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American Costume Jewelry. Art and Industry, 1935-1950This encyclopedic study is the fruit of twenty years of collecting, research, and study of the most significant American costume jewelry from 1930-1950. It offers readers a meticulous, reliable instrument to knowing these gems, which are often true and proper little works of art. In the two volumes, over 966 photographs show hundreds of jewelry items in full color, with an additional 729 illustrations of patents, ...
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Geisha. Women of Japan's Flower and Willow WorldThe most comprehensive assembly of geisha images ever compiled in a book, this rich assembly of nearly 600 exquisite postcard photographs - produced primarily between 1900 and 1940 - offers a window into the rarified world of Japan's now-extinct licensed pleasure districts. Historical background and imagery explore the lives and talents of Japan women in the early 20th century, and prove a captivating page turner.
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Bing and Grondahl FigurinesExplore the broad range of beautiful, high-quality porcelain figurines manufactured by the Bing & Grondahl Porcelain Manufactory, of Copenhagen, Denmark, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. More than 700 animal and human figurines are shown, along with date marks, shop signs, plates, dishes, bowls, and vases. Approximately 1,000 Bing & Grondahl figurines have been identified and described. They appeal ...
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International Award-winning Pools, Spas, & Water Environments IIIRevel in the extraordinary expressions of water-inspired architecture known as AquaTekture! Discover the vision and construction challenges imaginative designers faced to craft the inspirational designs shown here. Unconventional, daring, and creative are only some of the words used to describe these pools, spas, and water environments. Now in its third year, the Global AquaTekture Visionary Awards (GAVA) features ...
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The Contemporary Illustrated Pin-UpFrom the girl next door to sexy switch-blade sisters, the pin-up girls depicted in this collection of works by 15 of today's best artists boldly display the full spectrum of the genre. Through masterful use of color and media, both traditional and digital, these artists from around the world capture the female form in ways that remain true to their forefathers (Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas, etc.) but also to ...
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Wood Art TodayThis idea-packed compendium presents the work of todays top wood artists in over 500 photos. More than 130 artists from nine countries are showcased, including furniture makers, turners, and sculptors who borrow ideas and techniques from one another to create their art. Teachers of art history, creative art, craft, industrial design, and woodwork will discover new material for teaching about wood as a medium.
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Europe: Rising Fashion DesignersIn concise text and 490 vibrant color photos, discover the current and emerging trends in European fashion design. Ninety-three students from top schools present their premier work, fashions that are sure to inspire readers and fire their imaginations. Top-flight fashion design colleges and universities from the United Kingdom, to Sweden, and the Netherlands, participated in this fascinating project. Discover ...
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Art BronzesA beautiful and comprehensive study of fine, international bronze statuary of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Over 1100 illustrations, 200 in color, and carefully researched text with relevant marks, inscriptions, artist signatures, dates, and foundry stamps. Over 450 artists are represented.
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French Bronze ClocksThe author explains the underlying stories and scenes of everyday life in panels which represent the new, post-revolutionary era of the middle class in 19th century France.
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Bohemian Decorated PorcelainThose who are captivated by the great beauty of decorated porcelain will recognize, at once, the quality of the Bohemian Porcelain. Factories in the Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) region of Western Bavaria produced numerous types of tableware and objects. This new book is the first in English dedicated to describing and illustrating the vast array of decorative objects, household wares, and tableware. It includes both ...
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German Amateur Photographers in the First World WarThis book is an unprecedented view of the Western Front in World War I from the perspective of German amateur photographers. While fighting in the trenches tens of thousands of German soldiers had their cameras with them in their field packs and took shots of the surrounding reality of war. Largely forgotten since the 1920s, German amateur photographs show the trench war at the Western Front as the infantry ...
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Outdoor RoomsHundreds of images illustrate creative ideas for turning a simple lawn into a fresh-air room. Many topics are covered, including landscaping, common outdoor landscaping materials, ideas for decorating permanent structures, and furnishings. A large section of outdoor kitchens makes this the best book on the market.
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The Book of MeissenNow the standard reference. More than 1200 illustrations, 282 in color, show the history of the Meissen porcelain manufactory in Germany and the products it produced. Years of meticulous research in the Meissen archives have culminated in this unexcelled reference book. Special attention is given to the 19th and 20th century products of the manufactory, which have been neglected in most books on Meissen.
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Fashionable Mourning Jewelry, Clothing and CustomsA fascinating text explains the many popular nineteenth century traditions associated with death and mourning. Over 300 color photographs display jewelry, photography, clothing, customs, and symbolism. Over 70 pages of a Victorian hair jewelry catalog are included.
