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Chairs: A History

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Publisher Comments:

These remarkable chess sets span civilizations, chronicling the game and its design beginning with the earliest known pieces and coming up to the surprising present. Considering chess through the perspectives of art and history, the engaging text touches upon the influences of local cultures and available materials, as well as the battles, rulers, and political factions that often inspired thematic sets. In addition to classic sets produced by Wedgwood, Meissen, and Murano, Chess Masterpieces includes the first ever comparison of two sets created by Fabergé (only one of which was previously known to exist), and extensive examples of 20th- and 21st-century sets crafted by artists such as Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, and Damien Hirst.

Book News Annotation:

A beautifully and generously illustrated homage to chairs, this history shows chairs in all their guises, humble, grand, practical and wacky, and in many stages of development. Dampierre, an antiques dealer and furniture historian, begins with the emergence of chairs in pre-dynastic Egypt and progresses to the forms, uses and social meanings of various types of seating in Classical Greece and the Roman Empire through the present day. Along the way, she makes fascinating observations about historical personalities, furniture- making technology, social life and fashions of dress and deportment.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

A beautifully and generously illustrated homage to chairs, this history shows chairs in all their guises, humble, grand, practical and wacky, and in many stages of development. Dampierre, an antiques dealer and furniture historian, begins with the emergence of chairs in pre-dynastic Egypt and progresses to the forms, uses and social meanings of various types of seating in Classical Greece and the Roman Empire through the present day. Along the way, she makes fascinating observations about historical personalities, furniture- making technology, social life and fashions of dress and deportment. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Henry David Thoreau wrote, "I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society." In "Chairs: A History," furniture historian Florence de Dampierre presents a wonderfully readable and visually stunning exploration of chairs and their place in culture through the ages. Along with hundreds of gorgeous photographs — many taken specifically for this book — de Dampierre fills these pages with fascinating information and anecdotes, tracing the chair's emergence in ancient Egypt and examining various forms of seating from classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Renaissance era, to the classic designs of today. From thrones to divans, straightbacked to overstuffed, Baroque to Bauhaus, this beautiful volume will delight anyone who's ever taken a seat and wondered where it came from.

About the Author

Decorator and furniture historian Florence de Dampierre is the author of several books, including The Best Painted Furniture, as well as numerous articles on period furniture. She lives in Litchfield, CT.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810954847
Subtitle:
A History
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Author:
De Dampierre, Florence
Author:
Brady, Maxine
Author:
Dampierre, Florence De
Author:
Dean, George
Author:
kasparov, Garry
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Furniture
Subject:
Design - Furniture
Subject:
Chairs
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Decorative Art; furniture; interior design
Subject:
Chairs -- History.
Subject:
Chess
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 full-color illustrations
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
10.50 x 7.50 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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"Synopsis" by , Henry David Thoreau wrote, "I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society." In "Chairs: A History," furniture historian Florence de Dampierre presents a wonderfully readable and visually stunning exploration of chairs and their place in culture through the ages. Along with hundreds of gorgeous photographs — many taken specifically for this book — de Dampierre fills these pages with fascinating information and anecdotes, tracing the chair's emergence in ancient Egypt and examining various forms of seating from classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Renaissance era, to the classic designs of today. From thrones to divans, straightbacked to overstuffed, Baroque to Bauhaus, this beautiful volume will delight anyone who's ever taken a seat and wondered where it came from.
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