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Ceramics: Ethics and Scandal. Stories of Social Life in 18th Century England as Context for the Sharp Collection of Pottery and Porcelain

Sharp, Rosalie

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ISBN 10: 0973141700 / ISBN 13: 9780973141702
Published by RWD Books, (Toronto, 2002
Condition: vg Hardcover

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4to. 290 pp. Profusely illustrated w/ photographic reproductions (some color). Some color two-page spreads. Brown boards w/ dj. Very good condition. In print for $110.00. As new for $65.00. Bookseller Inventory # 8424

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Title: Ceramics: Ethics and Scandal. Stories of ...

Publisher: RWD Books, (Toronto

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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An affectionate journey into the 18th century world of Johnson and Boswell as the context for the Sharp collectionIn this gorgeously illustrated book, Rosalie Sharp looks at the society in which her collection of porcelain and pottery was produced in England in the 1700s. Her contemporary witnesses include the diarists Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, letter writers Horace Walpole and Mary Delany and a host of other raconteurs and travelers. These accounts, together with her own extensive reading, have enabled her to write a lively story of the daily life of the period - from food, dress and sexual escapades, to country houses, grand tours, crime, religious and racial prejudice. It is a rich brew, peppered with cameo sketches of key personages of the time, from the royal family to street peddlers and villains.Set amid this text, the porcelain pieces and pottery figures illustrated here take on layers of meaning and exemplify a multitude of fascinating facts. In effect, a plate or a figurine can represent a thousand words, if only you have the key. And, in this book, Rosalie Sharp provides it.

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