Antiques & Collectables
The Antiques Roadshow has been a staple of BBC television for 40 years now and is fully deserving of its status as a national institution. This coffee table book celebrates the most incredible finds and stories from the flagship show.
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Paul Atterbury and Marc Allum look back at some of the quintessential moments from the history of the show, revealing hidden secrets and celebrating some of the timeless and priceless finds including 23 original Beatrix Potter drawings, a poignant letter written by a doomed passenger on the Titanic and Marc Bolan of '70s glam rockers T. Rex's Flying V Gibson guitar.
Beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs throughout, this hardback is a wonderful keepsake of the enduring show's extraordinary objects (including paintings, merchandise and tools) and most memorable moments.
Art Deco is one of the most iconic and impressive design styles of all time and this book provides a celebration of the glamour of the Jazz Age.
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Classic yet contemporary, Art Deco remains a popular theme today and this stylish book looks at how designers and craftsmen used natural and man-made materials in innovative ways to produce the elegant pieces that defined the 1920s and 1930s.
Judith Miller, an antiques expert, explores the key makers and pieces from the Art Deco era and explains what you should be looking for as a collector. From furniture to sculptures and prints to rugs, it's illustrated with over 700 stunning photographs.
Showcasing 80 of the most famous paintings and sculptures of all time, What Makes Great Art is a handy pocket guide that provides would-be art aficionados with a guide to why these pieces of art have inspired so much acclaim and respect.
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Ideal for anyone who loves art, Andy Pankhurst and Lucinda Hawksley look at projects from many different eras and of various styles - from Expression and Beauty to Realism and Form. There are also chapters based on Symbolism, Distortion and Erotic artwork.
Whether the paintings owe their greatness to the composition or colour, provide an insight into a human subject or convey a message in an effective manner, this book covers it. Among the famous pieces covered are Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Claude Monet's Impression: Sunrise and Jackson Pollock's Mural.
Please note that What Makes Great Art contains a chapter dedicated to Erotic art.
Although this book features Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring on its cover, there is no information inside about this painting. There are, however, intricate details about 80 of the most iconic pieces of artwork ever created.
From the world-famous Eastman House comes a lavish, expansive guide to nearly 200 years of photographic invention and innovation. Richly visual and wonderfully informative, it showcases 500 groundbreaking cameras from the museum's collection that forever changed our perception of the world and of ourselves. Todd Gustavson, curator of technology at the George Eastman House, organises the cameras into genealogical categories, from detective to digital, stereo to sub-miniature. Alongside the 35mm, you'll see curiosities like stereoscopic cameras, postcard cameras and spy cameras hidden in watches, buttons and fountain pens. Essays by experts in the field, including Robert Shanebrook, Martin Scott and Mark Osterman, trace the technological development of the camera and provide insight into the innovators behind the lens.
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England - perhaps more than anywhere - is home to many excellent vintage and antiques fairs, from sprawling events attracting buyers from around the world to smaller local markets, from high-end affairs selling fine furniture, porcelain, silver and paintings to more modest gatherings offering everyday collectables and vintage. This guide provides comprehensive information about forty of the best regularly held fairs across England, offering practical advice on visiting, tips on how to bargain and what to see, eat and do nearby. It is a book for everyone interested in the market experience, antiques-loving or vintage-obsessed, dealers or dabblers.
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Miller's Collectables Handbook & Price Guide 2016-2017 is the up-to-date guide to the collectables market no dealer, collector or auctioneer should be without. Featuring more than 4,000 objects in full colour, each with a detailed description and current price range, the book also offers what those in the know look for - how to spot that rare example that may be worth twenty times more than another piece. Meanwhile, in-depth Closer Look features explain what to look for when appraising everything from 20th century glass to costume jewellery. Every image is changed for every edition to keep the book up-to-date with collecting and buying trends. Miller's Collectables Handbook & Price Guide 2016-2017 is the only full-colour, fully-illustrated collectables price guide in the world. Comprehensive sections cover advertising, books, ceramics, glass, metalware, pens and writing equipment, plastics and Bakelite, posters, rock and pop, sporting memorabilia, teddy bears, toys and games and vintage fashion. This year, special sections focus on Goss & Crested china, affordable jewellery, Hornsea ceramics and Szeiler figurines. In-depth features explain why one piece is worth more than another, show how to value an item and teach you to be your own expert - this book is the essential eBay companion! Biographies of designers and factories give the background information you need to help date and value objects.
