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Davis, John, Antique Garden Ornament, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, Antique Collector's Club Ltd., 1991, first edition, thick 4to (10.25" x 8"), HB in dj, green cloth boards w/ gilt titles & color photo endpapers in a color photo dj, VG+ / VG+. Light shelfwear.

389 pp., 446 b/w illustrations, 102 in color. Subtitled: "300 Years of Creativity, Artists, Manufacturers & Materials" "Since the seventeenth century ornaments have been important features in British gardens. At first the fashion was for classical and traditional subjects, often based on their classical counterparts. Over the years, however, other themes were introduced, including rustic figures, vases, fountains and furniture." An historical suyrvey of garden ornament from the 17th through the 20th century, presented in separate sections by material: lead, stone, bronze, marble and cast iron. The working techniques of the modellers and manufacturers are discussed in detail as well as some of the gardens in which the finest examples may be found (primarily in Britain).     [Book ID # 1827]


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