Remarkable in its scope, The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts covers thousands of years of decorative arts production throughout western and non-western cultures. Explore the works of Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames, or learn about the history of Navajo blankets and wing chairs in thousands of entries on artists, craftsmen, designers, workshops, and decorative art forms. Also included are hundreds of entries on the qualities and historical uses of materials such as jade, opal, and bronze. In addition to concise definitions on art forms and styles, there are also hundreds of in-depth articles discussing the history of armor, jewelry, furniture, textiles, and ceramics.
Enriched by more than 600 illustrations and dozens of color photos, this reference is essential for any general reader, collector, curator, or scholar interested in this rich and varied field. With extensive cross-references and updated bibliography throughout, this reference offers the best that Grove has to offer along with the most recent findings in decorative arts.