How to Know French Antiques: A Complete Guide

How to Know French Antiques: A Complete Guide
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Originally published in 1961, this book is a complete guide covering all the great periods of French antiques, with 186 illustrations and 16 pages of photographs.

In this delightful book of French antiques the author gives the where, who, and when of important pieces and describes why they are objects of lasting beauty -- from imposing Renaissance furniture to the most exquisite bibelots.

The zealous collector will find advice on how to tell a fake from an authentic piece; how to recognize the lesser-known antique treasures.

This comprehensive guide to the art of master French craftsmen shows you how you can afford coveted antiques -- and enrich your home with their ageless elegance.

Book Excerpt:

The artist, the gourmet, and the woman of fashion have always looked to France for inspiration. With the same zeal, knowledgeable collectors have long regarded the art of French furnishings as the epitome of decorative chic. The craft of renowned French artisans has had far-reaching effects on civilized, cultured homes from one end of the globe to the other.

This invaluable guide by a noted authority lists all the great periods and the great names of French antiques, with information on all aspects of decoration from textiles to glassware.

For those who cannot afford the expensive originals but who desire to enrich their homes with the pristine beauty of French furnishings there are many clues to lesser-known, less costly antiques. The person of taste will also discover how a mood of graciousness can be achieved by authentic French touches throughout the home.

About the Author:

Ruth Costantino is one of the foremost authorities on French furniture and decoration in America. A native New Yorker, she entered the art business in her teens. In 1923 she was called abroad to undertake the appraisal, cataloguing, and sale of a great European collection, worth more than one million dollars. In 1936 she founded The Connoisseur Inc., a Madison Avenue shop where she carries on a business in fine antiques; her clients include museums and art collectors both in the U.S. and abroad.

Contents Covered:

  • A French Flair
  • Part One
  • Collecting French Furniture and Antiques
  • Part Two
  • The Renaissance and Louis XIV
  • Régence and Louis XV
  • Transition and Louis XVI
  • The Napoleonic Era and Bourbon Restoration
  • Part Three
  • Paintings and Drawings
  • Sculpture
  • Tapestry
  • Textiles
  • Clocks, Bronzes, Gold and Silver
  • Snuffboxes and other Bibelots
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Part Four
  • Ébénistes
  • Menuisiers
  • Part Five
  • Advice to Collectors
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Format: PDF Digital Reprint, e-Facsimile
No. of Pages: 269
Page Size: A4 (210mm × 297mm)
Download Size: 99.8 MB
Product Code HOW847TO9