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Living in Style: A Guide to Historic Decoration and Ornament

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What is the difference between the 'Gothik' and 'Gothic Revival' styles? How can you tell an Ionic column from a Doric column? To understand the many ways in which the British have decorated and furnished their homes, you must learn the language which can be baffling to the lay person. Oliver Garnett guides the reader through the complex world of historical styles and ornament, drawing on examples from the unrivalled group of houses now in the acre of the National Trust. First, he examines some of the broader stylistic issues: what do we mean by style? How is it created, disseminated, exploited, revived and reinterpreted? He then looks at some of the key 'building blocks' of style - the types of ornament that you will encounter most frequently in a historic building. Numerous illustrations of specific decorative details from National Trust houses help to elucidate the argument. Finally, he provides thumbnail sketches of the stylistic labels that have traditionally been applied to British interiors, from 'Tudor' to 'Modern Movement'. Many of these labels conceal as much as they reveal, but the way that they have been creatively misunderstood by later designers is all part of the story of style.

Dust jacket good, small tear at top of spine.
Boards very good.
Excellent pages, little to no edge wear.

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Author(s):
Garnett, Oliver
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2002
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0707803136
ISBN-13:
9780707803135
Number of pages:
192
Publisher:
National Trust

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What is the difference between the 'Gothik' and 'Gothic Revival' styles? How can you tell an Ionic column from a Doric column? To understand the many ways in which the British have decorated and furnished their homes, you must learn the language which can be baffling to the lay person. Oliver Garnett guides the reader through the complex world of historical styles and ornament, drawing on examples from the unrivalled group of houses now in the acre of the National Trust. First, he examines some of the broader stylistic issues: what do we mean by style? How is it created, disseminated, exploited, revived and reinterpreted? He then looks at some of the key 'building blocks' of style - the types of ornament that you will encounter most frequently in a historic building. Numerous illustrations of specific decorative details from National Trust houses help to elucidate the argument. Finally, he provides thumbnail sketches of the stylistic labels that have traditionally been applied to British interiors, from 'Tudor' to 'Modern Movement'. Many of these labels conceal as much as they reveal, but the way that they have been creatively misunderstood by later designers is all part of the story of style.

Dust jacket good, small tear at top of spine.
Boards very good.
Excellent pages, little to no edge wear.

Author(s):
Garnett, Oliver
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2002
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0707803136
ISBN-13:
9780707803135
Number of pages:
192
Publisher:
National Trust

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