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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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Battersby, Martin, The Decorative Twenties, New York, Walker & Co., 1969, first edition, 4to (11.5" x 8.5"), HB, green cloth bds in color dj, VG+ / VG. Corners bumped. DJ is edge worn, has a crease over the "E" in "The", small closed tears and a sm. 1/4" x 1/8" chip to the rear top edge.

212 pp. 210 plates (41 in color). Bibliography & index. Contents: Part 1: The Decorative Arts in France. The 1925 Paris Exhibition, The Art Deco Designers, The Mural in France, The New Modernism, Glass, Book Production, Textiles, Fashion. Part 2: The Decorative Arts in England & America. Interior Decoration, The Design and Industries Associations, British Exhibitions, Decoration in America, Decorative Painting, Furniture, Wallpapers, Ceramics and Glass, Textiles, Posters, Envoi. Notes on the illustrations.

From the dust-flap: "This is the first comprehensive record of the decorative applied arts during the period between the Armistice after World War I and the Wall Street crash of 1929. Martin Battersby has provided a penetrating and often highly amusing account of the resurgence of creative design in most of the minor arts. Designers and artists worked again in the idiom of the opulent, decorative luxury of the late Edwardian period when the great designers of the Russian ballet were the arbiters of taste - a nostalgic trend the culminated in The Paris Exhibition of 1925, the first to be devoted entirely to contemporary decorative arts. But in the face of industrialization, social disillusion, growing unemployment and a faster pace of life, the ornate 'art deco' mode gave way to the hard chic of the geometrical, streamlined 'new modernism' that dominated the second half of the decade.

Martin Battersby traces the various influences (Cubism, African art, technical innovations) that revolutionized almost every aspect of design: fashion, interior decoration, ceramics, jewelry, decorative painting and sculpture, posters and bookbinding. Glass and furniture of the twenties are discussed in depth, and this material will prove invaluable for collectors. France, as the admitted leader in chic and originality during this period, receives the greater emphasis; but English work, more conservative than the French, is extensively treated. Trends in America, particularly the work of interior decorators and textile designers, are examined as well.

Martin Battersby is internationally known as a trompe-l'oeil painter; he has worked as an interior designer, a textile designer and has created the decor for many major theatrical productions. He is also an acknowledged expert on Art Nouveau and has written two books on the subject."

See also on this site The Decorative Thirties.    [Book ID # 1675]

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