Treasured Possessions

Treasured Possessions

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This book explores the significance of beautiful and engaging objects a€“ chosen, acquired, personalised and treasured a€“ to the people who once owned them. With over 300 works discussed, it takes us on a dazzling visual adventure through the decorative arts, from Renaissance luxuries wrought in glass, bronze and maiolica to the elaborate tablewares and personal adornments available to shoppers in the Age of Enlightenment. En route the authors consider the impact of global trade on European habits and expectations: the glamour of the Eastern exotic, the ubiquity of New World products like chocolate and sugar, and the obsession with Chinoiserie decoration. They ask what decorative objects meant to their owners before the age of industrial mass production, and explore how technological innovation and the proliferation of goods from the sixteenth century onwards transformed the attitude of Europeans to their personal possessions. Illustrated throughout with superb colour photographs, many unfamiliar and hitherto unseen gems of the Fitzwilliam Museuma€™s Applied Arts collection are here published for the first time.With the care of a seamstress, the artist Jan van Meyer paints the tucks, stitching and trimmings that differentiate each dress. ... The portrait serves to record not only the four beloved daughters of Sir Matthew Decker a€“ a Dutch merchant who had settled in England ... Many of our acquisitions end up on the scrapheap or boxed away in a garage or attic. And yet the development of onea#39;s tastes in material things a€“ food and drink, furniture, cars, shoes or perfume a€“ plays a crucial role in theanbsp;...

Title:Treasured Possessions
Author: Victoria Avery, Melissa Calaresu, Mary Laven
Publisher:Philip Wilson Publishers - 2015-03-30

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