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The Wedgwood legacy is not without its detractors, particularly the anti-modernists who allege its unoriginality of design and generally castigate the industrialization of art. The flaw in their reasoning is that criticism must acknowledge (if not accept) the terms of the thing criticized if it is to be judged as critique rather than as mere carping. In this connection, Blackstone's comment is to the point: "Wedgwood was the greatest man who ever...applied himself to the important work of uniting art with industry." (p.14) Robin Reilly (historian; former London director and general manager of Wedgwood's retail organization) has produced a work of beauty and scholarship which will not only transform the study of Wedgwood, but will likely also transform its commercial values. His massive, illustrated history is based primarily on research in the Wedgwood archives at Keele U. and the Wedgwood Museum. In particular, he focuses on the letters and memoranda of founder Josiah Wedgwood to his friend and partner, Thomas Bentley, although the second volume follows the history of the firm from Josiah's death in 1795 up to 1967, when his descendants formally relinquished control. In addition to analyzing both the unique and the contextual characteristics of the design, Reilly draws attention to the fascinating issue of industrial espionage, and Josiah's elaborate and ingenious efforts to foil his many imitators and competitors. Finally, the illustrations include 350 color and some 3,500 b&w photographs, many taken especially for this book, and all complemented by detailed, descriptive captions. Needless to say, the appendices, notes, glossary, bibliograph, and index are exemplary. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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Book Description New York : Stockton Press. London; MacMillan, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. As new massive two volume set with sewn in markers in slipcase no jackets as issued. Two tone blue cloth with gilt titles. oversized and overweight. 1500+ pages illustrated. Please email for photos. Larger books or sets may require additional shipping charges. Books sent via US Postal. Seller Inventory # 32301
Book Description Groves Dictionaries Inc, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0935859853