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The French Archive of Design and Decoration

Cliff, Stafford

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ISBN 10: 0810933381 / ISBN 13: 9780810933385
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover. DJ corner tear. Overall a clean and tight copy to read and enjoy. Harry N. Abrams, 1999. Fine Book in Very Good Dust Jacket. Price Intact. Dust Jacket protected with a new archival cover. Bubble wrapped and shipped promptly in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 057915

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Title: The French Archive of Design and Decoration

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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From the time of Louis XIV onwards, successive French political regimes made it their business to encourage and support the luxury crafts and industries of the country. The health of the applied arts was a sign of economic and social well-being: even the governments of the various Republics saw it as a reflection of their own importance.
Beautifully reprinted in colour and black-and-white, here are original sketches and printed patterns representing three centuries of ideas for furniture, textiles, wallpapers, glass, ceramics and whole interiors - a French archive of design and decoration demonstrating the national fascination with elegant living. There is a wealth of material to draw on: from as early as 1685 the furniture designs commissioned for the royal collections at Versailles from Andre Charles Boulle were published as engravings; likewise the designs of the Rococo masters Meissonnier and Pineau were disseminated throughout France, while Napoleon's architects Percier and Fontaine themselves published many designs. Later on, the great international exhibitions held in Paris defined the styles of their period: Art Nouveau, Art Deco and International Modernism. The continuing vigour of the studio and small workshop traditions was seen in the work of such individuals and firms as Galle, Lalique, Guimard, and subsequently Ruhlmann, Sue et Mare, Baccarat and Christofle.
Including a comprehensive resource directory making this a practical as well as a beautiful book, manufacturers, designers, decorators, retailers and craftsmen alike will find this treasury of French design heritage a unique source of inspiration.

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From Rococo to Empire and Art Nouveau to Art Deco, French furniture, textiles, wallpaper, tableware, glassware, ceramics, and other home furnishings have set a recognized standard for elegance around the world. Ranging from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, this unique sourcebook uses sketches, engravings, samples, catalogues, pattern books, and other rare archival materials to illustrate the evolution of French design. For decorators, collectors, and francophiles everywhere, this striking visual chronicle of French style will be a fount of pleasure and inspiration. Over 600 illustrations, approximately 300 in full color, 256 pages, 877/8 x 12" STAFFORD CLIFF is the former creative director of the Conran design group. He is co-author and designer of many successful style books, including Abrams' The English Archive of Design and Decoration.

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