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Author Name    Charles Tracy

Title   Continental Church Furniture in England: A Traffic in Piety

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Size   22 Cms x 29 Cms

Publisher   Suffolk, UK Antique Collectors Club

ISBN    185149376X / 9781851493760

Seller ID   017874

This is the first book on the history of the virtually unknown phenomenon of the importation of Continental church furniture into England since the early 19th century. Lavishly illustrated, well over one hundred pieces, from pulpits to choir stalls, are discussed in detail. The taste for this furniture was fuelled by the Romantic medievalising enthusiasm of Augustus Welby Pugin and the Catholic Revival, as well as the eccentric whims of the Anglican Squiresons. It was clandestinely acquired mainly from France and the Low Countries by English antique dealers and other enterprising agents, including architects and the aristocracy, as a result of the catastrophic upheavals of the French Revolution. Surprisingly, much of the furniture is in the Baroque style. The historical setting for this nostalgic explosion is described, as well as an account of some of the more unusual patronage, and the story is pursued into the 20th century. The second half of the book comprises a discussion of the most important specimens in the national collection, and their provenance, as well as a gazetteer of such material throughout England. The Author Charles Tracy completed his Ph.D. thesis at the Courtauld Institute on English Gothic choir-stalls. Since then he has extensively researched the largely ignored subject of English medieval church furniture and woodwork. He is the author of the two volume study, English Gothic Choir-Stalls, 1200-1540, and the Catalogue of English Medieval Furniture and Woodwork for the V & A Museum. In addition he has published many articles in learned journals on related topics, from the Watching Chamber at St. Alban’s Cathedral to the early 14th century painted screen at Kingston Lacy, Dorset. His interest in Continental church furniture of all periods goes back over ten years and he has made a particular study of the material in Belgium and France. * The first book ever to be published on this subject * Over 350 superb black and white illustrations and 20 colour photographs * The result of ten years’ research, written by a leading authority on church furniture * Will be of interest to furniture and art historians, museums, libraries, Puginians and students of the English Catholic Revival Printed Pages: 300 with 20 colour and 350 b/w illustrations.

Continental Church Furniture in England

Price = 68.00 USD


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