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Not just a look at the art of record cover design Record covers are a sign of our life and times. Like the music on the discs, they address such issues as love, life, death, fashion, and rebellion. For music fans the covers are the expression of a period, of a particular time in their lives. Many are works of art and have become as famous as the music they stand for--Andy Warhol's covers, for example, including the banana he designed for The Velvet Underground. This edition of "Record Covers" presents a selection of the best '60s to '90s rock album covers from music archivist, disc jockey, journalist, and former record-publicity executive Michael Ochs's enormous private collection. Both a trip down memory lane and a study in the evolution of cover art, this is a sweeping look at an underappreciated art form.
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This beautifully illustrated book celebrates some of the best-loved dolls' houses from the V&A Museum of Childhood. Published to accompany a new exhibition, Dolls' Houses presents specially commissioned photography detaling the astonishing skill and craftsmanship required to create these homes in miniature scale. The book invites you to take a close-up look at the most interesting and historically significant examples of this absorbing craft, from the exquisite Nuremburg House of 1673, to the brightly coloured twenty- first century Kaleidoscope House. From lavish country mansions to cosy suburban villas, it explores the houses' fascinating roles as both domestic teaching aids and records of contemporary lifestyle, and gives unique insights into the world of their owners.
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The Art of Fine Gifts: a new title in our bestselling large format series, Street Art is a fantastic foray into the unique and extremely creative world of this art form. The explosion of graffiti-styled street art in the early 1980s has continued to be a popular form of self-expression. By choosing public places to display their artwork, artists can achieve a more direct communication with the public, as opposed to being confined to the more formal art world. This exciting new book includes over 170 photographs of expressive and unconventional street art images from around the world, as well as a fascinating discussion of the styles, techniques and inspirations of both infamous artists and unknown talents. From mind-boggling illusions to satirical depictions, this book will have you looking on in awe.
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A Galaxy...of Epic Toys! When Star Wars landed in movie theaters in 1977, it became a popular cultural phenomenon and introduced the world to heroes like Luke Skywalker, super villain Darth Vader, Wookies, Stormtroopers, robots, Jedi Knights, space vehicles and lightsabers. The adventures continued with a toy line that soon followed, starting a hobby that still leaves collectors fascinated almost 40 years later. The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures 1977-1985 is the definitive reference to vintage action figures, accessories, creatures, playsets and vehicles. Written by nationally renowned toy expert Mark Bellomo, the book features current values on the secondary market and 600+ beautiful color photographs.
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Vintage Home is both a practical collector's guide - what to look out for - and a celebration of the period. It covers both serious and costly designer creations, which sell in major auction houses worldwide, and cheerful mass-produced kitsch, which you can pick up in car boot sales, charity shops, flea markets and yard sales. It looks at objects from around the world that were made for every taste and budget. Designers in the twentieth century were driven by the possibilities of mass-production and excited by the host of new materials. The period is also infused with the importance of women after the First World War and the emergence of a youth culture, and the new market for modern, fashionable goods from the 1950s onward. Where the older generation were used to 'make do and mend', the young embraced wholeheartedly the disposable society. They replaced the old with something new and fashionable, a taste epitomised by colourful plastic furniture and paper dresses. The consequence is a fabulous array of every type of object for the collector.
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An all-in-one guide to every kind of jewel, gem and semi-precious stone there is, this is a very lavish and beautifully presented book - complete with a flocked jacket.
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Published by DK, it is packed with spectacular photographs, intriguing overviews of the stones' histories and some incredible true-life stories. It takes an up-close look at the world's most extravagant and famous jewellery including the Koh-i-Noor, Faberege eggs and the Hope diamond.
A sumptuous celebration of the treasures of the Earth, this is a brilliant book for anyone who is fascinated by gemstones, mineral and metals.
From design classics by famous names such as Eames and Aalto to quirky fleamarket finds or lucky eBay purchases, mid-century collectibles have never been more readily accessible. Living with Mid-Century Collectibles provides a fascinating insight into this fertile design period and the many collecting opportunities that it offers up. First, the introduction introduces the period while Chapter 1: The Mid-Century Look, identifies the various characteristics of the look. Next, Chapter 2: Mid-Century Collectibles explores the elements of the style: furniture, lighting, textiles, tableware and decorative items. Chapter 3: Living with Mid-Century Collectibles showcases locations around the world where pieces are used in interiors with great success and finally, a Collecting Guide advises both the novice and more experienced collector on what to collect and where to buy it.
