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Books and materials relating to the applied arts after WWI; their use in architecture & interior design; the design of handworked and manufactured objects including: ceramics, metalwork, wood, jewelry, textiles, glass, furniture, graphics, clocks & watches, toys, leather, etc.

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Hughes, Graham, Modern Silver Throughout the World: 1880-1967, New York, Crown Publishers, Inc., 1967, first edition, 4to (10.875" x 9"), HB in dj, black cloth boards w/ silver gilt spine titles & decorative endpapers in white & turquoise wraps w/ b&w photo illus, VG / G+. Prev owner's sig to front pastedown, hinges open, edges worn, corners exposed. DJ price-clipped, yellowed, edges worn, extremities chipped, tape across spine & around top rear corner..

256 pp, 480 illustrations, 12 in color. This was the first book to examine the evolution of silver design from 19th century to its modern expressions in the mid 20th century.

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"This book…covers the evolution of modern design from nineteenth-century copies, through art nouveau and the conscious pursuit of novelty, through the reaction to the cold functionalism of the 1930s, to the present flowering of imagination. During the past ninety years the ancient craft of silver has changed on the one hand to sophisticated industrial design, on the other to uninhibited art, a means of expression for painters and sculptors. Charles Rennie Mackintosh of Scotland, Henry van de Velde and Peter Behrens on the Continent, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, who changed the taste of America in New York, are some of the giants of the turn of the century, who are now again becoming world famous, and whose work is treated in detail. More recently George Jensen and Sigurd Persson in Denmark and Sweden, Gerald Benney in England, Burch-Korrodi in Switzerland, have helped to transform silversmithing from craft into art and their magnificent contribution are discussed at length. Sources of metal, methods of manufacture and sale, the rise of art education during the Bauhaus and the modern technical colleges are all put in the context of creative modern design. The invention of electro-plating and of stainless steel is covered in detail. Much of the material has never before been in print, and the histories of 232 leading designers and firms all over the world will be particular useful.With 480 illustrations, 12 in colour, this is a worthy companion to the author’s standard Modern Jewelry and his small paperback Jewelry.”


Training and Technique;
Genesis and Exodus;
Stainless Steel;
Patrons and Design;

Designers, manufacturers, and artists whose works are included:

David-Andersen, Just Anderson, Friedrich Becker, Brian Asquith, Ainar Axelsson, W. A. S. Benson, Peter Behrens, L’Orfevrerie Christofle, J. E. Caldwell & Co., Mario Buccellati, James Dixon & Sons, Karl Dittert, Margret Craver, Carl. M. Cohr, Sigurd Alf Eriksen, Firmin & Sons, Elkington, Christopher Dresser, Arthur Gaskin, Eric Gill, Gustav Gaudernack, Georges Fouquet, Bertel Gardberg, Garrard & Company, Hans Hansen, Handy & Harman, Hamilton & Inches, Gorham, William Hutton & Sons, Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstatte, Saara Hopea, Jul Hugler, Grete Prytz Korsmo, Henning Koppel, Georg Jensen, Hermann Junger, Samuel Kirk & Sons, Anni and Bent Knudsen, Liberty & Company, Anton Michelsen, David Mellor, Gilbert Marks, Eric Magnussen, Linz, Oneida Ltd., Josef Maria Olbrich, Olle Ohlsson, Harald Nielsen, Keith Murray, Inger Moller, Jean Puiforcat, Omar Ramsden, Mario Pinton, John Pinches Ltd., Saglier Freres, Joseph Rogers & Sons, Reinhold Reiling, Reed & Barton, Torun Bulow Hube, David Thomas, Harold Stabler, Shreve, Otto Wagner, Viners of Sheffield, Jacob Tostrop, Bjorn Weckstrom, Philippe Wolfers, Tapio Wirkkala, H. J. Wilm, Herbert Zeitner, WMF among other.

An essential reference for the historian, collector, dealer, artist, or designer.     [Book ID # 1812]

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