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Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary Hardcover – October 6, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (October 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405306548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405306546
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 10.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,235,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Marry a well-established subject-matter expert to a publisher recognized for its lavish four-color and educational tomes, and the honeymoon will last forever. Antiques maven and collector Miller talks all about furniture in what could easily be dubbed the best reference book of 2005. Twelve information-packed chapters divide and conquer, starting with 4000 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E and ending with postcontemporary and modern in 1970 to the present. There is nary a second to pause and linger: page after page describes the period, its defining elements of style, and its famous artisans and books and offers historical time lines and a collection of sample chairs, tables, case pieces, desks, and the like. The 3,000 photographs are superb, each with brief description, date of manufacture, dimensions, provenance (when known), occasional price (from $200 to more than $450,000), and sometimes the dealer code. More than enough education to prompt an even larger stampede of collectors. Useful addresses, further reading, dealer codes, and glossary are appended. Barbara Jacobs
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Judith is the ideal expert to guide both amateur and experienced collectors Homes and Interiors --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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I am thrilled with this book and highly recommend it!
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I would recommend this book to anybody interested in the history of interior design and antique furniture.
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The photography, the selected pieces, the detailed information --- on-target!
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Alan B. Young on March 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A few months ago, I found this book while browsing through the shelves at a local bookstore. The fantastic pictures and descriptions in the book ignited my interest in furniture history. This is not a how-to book, but if you want an understanding of the details that are characteristic of particular furniture styles -- as well as some background on the historical, political and social forces that influenced these designs -- you probably won't find a better reference manual.

The book covers furniture from around the world over a 3,000-year period and includes over 3,500 excellent photographs and illustrations. Regardless of your interests and tastes -- from Chippendale to Capellini or Newport to Newson -- you'll find examples and information on styles, history and biographies that will broaden your knowledge of furniture development.

Furniture has twelve chapters, covering styles from the ancient furniture of Egypt, Greece and Rome to European styles of the 17th to 19th centuries. There are also chapters on Chinese, South African and American furniture, as well as a discussion on contemporary designs and directions. Each chapter opens with an historical overview of the era being examined.

For each era, there is also a timeline of events that helps the reader understand factors that influenced each era's furniture designs and materials. The historical discussion in each chapter is followed by a section called "Elements of Style," where that era's prominent stylistic details are thoroughly examined, followed by examples of magnificent manifestations of furniture in different countries.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Scinto on March 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely beautiful book. The photography is spectacular, all of the pieces are on a white background so you can really see the details. It has a lot of information accompanying the photos and covers all the major time periods. I would like to use this as a text for the History of Interiors class I teach.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hala Khalil on September 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is really the reference book for furniture and has a Wide variety of furniture types covered! About 99% of the books pages contain Beautiful and 100% clear Photographs.

The only real dissappointment is that the book containsonly one page for each of the 3 Ancient civilizations mentioned in the book, the Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks and Romans, and Ancient Chinese. If it had a large variety like other types of furniture periods covered, this book would be the greatest Furniture and Prop Reference book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tat Brat on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing, and needs to be on your shelf if you are involved in Interior Design, Historical Renovation, miniatures construction, film making, etc., etc! What I like best is that it treats less-expected styles, such as Scandinavian and Russian, which are often difficult to locate. The photos are outstanding. The quick Elements of Style at the beginning of each chapter are nut-shell explanations of how to identify a piece as belonging to a certain era. Well worth the price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Magnera on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am an interior design student, and have found this book to be a quality 5 star reference. The book is stunningly illustrated with furniture styles co-ordinated in easy to follow chronological order. This book has obviously been compiled with abundant thought and passion. I am thrilled with this book and highly recommend it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Friedman on January 15, 2007
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Great book, great overview of various styles. Lots of beautiful pics. Good to show clients.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By alessandra angelini on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A precious book for antique furniture's lovers. Wonderful pictures with an accurate description. Each period has been subdivided into different parts so it's easy to find what you are looking for. A really lush edition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Hamilton on March 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is stunning! It is full of color photos of every type of furniture from Anciet Egypt to Modern designers. Each period is also divided into countries, so it is easy to find specific information. I highly recommend this book.
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