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Wearing a watch is not just about time: it is also a passion. This richly illustrated book is a true watch-lover's bible and a panoramic tour of one thousand iconic watches at once. It explores the emblematic brands, the complex mechanisms and beautiful designs that show the watch-makers' skills and dedication to perfection. From the great classics to modern masterpieces through to more affordable timepieces, there is something to delight everyone. A must-have for collectors and for anyone who has ever wished to stop time.French journalist Vincent Daveau writes for professional watchmaking magazines and daily newspapers such as Le Monde.
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Since their debut in 1978, LEGO minifigures have become the most iconic piece of the wildly popular toy line. Although small in stature, minifigures stand particularly tall as hot collector items. How hot? Consider the rare Mr. Gold (shown on the front cover), who has sold for $1,500 on the secondary market. Beautifully illustrated and amusing to page through, The Collectible LEGO Minifigure reveals why these pint-sized plastic powerhouses are the driving force in the LEGO Universe, whether collected for fun or profit. Featuring:* Up-to-date secondary-market prices for new and used minifigures from 2000 to present* Hundreds of the most significant and valuable minifigures priced and highlighted* More than 20 top categories of valuable LEGO minifigures organized by theme, including Adventurers, Batman, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Super Heroes* Hundreds of full-color photos* Useful tips for collecting, investment, and detecting counterfeits
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It is a collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a striking "Vogue" cover. From early aspirational illustrations to modern celebrity photography, this is a stunning selection of "Vogue's" most dazzling images. Since its launch in 1892, "Vogue" has brought sophistication to its readers around the world. Early illustrations from artists including George Wolfe Plank, Olive Tilton, Pierre Brissaud, and Eduardo Garcia Benito saw ethereal figures of fantasy develop into red-lipped flappers, and as colour photographs began to appear, the women transformed again: from Surrealist images by Horst P. Horst to 'women in the life of the moment', captured by Irving Penn. From the fifties onwards, "Vogue" women became more accessible still, as models and stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Cindy Crawford, and Cher, with their own distinct personalities, appeared through the lenses of Richard Avedon and Snowdon. "Vogue" covers now are the epitome of style and beauty, with such illustrious photographers as Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, and Patrick Demarchelier photographing stars like Lady Gaga, Kirsten Dunst, and Kate Moss, celebrating female icons across modern culture.
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In 1838 Thomas Edmondson, an employee of the fledgling Newcastle & Carlisle Railway, revolutionized the ticket issuing process in Britain and left an enduring legacy: the Edmondson ticket. Purchased as proof of the contract between passenger and railway company, the ticket was a receipt, travel pass and an ephemeral record of almost every train journey ever taken in the British Isles, reflecting the nostalgia of the railways and a period of history when the movement of millions of people brought together England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The railways printed millions of tickets for every conceivable journey and category of passenger. Most were destroyed after use, but remarkably many survive, in the care of libraries, museums and collectors, and form the basis of a fascinating hobby.
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Whether you are buying at auction, flea market or antique shop this is the book you need to identify and date what you find. More than 6,000 marks are organized for quick, at-a-glance reference with full-colour sections on silver, Sheffield plate, bronze figures, ceramics, glass, costume jewellery, toys and dolls.
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Miller's Field Guides are an invaluable resource for collectors when out buying items at antiques shops, auctions or car boot fairs. They provide a fast and accurate way to recognize, identify and date antiques. In each book a simple question-and-answer checklist is provided for a wide range of key items, teaching you what to look for as well how to spot a fake or a copy. There are price codes throughout, plus concise information on makers, factories, identifying marks and the factors that affect the value of the piece. In Art Deco, Antiques Roadshow experts Judith Miller and Eric Knowles explore the ever popular field of Art Deco furniture, glass, ceramics, sculpture, metalwork, jewellery and textiles.
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From primitive pieces to elegant modernity, this is the definitive guide to 3,000 years of furniture design. It is a glorious encyclopedia from expert Judith Miller, a regular guest on the BBC's "Antiques Roadshow", showcasing more than 3,000 years of design. From primitive pieces to elegant modernity, this definitive guide illustrates every style and form. Packed with tips on how to recognise the key elements of each period and featuring lavish, full-colour photographs throughout. With a special foreword by furniture designer and manufacturer David Linley.