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A Comprehensive Guide to Royal Copenhagen PorcelainThis extensive reference identifies and describes over 2,400 pieces, including 800 figurines. These Scandinavian porcelain figurines were produced by Royal Copenhagen of Denmark from c. 1910 through 2000. Among the 976 beautiful color photographs are related shop signs, dishes, bowls, and vases. The text provides a brief history of the firm, established in 1775, explains the companys marks, and includes a bibliography. ...
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Fashionable clothing from the sears catalogs. Early 1930s with Price GuideThe Sears Catalog series continues with this latest look at the early 1930s fashion trends. Hundreds of photos show the popular dress styles for men, women, and children. Everything from fur, gowns, dresses, and suits; work clothes, shoes, and even the undergarments are covered in this volume! Glorious hats, smart and chic gloves, and other accessories can be found here as well. The slim silhouette was the "look" ...
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Old Stained Glass for the HomeStained glass has long been a part of domestic architecture, but in the late 1800s its popularity soared. In part, this was due to new manufacturing techniques and distribution networks, but also it caught the imagination of Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Arts and Crafts designers around the world. Here over 350 examples of architectural stained glass span several countries and many years. The styles range from ...
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European Style Kitchen DesignsEnjoy rooms replete with details carefully drawn from stately homes in the mediterranean hill towns of Provence and Tuscany, the Moorish influences of Spanish Haciendas, the elegance and extravagances of Parisian apartments, and the time-honored traditions of panelled estates of Britain. This luscious collection of nearly 200 images takes designers and homeowners on an inspiring tour of over 100 kitchens that ...
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Petite Patios and Intimate Garden SpacesExplore innovative ideas for designing and decorating private porches, patios, pagodas, and decks that provide the perfect space for outdoor living and the intimacy of a small room.
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Direct Metal SculptureThis revised edition retains all the techniques and inspiration of the original edition that helped many artists find the answers they needed for creating sculpture. New chapters update the history of direct metal sculpture over the past quarter century. One chapter explains the impact public art programs are having on culture in our cities. There are also sections on the impact of the computer, exploring the ...
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Beads on Bags: 1880s to 2000The antique beaded bag is a most exquisite and sought-after vintage collectible. Over 600 color photographs display hundreds of mostly European handbags, many never before published, including Miser, American Indian, embroidered, drawstring, framed, scenic, Bohemian, and cut steel, with information on care, history, and design technique, and close-up photographs of the intricate beadwork. Detailed captions, ...
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Houseboats: Aquatic Architecture of SausalitoPrepare to be wowed, amused, and inspired as you visit over 100 houseboats, inside and out. Architect Kathy Shaffer follows her bliss and explores the floating legacy of her Sausalito home. With an eye toward the artistic, Shaffer carefully documents the architectural evolution of this houseboat community. Learn the geography of the area, the developers who helped shape it, the history of the marinas, and the ...
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Wearable Art, 1900-2000: With Price GuideFrom one-of-a-kind hand made fashion to commercially made highly decorative apparel, wearable art has become an important category for both collectors of vintage costume and of unique contemporary fashion. This book, with more than 500 color photographs, is the first to cover both vintage and new wearable art. Chapters on different categories of apparel present this compelling topic at its best. Not necessarily ...
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Wearable Art: Accessories & Jewelry 1900-2000From one-of-a-kind, hand-made fashions, accessories, and jewelry to commercially made, highly decorative items, wearable art has become an important category for collectors of vintage costume and unique contemporary fashions. This book, with its 575 color photographs, showcases stunning examples of vintage and contemporary wearable art accessories, including close-up shots detailing the intricacy of handiwork ...
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Pavers 101: Patios and Other Projects You Can DoFrom a wonderful circular patio centered around a firepit, to a demonstration walkway that illustrates how to lay basketweave, running brick, and herringbone patterns, this book is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to undertake a great home improvement project. Learn how to lay the groundwork, study details for edging and popular paver designs, and finish up like a pro. A special chapter details the ...
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Towers, Turrets, Cupolas, & BelvederesWith 470 eye-catching color photos and informative text, readers are taken on a cross-country tour of towers, turrets, cupolas, and belvederes found on homes, churches, and barns dating from the nineteenth through the early twenty-first century. Towers are often landmarks for cities. A tower or turret is particularly eye-catching on a house or business and turns them into a recognizable neighborhood landmark. ...
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Art Deco Aluminum: KensingtonIn 1934 Alcoa introduced a revolutionary new line of aluminum alloy giftware and domestic items designed by American pioneer industrial designer Lurelle Guild. Called Kensington Ware, these relatively expensive, slick, machine-age objects were in an unmistakenly Art Deco style with cast brass accents. They represent an important American contribution to modern design and decorative arts. The Kensington plant ...
