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Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia Of Furniture

A guide to furniture created in association with Sotheby's, the world's largest auction house. It provides a pictorial reference guide for every collector of antique furniture, tracing both trends and influences through all the movements in furniture design, each chapter written by an expert. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins; 1 edition (October 1989)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0060161418

ISBN-13: 978-0060161415

Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 11.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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This is a review of the first edition, 1989, hardcover. While there are no objections to the material presented, it is just that there is not quite enough to be called an encyclopedia. Only important high-style pieces are pictured, mainly from England, France and the United States. There are some examples from Spain, Italy, Russia, etc., but they are in the minority. The text starts with ancient Egypt and ends with "modern times" of the 1980s. There is a Select Bibliography, A Guide to Recognizing and Dating Furniture, The Anatomy of Furniture, and an Index. Most of the photos are in color and are very precise, like for an auction catalog, but others, even more interesting, show the furniture in its original architectural setting. Readers might find it an acceptable basic reference, a platform from which more in-depth study can grow from additional sources.

Needed it for an interior design course. Very good.

Excellent reference book, in good condition, obtained at minimum cost.

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