Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith (April 18, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #214 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Art #1433 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Antiques Care & Reference > Reference #3082 in Books > Reference > Encyclopedias & Subject Guides > Antiques & Collectibles
Excellent, brief, blunt, and right over the plate commentary and perspective on American decorative art pottery and A&C furniture, lighting, and metal work. Raggo sets the stage right up front (and maintains the context throughout) that this is an analytical guide to the very cream of the crop of these American artifacts. Although it's about the best it is invaluable to folks way down the food chain like me that can only hope to find and acquire third level goodies at best, especially in an area of the country that has very little of the stuff to choose from.He explains what to look for and what to stay away from, how the best was made and why they are the best, the nuances that make all the difference. Although he is talking directly to the top collectors, if you pay attention and use his method you can pick your way through the whole spectrum of lesser but worthy material.Most importantly, when you do stumble onto a real jewel, covered in paint, you will absolutely know it.
This is a terrific little gem that gives collectors the inside scoop on what to look for in arts & crafts collecting today. David Rago's open, conversational writing makes it sound as if he is talking directly to you. I loved reading this book!
This pocket guide to the Arts & Crafts movement for serious collectors is a winner. No surprise since it is from one of the premier dealer/auctioneers in the field.Rago is well known from his stint on Antiques Roadshow, but those of us who have been collecting A&C for decades know him as one of the field's go-to dealers and experts.While the book admirably fills the role as a handy pocket guide, buy it for the comments Rago sprinkles here and there on the up-and-down history of the mission collecting craze since it started in the 70's and an insider's view of the "big names" from Stickley to Rookwood.He was there from the start and his point of view is always interesting and insightful.A pocket gold mine!
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