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Mexican Style, SustainableTake a visually rich tour through a burgeoning community on Mexico's Baja Penninsula, and learn how the dream of visionaries is shaping the community of Loreto Bay as a model for the future. Indigenous materials and culture are helping to shape the physical makeup of this new resort community near Loreto, and the city's inhabitants are reaping the benefits of development dollars. What is being imported is an ...
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Sustainable Landscaping: 10 projects with water efficiency & recycled materials528 beautiful color photos detail 10 projects that are diverse in style and taste. Each incorporates recycled materials and principles of water efficiency. A valuable resource for homeowners, landscape designers, contractors, and architects, this idea book will help you transform your yard into a personal and ecologically responsible paradise.
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Swimming Ponds: Natural Pleasure In Your GardenA swimming pond is beautiful all year round, for it lives and changes with the seasons. Plants, animals, and the water make it an experience for young and old. A swimming pond has practical advantages: it is easy to care for and needs no expensive technology or chemicals. The swimming-pond ecosystem regenerates itself. This book is a source of inspiration for all who dream of having a swimming pond.
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Haunted Battlefields of the SouthThese true tales include chilling firsthand accounts of encounters with Civil War ghosts. The spirits of dead soldiers from both Union and Confederate armies walk into re-enactor camps, march in a ghostly night fog, call us to the line, and ask for help.
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Showhouses 2. A Decorators' TourThe recent works of talented interior designers at twenty Decorator Showhouse events around the country revealed in 330 striking color photos. Interior designers, assisted by avid volunteers, transform rooms at historical houses into works of art. Created to astound the public and contribute to charitable causes, these designers create masterworks of interior design. In this volume, you will tour the showhouses ...
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Monet: The Master JewelersAs one of the oldest costume jewelry companies still in existence, Monet has, for almost 70 years, made jewelry that cannot be surpassed for its quality, craftsmanship, and audacious design. Monet: The Master Jewelers is a long overdue, in-depth look at this innovative and enduring company. Through comprehensive research, little known facts about Monet and its founders, Michael and Joseph Chernow, as well as ...
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Figural Japanese Export CeramicsFigures of courtesans, gods, demons, special characters, and animals in Japanese export ceramics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are highly decorative and appealing to many collectors today. This study presents an engaging text and over 300 beautiful color photographs of exquisite and amusing three-dimensional figures in Hirado, Imari, Kutani, Satsuma, Studio works, and Sumida wares. When they came ...
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The Patio Portfolio: An Inspirational Design GuideAn inspiring collection of design ideas for patio construction, this book will help you discover ways to transform ordinary outdoor spaces into perfect outdoor environments. Over 200 beautiful color photographs show patios of all shapes and sizes, from quaint and picturesque, to grand and elegant, for any kind of budget. Your dreams will turn into exciting design realities as you visually explore dozens of patios, ...
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1000 DormersDormers bring light and air into an existing space and add character and dimension to a structure's external appearance. This invaluable book features more than 700 color pictures featuring homes and structures adorned with an awe-inspiring variety of dormer additions. The illustrations and imagery portray eve gable, double gable, hipped-roof, arched, round, oval, eyebrow, pediment, triangle, flat, turret, deck, ...
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Hollywood Bachelor PadsFrom living rooms with stripper poles to showers with commanding views of the city, Los Angeles's wealthy bachelor rock stars, actors, producers, and financiers have established a slightly different and eclectically exciting bar for the designers who serve 26 of them. For instance, the bedroom can be a very, um, significant feature. Rock star Dave Navarro has been quoted as saying he "wanted clothes to literally ...
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Wood Art Today 2This survey of current trends in international woodworking explores the artists inspirations and techniques. Veteran wood artists and newcomers are featured in hundreds of striking color photos. Includes carvers, turners, and sculptors of free standing and wall mounted sculptures, installation pieces, furniture, vessels, jars, vases, bowls, boxes, teapots, and much more. This useful and beautiful guide benefits ...
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Stone in Traditional ArchitectureA sweeping overview of traditional stone architecture that graces the landscapes of many nations. Over 350 vivid color photos show buildings ranging from simple stone homes and practical farm buildings to imposing town halls and vaulting cathedrals. The extensive text explains the history, styles, and techniques of the stone cutters' and masons' arts. Also included is a practical, instructional handbook; it ...
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Masterpieces of Costume JewelryThis important references takes an in-depth journey through the phenomental ascent of costume jewelry through the 20th century. The costume jewelry designers are discussed individually and their work is displayed in hundreds of magnificent photographs of their masterpieces. Unsigned masterpieces are also included, proving that the makers of many top quality pieces are sometimes unknown. This volume continues ...
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Fire OutdoorsOver 200 images of outdoor fireplace, fire pit, and kitchen designs by professional landscape architects, contractors, custom homebuilders, kitchen designers, and hearth product manufacturers provide inspiration in the most complete book on the subject ever published.