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This title offer an illustrated account of classical Greek buildings, sculptures and paintings, that are shown in 200 glorious photographs and drawings. It includes an authoritative exploration of ancient Greek civilization, architecture and style, sculpture, painting and mosaics. It provides a spectacular visual study of iconic Greek buildings and temples, including the Parthenon and the Acropolis, the Sanctuary of Delphi and the great temples of Olympia. It contains an examination of the Doric, Ionian and Corinthian Orders that influenced the development of great Western architecture from medieval times to the present day. It helps you learn about the sculptors from Pheidias and Polycritus to Praxiteles and Lysippus, and their creations including the Riace bronzes, the Delphi Charioteer, the Farnese Hercules and the Laocoon statue. This title includes over 250 glorious photographs, illustrations and diagrams bring the ancient cities of Athens, Corinth and Sparta to life and reveal the pioneering brilliance of classical Greek art and architecture. This fascinating book explores the importance of art and architecture in the world's first classical civilization, charting the ancient cities from their first foundations to the creation of their towering temples. The first half of this book analyses the rise of Greek architecture from its Minoan roots to the creation of that most perfect temple, the Parthenon. The second part of this book covers the skill of ancient Greek sculptors and artists, and looks in detail at their techniques. An insightful text plus over 250 photographs, illustrations and maps make this book an indispensable resource on classical Greek art and architecture for both the specialist and general reader.
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Perhaps no individual is more associated with the 20th century art deco revival than Russian-born French artist and designer, Erte. Although his talent spanned many creative fields, Erte is perhaps best-known for his theatre and fashion designs, which were often later translated into beautiful silkscreen prints. Few can fail to be charmed by Symphony in Black, one of his most famous designs depicting a slender figure walking her dog. Throughout his lifetime Erte designed over 200 covers for Harper's Bazaar and his works have been reproduced and copied countless times since, oozing a timeless air of class and sophistication. Combining fresh and thoughtful text and beautiful illustrations, including jewellery and sculpture inspired by his two-dimensional designs, this coffee-table book is the definitive Erte companion.
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Prior to the invention of the printing press, all books had to be written by hand. Manuscripts are the beautiful manifestation of this craft, and the most precious and expensive of such manuscripts were 'illuminated' through the use of brightly coloured pigments and gold embellishments. Beginning with a fresh and thoughtful introduction to illuminated manuscripts, Illuminated Manuscripts Masterpieces of Art goes on to showcase key works in this stunning artistic genre.
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'Future needs heritage' - these were the words with which German philosopher Odo Marquard summarised his insight that the new world cannot exist without the legacy of the old one. The same words aptly describe the quintessence of Reinhard Meis' work devoted to A. Lange & Sohne, probably Germany's most famous watch brand. With his profoundly detailed knowledge, the author builds a bridge from the grand heritage of the brand in the 19th century to its current eminence at the pinnacle of international precision watchmaking. Reinhard Meis invested eight years to thoroughly revise his standard work dedicated to the horological legend from Dresden. In a fourth, significantly expanded edition, it is now being presented by the Munich-based Callwey publishing house as a two-volume treatise entitled 'A. Lange & Sohne - Great Timepieces from Saxony'. Meis' book describes the complete history of the Lange watchmaking dynasty from Dresden and its timepieces, from the early beginnings in the 19th century to the present. With 916 pages and more than 2700 illustrations, mostly in colour, the scope of the book has more than doubled versus the prior edition, assuming truly encyclopaedic proportions. The text and the images testify to the author's expertise. In particular, the authoritatively annotated pictures are a treasure trove of information for the global community of Lange fans. Never before have the coveted collectors' watches been anthologised so comprehensively. Entitled 'A Momentous Century - The Glashutte Watch Industry 1845-1945', the first volume constitutes a sociopolitical and historic foundation. It provides an account of the early days of precision horology in Saxony and features biographies of famous watchmakers who worked in Dresden, among them Johann Gottfried Kohler, Johann Heinrich Seyffert, Johann Friedrich Schumann, and Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes, Ferdinand A. Lange's apprentice master and mentor. In detail, the author portrays watch manufactories, watchmaking workshops and suppliers, and the German School of Watchmaking in Glashutte. The result is a vivid picture of Saxony's watchmaking industry after the Lange manufactory was established in 1845. The second volume, entitled 'A. Lange & Sohne - The Watchmakers of Dresden', tells the story of Ferdinand A. Lange's life from his beginnings as a watchmaker in Dresden and the incorporation of the first manufactory to his ingenuity in mechanical design and his dedication to social causes. Tracing the brand's heyday under the auspices of Ferdinand's sons Richard and Emil, Reinhard Meis describes the subsequent expropriation of the manufactory after World War II and its re-establishment as Lange Uhren GmbH by Walter Lange, a member of the founding family's fourth generation. A compendium of current timepieces from the LANGE 1 to the LANGE ZEITWERK forms the conclusion of the second volume and corroborates the role of A. Lange & Sohne as one of the pacemakers of Europe's horological culture in the 21st century.
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