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Design & the decorative arts : Britain, 1500-1900

Author: Michael Snodin; John Styles; Victoria and Albert Museum.
Publisher: London : V & A Publications, 2001.
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"This book tells the story of design and the decorative arts in Britain over 400 from the Tudors to the reign of Queen Victoria. It is the story of a remarkable transformation that embraced the decorative arts in all their rich diversity, from furniture to fabrics and from prints to porcelain. In 1500, at the end of the Middle Ages, Britain played a peripheral role in the affairs of Europe. It was beautiful things  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Snodin, Michael.
Design & the decorative arts.
London : V & A Publications, 2001
(OCoLC)606792751
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Snodin; John Styles; Victoria and Albert Museum.
ISBN: 0810965860 9780810965867 1851773495 9781851773497 185177338X 9781851773381
OCLC Number: 48454348
Notes: "Published to coincide with the opening of the Victoria and Albert Museum's new 'British Galleries 1500-1900'"--Foreword.
Description: 488 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Contents: Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1500-1714 --
1. Introduction / by John Styles --
2. Style --
3. Who led taste? / by Michael Snodin --
4. Fashionable living / by Maurice Howard --
5. What was new? / by John Styles --
Georgian Britain, 1714-1837 --
6. Introduction / by John Styles --
7. Style --
8. Who led taste? --
9. Fashionable living / by Michael Snodin --
10. What was new? / by John Styles --
Victorian Britain, 1837-1901 --
11. Introduction / by John Styles --
12. Style --
13. Who led taste? / by Michael Snodin --
14. Fashionable living / by Christopher Breward --
15. What was new? / by John Styles
Other Titles: Design and the decorative arts
Responsibility: Michael Snodin and John Styles.

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Tells the story of design and decorative art in Britain from the time of Henry VIII to the reign of Queen Victoria. It shows how Britain's rise during this period to become the most powerful nation  Read more...

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