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Contemporary VillasExplore over 40 contemporary villas by today's most creative architects. Their brilliant architectural designs integrate the built structure and natural environment in open countryside and urban spaces, realizing ideal places. Villas in deserts, mountains, and meadows, with seaside or lakeside vistas, and in urban locations are all revealed in informative text and 560 gorgeous color photos and plans. Using modern ...
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Miniature Decorative Patterns. Book VIIn the first book of miniature decorative bird-carving patterns ever published, William Veasey presents intricately detailed designs for the novice carver. This concise practicable guide will help the amateur carver to develop the basic skills necessary to produce his own realistic miniature birds.
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Making Concrete Countertops with Buddy RhodesThe companion volume to Making Concrete Countertops with Buddy Rhodes, this book details the art and craft of creating vertical concrete applications as well as integral sink and drainboard elements and curved-edge counters, for advanced users of the medium. An invaluable manual for contractors, architects, and expert handypersons alike, the project photography within will guide you step-by-step in the creation ...
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The Kitchen GuideA wide range of treatments for every aspect of kitchen design is explored. The 427 professional color photos display many kitchen styles designed by specialists in this dynamic field. Architectural elements, such as ceiling treatments, columns, and windows are revealed; along with elements of the work space, such as sinks, ranges, and island configurations; detail elements include cabinets, back splashes, and ...
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Green Homes: Dwellings for the 21st CenturyBuilding a green home or redesigning an existing home to be green is more than energy efficiency and preservation of natural resources. It is about integrating cost-effective design and materials to better the well being of inhabitants. Explore the many ways architects have achieved sustainability, incorporating commonsense strategies of solar orientation, natural ventilation, recycling of household water, and ...
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Japanese Export Ceramics, 1860-1920The world now applauds the exquisite ornamental ceramics made in Japan in the late 19th century for export to Europe and America. They dazzle the public today as they originally did when introduced at the International Fairs in Philadelphia, London, Paris, Chicago, and St. Louis over a hundred years ago. Here the breathtaking beauty of intricate decoration on Satsuma, Imari, Kutani, Hirado and other ceramics ...
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Power Rooms: Executive Offices, Corporate Lobbies, and Conference RoomsLook into America’s most notable corporate atriums, boardrooms, lobbies, seating areas, and executive offices and experience their powerful interior designs. Actual installations by professional architects and designers, these spaces reflect the powerful atmosphere in which corporate decisions are made daily. Over 235 color photographs present a cross-section of corporate designs and contemporary rooms that ...
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Log Home InspirationsThis beautifully illustrated book offers you an opportunity to explore 18 private log homes and getaway cabins. Acclaimed architectural photographer Roger Wade takes readers from the mountains of Arizona through the Midwest and on into the eastern coastline states, illustrating a diverse collection of log home styles. Homeowners, decorators, and architects alike will be inspired by the tremendous diversity of ...
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Landscaping for the Mid-AtlanticCelebrated landscape designer Terry Wallace guides you in the creation of the landscape of your dreams in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Discover the joy and satisfaction to be found in creating a garden that complements and enhances your lifestyle. Wallace takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a beautiful and sustainable garden. She offers a host of practical tips about basic design, planning, ...
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The Contemporary BlacksmithThis important new book tackles the burgeoning revival of the blacksmith's art. Author Dona Meilach has brought together over 500 works by nearly 200 artist-craftsmen from sixteen countries to illustrate the unprecedented activity in modern ironwork that has led to its blossoming into a serious art form. You'll learn several techniques using hot and cold forming with the results clearly shown. You'll be able ...
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Barn Style Living. Design and Plan Inspiration for Timber Frame HomesFrom the outside in, explore exquisite timber frame homes at your leisure. Floor plans serve as your tour guide, while leading architectural photographers illuminate the astonishing spaces and intimate detailing of authentic homes. Each evokes the grandeur of the inherited barn-style form, while expressing the individuality of the owners who took part in designing their one-of-a-kind homes.
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Authentic Log Homes. Restored Timbers for Today's HomesteadsEach gorgeous log home shown here was built with reclaimed timbers that were hand-hewn at least a century ago.
The homes vary from small to large, and cover layouts from "erected as found" to modern configurations. One thing they all have in common, though, is that they look the way log homes are supposed to look. Dove-tailed corners, weathered barn wood, antique heart pine, and ancient beams, logs, and posts ...
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Art Nouveau Ironwork of Austria and HungaryThe streets of Budapest, Hungary, and Vienna, Austria, are rich in masterpieces of Art Nouveau ironwork. Around nearly every corner of the residential districts and business hubs of these great cities, architectural treasures wait to be appreciated by the discerning eye. 500 vivid photos show the many, varied interpretations of Art Nouveau forms used in balustrades and balconies, lanterns and gates, doorways, ...
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