Luchs, Philippe Verdier, Daphne S. Barbour, Shelley G. Sturman, Timothy H. Wilson, Pamela B. Vandiver, Rudolf Distelberger

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