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The History of silver

Author: Claude Blair
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Silver is one of the most beautiful and versatile of the traditional decorative metals, and therefore also one of the most widely used. A great deal has been published about its many different aspects, and it may reasonably be asked, therefore, what the justification is for producing yet another book on the subject. The answer is that this ones does something never attempted in English before: it provides, in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
History of silver.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1987
(OCoLC)575522800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claude Blair
ISBN: 0345345762 9780345345769
OCLC Number: 15365773
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Introduction / Claude Blair --
1. The ancient world / Kenneth Painter --
2. The migration period and the Middle Ages / Ronald Lightbown --
3. The Renaissance and mannerism / Timothy Schroder --
4. Baroque silver, 1610-1725 / Anna Somers Cocks --
5. The Rococo / Elaine Barr --
6. Neoclassicism / Elaine Barr --
7. The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries / Shirley Bury --
8. Art deco and after: 1920-60 / Philippe Garner --
9. Contemporary silver / Graham Hughes --
Appendix 1: The craft of the silversmith / Claude Blair --
Appendix 2: The metals, hallmarking and methods of assay / John Forbes --
Glossary.
Other Titles: Silver
Responsibility: general editor, Claude Blair.

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Silver is one of the most beautiful and versatile of the traditional decorative metals, and therefore also one of the most widely used. A great deal has been published about its many different aspects, and it may reasonably be asked, therefore, what the justification is for producing yet another book on the subject. The answer is that this ones does something never attempted in English before: it provides, in a single volume, a survey of the development of silver--and to a lesser extent gold--plate in Europe and European America from the earliest times to the present day. All previous surveys that have attempted inter-national coverage (and they are few) have been much narrower in scope and, because they were written by individuals, less authoritative in overall treatment. The range and authority of this book reflect the fact that it has been written by a team of people who are specialists in their fields. -- Introduction.

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