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Hardback book in EXCELLENT condition.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: This dictionary is a single-volume reference book devoted to the materials and techniques used in the decorative arts. In our industrialized society it is often hard to understand craftsmen's techniques. Just how are triple spirals put into the stem of a wine glass, or table tops inlaid with whole landscapes of semi-precious stones? These techniques are fascinating, but so are the materials. Ranging from the exotic to the most basic, they can include the ground bodies of South American insects or rare stones found only in the mountains of Badakshan, but also sand, clay, lime and unsavoury animal products. Until now this information has been passed on from craftsman to craftsman or confined to highly specialized books. Even the better-known terms are often misunderstood, and others remain obscure. With this one dictionary, the subject is now accessible to all, to the art historian or collector who needs to understand how objects are made, but also to any curious reader who is intrigued by the skills that have created the beautiful things around us. The dictionary has been compiled by a team of experts, each with the intimate knowledge of their subject that comes from daily contact with the materials.


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Pick up is from central Avondale.

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