This work is devoted to the very few women who, from 1750 to the present, have assembled significant art collections. The authors consider how and why these women collected, and explore the obstacles they overcame to assemble the objects. The book closely examines the characteristics of their collections, many of which can be seen today, sometimes in their entirety, in public museums and galleries. In the introduction the authors provide a general survey of the different collecting fields that appeal especially to women, including jewellery, fans, lace and textiles. It also looks at women who venture into new areas, collecting items such as fossils, insects and theatre memorabilia. In each case a leading pioneer is cited with a brief look at the nature of her collection. They observe how, with the shift from the eclectic mix of works of art and curiosities of nature collected in the 18th century to the focus on antiques in the 19th century, women were - whether by design or otherwise - collecting the possessions of their predecessors. The chapters look in detail at 30 great women collectors, each prominent in their fields. Rather than presenting these women individually, they are grouped together according to common themes such as "royal consorts" or "20th century creators of museums".
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Catherine the Great of Russia acquired art voraciously. Cosmetics magnate Helena Rubenstein collected African and contemporary art, miniature furniture, and Victorian glass. Coco Chanel amassed an enormous hoard of French 18th-century furniture. This fresh and fascinating volume is the first to look at women who, from 1750 to the present, have assembled significant collections of art, ceramics, jewelry, glass, furniture, textiles, and other objects. The kinds of collections these empresses, queens, socialites, actresses, and entrepreneurs assembled often differed tangibly from those of their male counterparts. The authors show how and why-and explore the obstacles the women overcame to create such important collections, many of which can be seen today in major museums. This illustrated volume is an original contribution both to the study of collecting and to women's studies. 76 illustrations, 16 in full color, 192 pages, 8 x 1055/8 " Charlotte Gere is a London-based expert in 19th-century decorative arts, and particularly in jewelry. She has written a number of books, including Abrams' Nineteenth-Century Design. Marina Vaizey was educated at Cambridge and Harvard universities. She has been an art critic at The Sunday Times (London) for 18 years and serves as a trustee of several museums. Vaizey has curated a number of exhibitions and written many exhibition catalogues.From the Inside Flap:
This is the first book to be devoted to the very few women who, from 1750 to the present, have assembled significant art collections. Although many women's dowries or private fortunes were used to fund a husband's collecting activity, a few individuals took an alternative route, resulting in collections quite distinct from those of their male counterparts. This book considers how and why these women collected, and explores the obstacles they overcame to bring together the objects. It examines closely the characteristics of their collections, many of which can be seen today, sometimes in their entirety, in public museums and galleries.
In the introduction, the authors provide a general survey of the different collecting fields that appealed to women. The chapters look in detail at over thirty great women collectors, and explores how circumstance and environment affected their activities. Rather than presenting these women individually, they are grouped together according to common themes, such as 'Royal Consorts' or Twentieth-century Creators of Museums'. Accompanying illustrations portray the women, their houses and their collections.
The resulting book provides a fascinating insight into the motivations and tastes of women collectors, and is an original contribution to women's studies.
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Descrizione libro Philip Wilson Pub Ltd, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0856675032
Descrizione libro London: Philip Wilson in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. Quarto, 270 x 200 mm. 208 pp., 80 illustrations, 16 in colour. [ISBN-10: 0856675032 / ISBN-13: 978-0856675034] Clothbound in dustwrapper. A NEW COPY. Codice libro della libreria 29889
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97808566750341.0