Thames & Hudson, 1993
Though silk has held humankind in its thrall for more than 5,000 years, there has been no comprehensive publication on its rich history - until now. The Book of Silk follows the story of this remarkable material through the millennia, reproducing hundreds of fabrics, furnishings and garments from all parts of the world. At every stage, silk's status as the most prized fabric of all ensured that it drew the most creative talents of each period, from anonymous Chinese masters to the celebrated couturiers of France and Italy. A dazzling selection of illustrations, many drawn from private collections, reveals silk's omnipresence in couture and decoration, carpets, embroidery and even painting. Complete with a detailed reference section that includes terms and technical processes, collecting and care, galleries and museums, and a bibliography, The Book of Silk will appeal to anyone interested in history, fashion and beauty..
English - 256 Pages - 24.9 cm x 3.3 cm x 31.9 cm - 1.8 Kg
A beautiful volume that brings to light the forgotten Le Nain brothers, a trio of 17th-century French master painters who specialized in portraiture, religious subjects, and scenes of everyday peasant life. In France in the 17th century, the brothers Antoine (c. 1598 –1648), Louis (c. 1600 / 1605–1648), and Mathieu (1607–1677) Le Nain painted images of everyday life for which they became posthumously famous. They are celebrated for their depictions of middle-class leisure activities, and particularly for their representations of peasant families, who gaze out at the viewer. Featuring more than sixty paintings highlighting the artists' full range of production, including altarpieces, private devotional paintings and portraits, this generously illustrated volume presents new research concerning the authorship, dating, and meaning of the works by well-known scholars in the field.
English - 472 Pages - 28.45 cm x 5.08 cm x 26.16 cm - 2.84 Kg
5 Continents, 2014
Les caisses que Giorgio Buchner a soigneusement conservées racontent le rêve tenace de l’archéologue. Par ses fouilles dans l’île d’Ischia durant cinquante ans, il a écrit l’histoire de la première colonie grecque d’Occident. Durant vingt ans, les objets se sont tus, empilés sur des étagères en métal. Aujourd’hui, Luigi Spina leur redonne la parole. Ils reprennent la narration. C’est une histoire d’époques qui s’entremêlent.
Italian/French - 80 Pages - 28.4 cm x 1.5 cm x 24 cm - 0.8 Kg
Francois Chaille, Michael Spink, Christophe Vachaudez, Thierry Coudert, Violette Petit
This lavish two-volume slipcased work is a publishing event for the quality of its design, full-size reproductions, extensive documentation, and illustrated chronology and index. With more than 3,000 pieces dating from the 1860s to the present, the Cartier Collection constitutes the world’s largest collection of its kind. This luxury work traces the history of the collection’s high jewelry holdings and attests to the originality and artistic genius that made Cartier a world-class jeweler. The two-volume set showcases the extraordinary pieces from collectors such as Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of Windsor, Daisy Fellowes, Barbara Hutton, and Sir Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, highlighting Cartier’s mastery of the jeweler’s art through highly original designs, unique colors, and legendary precious stones. More than 600 objects and drawings from Cartier’s vast archives, some previously unseen, are reproduced at actual size and include Cartier’s famous “bestiary” of exotic animals as well as more recent rare brooches, necklaces, and bracelets from the 1960s and 1970s.
English - 720 Pages - 29.21 cm x 8.51 cm x 34.75 cm – 7.68 Kg
Widely considered the most influential art movement of the twentieth century, cubism revolutionized European painting and sculpture, challenging Renaissance depictions of space by depicting figures as dynamic arrangements of volumes and planes. Tracing the growth of cubism between 1908 and 1919, The Cubist Cosmos reveals the movement’s enormous stylistic range and its revolutionary potential for the art that would follow, as well as the way representatives of the avant-garde adopted and transformed its pictorial language. In chronologically and thematically devised chapters, The Cubist Cosmos demonstrates how the influence of folk art, archaic sculpture, and the works of Paul Cézanne became increasingly evident in the paintings of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The authors then follow this new pictorial language as it was taken up by artists like Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, and Henri Le Fauconnier, who expanded and displayed it in large formats in the salon exhibitions of the Paris art world.
English - 320 Pages - 24.8 cm x 3.6 cm x 29.2 cm - 2.3 Kg