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Decorative Arts: Style and Design from Classical to Contemporary Hardcover – November 2, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (November 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405312904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405312905
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.3 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,605,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...a breezy and well-researched guide to centuries of style..." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 24, 2006

"...a good reference for decorators, budding collectors or anyone studying the decorative arts." -- San Francisco Chronicle, November 19, 2006

" color photos and gorgeous examples make this a great choice for browsing..." -- Orlando Sentinel, November 26, 2006

"Design guru Judith Miller takes readers on an informed and beautifully illustrated tour..." -- Newsday, May 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Judith Miller began as a regular lecturer and contributor to newspapers and magazines, and is Antiques & Collectables Magazine's Agony Aunt. Her TV work includes The House Detectives and The Antiques Trail. Judith lives in London.

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Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques and design through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international bestseller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books, which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers. Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's "Antiques Roadshow" and co-hosts the popular BBC TV series "The House Detectives," "ITV's "Antiques Trail," and Discovery's "It's Your Bid." She has appeared on "The Martha Stewart Show" and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including Financial Times, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LD TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2010
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When this book came out I could not wait until I could get a copy. Books costing $100-300 cannot compete unless they specialize on only a limited segment. The publisher claims that there are 3000 (and only a few are small) photos in this book and I believe it. Grouped by time periods and then divided into categories of ceramics, glass, clocks, textiles, furniture, and metalware- it covers primarily 1680 to today. This is a coffee table book weighing almost 6 pounds. In the area not taken up by photos, there are moderately detailed historical descriptions of the items. This is an encyclopedia of 440 oversized pages. The book is a good place to start your research of specific periods or items of decorative arts. I have since purchased more of Judith Miller's books to have even more examples of European furniture, glass, and porcelain from 1700-1900. There are only a few museums which trump this masterpiece. Besides the index in the back, she has listed international museums, antique dealers, and a glossary of terms. I can only add that she should have included the Minneapolis Institute of Art because it displays much of what this book contains plus paintings and sculptures.
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By Upstate Girl on August 15, 2013
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This book was used at a library and was still in almost perfect condition. I can't believe how much money I saved by buying it used. An excellent book if you are interested in the decorative arts. My only disappointment was that there was very little on the Middle Ages.
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