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The Arts and Crafts movementflowered in the 1870s and 80s as areaction to the decorative excesses ofthe mid-nineteenth century. At itsheart was a search for a return tosimplicity, quiet beauty and honestyof construction. There is no singlerecognisable style that representsArts and Crafts an interior could beexotic and precious, with richcolours and patterns, or homely andplain, as long as it adhered to theArts and Crafts ideal of handcraftsmanship. The craft workshopsand guilds, created in idealizedimitation of their medievalcounterparts, produced furniture andtextiles, metalwork and ceramicswhich raised the status of suchobjects from minor householdarticles to the decorative arts.Arts & Crafts Style is a richlyillustrated survey of this middle-classrevolution in aesthetic taste, whichdraws together its many differentstrands and looks in particular athow the style was interpretedinternationally, throughout Europeand America.Introduction 7PART ONECoherence Out of ChaosThe Search for a New Style 1 3 • The Choice of Gothic 21Stained Glass 34 William Morris 36 • Morris and Company 38The Victorian Fear of Chaos 43 • The Martin Brothers 47William Burges 48PART TWOThe Exploration of Arts and Crafts IdealsA New Gospel is Spread 53 • The Art Chair 68 • C. R. Ashhee 70Entertainment 72 • Private Presses 74 • Gustav Stickley 76An Eclectic Style 79 • E. W. Godwin 90 Christopher Dresser 91Louis Comfort Tiffany 94PART THREEThe Popularization of the MovementThe Refinement of the Style 99 • C F. A. Voysey 112Gimson and the Barnsleys 1 14 - Wallpapers 1 16 • Carpets 120Metalworlc 123 • A Middle-class Enthusiasm 125 • Lighting 135The Hospitable Board 1 38 • Tiles 140 The Nursery 142Illustrators 146 • The Benediction of Good Taste 149Embroidery 155 • American Ceramics 156 • Eashion 158Jewellery 162PART FOURInto the Twentieth CenturyNew Departures 167 • Charles Rennie Mackintosh 176josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstdtte 180Richard Riemerschmid 182 • Textiles 184A Second Generation Interprets the Style 187Frank Lloyd Wright 196 • Greene and Greene 201Garden Design 202PART FIVEThe Continuing Influence of the MovementThe Modern Movement is Born 209 A Continuing Legacy 215British Artist-Potters 224Bibliography 226Acknowledgements 229Index 230
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