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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: MITCH; New edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845334701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845334703
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published in 1998 and last revised in 2003,  Miller’s Antiques Encyclopedia was created to “substantially and comprehensively further the dissemination of knowledge about antiques and collectibles to both new and more experienced collectors.” It is a familiar sight on a lot of public library reference shelves, and many of its antiques-themed cousins, such as Miller’s Advertising Tins (1999), Miller’s Teddy Bears: A Complete Collector’s Guide (2001), and Miller’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Collectibles (2003), are readily available. A recently launched Web site features “a fully illustrated, searchable database of tens of thousands of authenticated antiques and collectibles, each with a full description, size and price” (www.millersantiquesguide.com). This volume is arranged into 17 chapters covering antiques by both type and period, for example, “Ceramics,” “Glass,” and “Postmodernism.” Each chapter is subdivided into short sections. For example, “Mid-Century Modern” has sections on furniture, jewelry, lighting, domestic wares, and more. A highly detailed 20-plus-page index provides access to individual pieces by artisan, manufacturer, style, name, and place. A “How to Use This Book” section offers clear explanations of the book’s many special features, such as value codes, makers’ marks, and dimensions that accompany the hundreds of high-quality photos. Overall, the explanatory text accompanying each antique is written simply enough for beginners but includes enough detail to benefit experienced collectors. Miller’s Antiques Encyclopedia is a very nicely done reference work. It should be given serious consideration by public librarians and by academic librarians whose collections support programs in fine art, history, and studio projects. --Art A. Lichtenstein

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... an ornament to any bookshelf and a treasure-trove of information" BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine; "... the most accessible and authoritative antiques reference book available... an invaluable guide" Collectables Trader --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Treasures on October 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Similar to Understanding Antiques in format, but offers more information. Well written and illustrated with good,clear color photos on every page. This is a must have book for any antique collector.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly superb - and an excellent encyclopedia, filled with tons of useful information. However, I must say don't forget this is a British book. Therefore, you will see references to British Pounds and U.S. Dollars. This is not really a problem, except when you are looking up a specific piece of furniture, which may have a different name in England. That said, I doubt most people will even notice the difference - so, not to worry - just something to keep in mind. I definitely recommend it -the images are incredible and all in color, filling every page cover to cover. It is the best book I've ever seen on antiques. In addition, I bought it at my local bookstore and paid $80.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on December 1, 2008
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I am an auctioneer and I use this book often to check the odd piece out.
This is a good general reference book dealing with the most important categories of what are generally considered 'antiques' (and almost only those categories, unfortunately). There are separate sections for Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, which comes in handy.
All you need to know about antiques is not here, that's a given, though it does go beyond basics, and it has all the must-know bits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary V. Rose on February 11, 2010
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It was a gift for my daughter Christmas and she loved it. You were very prompt in your delivery. I thank you very much. Keep up the good work. Mary Rose
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Judith Miller's Decorative Arts book is an outstanding work with descriptions, large color pictures, and many categories grouped by their time periods. I wanted more photo examples of porcelain, glass, marquetry, etc. so I purchased this book. I am very satisfied that the Antiques Encyclopedia is a good supplement to Decorative Arts. I am not an antique collector but the values shown are an interesting sidelight.
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