Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors
From the Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau
- ISBN 9780500280225
- 29.90 x 21.70 cm
- Paperback with flaps
- 683 Illustrations, 74 in colour
- First published 1998
‘A splendid compilation that benefits from its marvellous air of confidence and its grasp of the whole period’ – Royal Academy Magazine
‘A Pandora’s Box of a book …
a fabulous journey through the period … brimming with fascinating detail’ Design Week
‘As intricate as a De Morgan tapestry … pure eye candy for any enthusiast’ – Period Living
A marvellous survey … dazzling detail’The Sunday Times
The furniture designs of William Morris, C. R. Ashbee and Charles Rennie Mackintosh are even more popular today than in their own lifetimes. The work of other figures, such as William Burges and Christopher Dresser is also being avidly collected.
Jeremy Cooper’s survey contains an astonishing range of photographs and drawings: nearly 700 illustrations offer a uniquely comprehensive coverage of nineteenth-century furniture. Every major designer is represented, and the choice of pictures includes little-known pieces from private collections. Rare contemporary photographs of Victorian and Edwardian interiors show how the furniture formed part of complete decorative ensembles.
Extensive commentaries on the illustrations and detailed text provide the essential background – wherever possible using the actual words of the designers, architects and critics themselves.
Jeremy Cooper was for some years head of the nineteenth-century furniture and works of art department at Sotheby’s in London. He subsequently became a specialist dealer in the Victorian decorative arts and supplied works to most of the major British public and private collections. He has appeared frequently on BBC Television’s Antiques Roadshow, and writes widely on the art market for many newspapers and journals.