Les tapisseries du XIIe à la fin du XVIe siècle [Histoire générale des arts appliqués à l'industrie]
Price: 157.50 USD
Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1911. Original sky blue paper wraps with red/black letteringl bound into blue library buckram, black lettering on spine. 228 pp. with 15 sepia heliogravure plates on rag paper and 98 bw illustrations. Heavy (10 pounds / 4.5 kilos) and oversize (13 x 17 inches / 33 x 44 cm) and will require extra postage. Text in French. Includes a brief preface discussing how the tapestry in general represents the highest expression of decorative arts and a paragraph about its history in France, along with a paragraph mentioning the artisans and the rich collections of tapestries in convents, churches, and cathedrals as well as how the tapestries celebrate the history, martyrdom, and miracles of the church and its patrons. All these topics are discussed further in the main chapters. Although French tapestries are prominent, the book's 11 chapters present works from England, Germany, Italy, and Spain, as well as Flemish and Brussels tapestries. Several chapters are dedicated to specific works or collections, and there is good information about specific artist/makers and houses. This volume is No. 7 of 15 in the series Histoire générale des arts appliqués à l'industrie. An invaluable resource! Original Edition, Not a Reprint. A very good, clean, tight copy but for age/shelf wear to original covers and end/title pages. Art museum ex-lib. copy with a few marks (spine sticker removed).