This fourth volume in the "Decorative Arts" series traces the story of European ceramics from the Middle Ages to the present day, highlighting key developments, techniques, discoveries and styles. Looking at Medieval earthenware and stoneware, tin-glaze and Dutch tiles, and the invention and uses of porcelain, the author then turns to the impact of industrialization on ceramics, with its radical changes in methods of working and new techniques, such as transfer-printing. The Empire period and the Great Exhibition are shown to be a great stimulus to ceramic production, while the 20th century is characterized by the separation of the designer, manufacturer and artist, reflected in the modernism of the Bauhaus style and the influence of Art Deco.
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Robin Hildyard is a former curator in the Ceramics & Glass Department at the V&A and a leading expert in English pottery and early English glass. He is also the author of English Pottery 1620-1840.
It's difficult to ignore a basic text on ceramics authored by a Victoria and Albert Museum curator--or any scholar with subject-specific content and a reasonable way of communicating. And Hildyard does a very credible job, by way of occasionally soporific prose, of examining the 500 years of pottery development from 1500 to the present. The best part is when he pulls out the most intriguing facts and figures into two or three well-illustrated sidebars. A survey that does justice to the data, but could have been formatted with more visuals and less text. Barbara Jacobs
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Descripción V & a Publications, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX1851772596