Cherished Objects

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"How the Victorians loved things!" So exclaims Allison Kyle Leopold in Cherished Objects: Living with and Collecting Victoriana, a collector's cornucopia of 330 full-color photographs of every conceivable object for the home: ornately carved loveseats, lacy antimacassars, pressed-glass candy dishes, silver napkin rings, ginger-bread dollhouses, majolica, samplers, and walking sticks, among a host of others. Author of Victorian Splendor and a renowned scholar of Victoriana, Leopold conveys the warmth and romantic appeal of Victorian antiques as well as a vivid sense of American domestic history.

Leopold is also an avid collector, and here she inspires Victorian fans to scour antiques stores, auctions, and flea markets for such beautiful 19th-century inventions as Parian ware and photographic portraits and such curiosities as hair receivers and mustache cups. She shares her pleasure in the Victorian sense of whimsy, too, with board games and seashell-studded picture frames. For the sophisticated Victorian buff, Cherished Objects offers new ways to enjoy and expand established collections; for the newcomer to Victoriana, it opens a window onto a past filled with intimate and endlessly varied treasures.

Cherished Objects not only documents the historical background of Victorian collecting and decorating and highlights the range of Victorian styles from grand to exotic to period-perfect, but it also reveals valuable tips on finding, preserving, and displaying. Anyone who shares the Victorian passion for things will welcome this delightful compendium of their ancestors best-loved knick-knacks, gadgets, and elegant antiques.

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Allison Kyle Leopold, author of Victorian Splendor and a frequent museum lecturer, is a former Vogue contributing editor who has also written for Harper's Bazaar, Countryside, and Victorian Homes among many other publications. Her home has received the Great American Home Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Edward Addeo's photographs of interiors and still lifes have appeared in Vogue, HG, the New York Times magazine, and Avenue, among other publications. He lives in New York.

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Leopold ( Victorian Splendor ) celebrates the Victorian love of excess in this glossy showcase of objects from bric-a-brac to furniture. Spotlighting her own and others' acquisitions, she discusses 19th-century collectors, including Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde, modern decorating with Victoriana and theme-oriented collections of games, portraits and canes. Addeo, a freelance photographer, renders in glowing colors the warmth and prosperity of the quintessential Victorian home. He crowds his still-lifes with clusters of prized possessions and curiosities, conveying the sentimentality and materialism of more than a century ago as preserved in museums or duplicated by today's householders. Those lured to antique shops, auctions and flea markets will appreciate this beautifully illustrated volume.
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