The Bulfinch Illustrated Encyclopedia of Antiques

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9780821225066: The Bulfinch Illustrated Encyclopedia of Antiques

Focusing on the six major antique categories--furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, clocks and watches, and Oriental wares--this unparalleled sourcebook is a must for antique enthusiasts everywhere, from casual flea market browsers to serious collectors. Over 1,100 color illustrations.

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The Bulfinch Illustrated Encyclopedia of Antiques is an exhaustive resource for those wishing to understand the distinctions of fine antique furniture and accessories. Laid out in a clear, easy-to-use format with color photographs, the book blends the right amount of history, description and crafting techniques for pottery and porcelain, glass, silver, furniture, clocks, and oriental wares. It also goes into welcome detail of style and manufacturer distinctions, including illustrations of table legs, drawer handles, silverware hallmarks, and porcelain marks. Though the book lacks coverage for lower-end collectibles, it includes a useful glossary and informative timelines for novices. The occasional auction house shopper who needs to be able to determine the difference between a late Georgian side table and a George III satinwood card table will find what they need here.

Where the Bulfinch Encyclopedia really shines is in its item histories. For instance, note the birth of the vinaigrette: "In the late 1600s, in an attempt by men and women of quality to combat the stench of filthy streets and open sewers, vinaigrettes were introduced. These were small containers "in which a small piece of sponge soaked in spiced vinegar was kept behind a pierced cover" Overall, this encyclopedia is an excellent resource for high-end collectors and admirers of the history of European, American, and Asian antiques.--Karen Karleski

About the Author:

Paul Atterbury is a freelance journalist, lecturer and broadcaster. He regularly lectures for Christie's Education and Sotheby's Educational Studies. He was previously consultant for The Bulfinch Anatomy of Antique Furniture.
Lars Tharp has been a Director of Sotheby's and contributor to the Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Porcelain (1991), The Illustrated History of Antiques (1991) and the Reader's Digest Treasures in Your Home (1993).

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