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Treasures of The National Trust

Edward Fitzmaurice National Trust Adrian Tinniswood



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National Trust Books
01 November 2007
Antique furniture & furniture collecting; Antiques & collectables: ceramics & glass
The National Trust owns and cares for the most important, varied and valuable collection of antiques in Britain. From Rubens paintings to Chippendale cabinets to elaborate Palladian doll's houses, the enormous range of priceless objects held in the Trust's hundreds of historic properties is unequalled, and many of them are still housed in the places for which they were originally designed or bought. This sumptuous book is the first to bring together the best of this outstanding national collection.

Divided into themed chapters such as Paintings, Sculpture, textiles, Furniture and Woodwork, and Ceramics, treasures from the National trust explains the pieces in an accessible and enlightening way, ideal both for those with little knowledge of art history and antiques and those more versed in the subjects. Special features illuminate the work of key painters, designers and craftsmen and historical timelines give a quick visual context for the artworks. the 'treasures' featured in the book range from single pieces, such as Andrea del Sarto's luminous Madonna and Child with St John at Ascott and the monumental St Michael Overcoming Satan at Petworth House, to collections of multiple pieces, such as maiolica at Polesden Lacey, miniatures at Ham House, and the unrivalled collection of musical instruments at Fenton House. Pieces are chosen for both their beauty and historical interest, and range from precious clocks, costume and books to more unusual pieces, such as the bicycles at Snowshill Manor and stuffed birds at Powis Castle, and even a decommissioned atomic bomb casing. the pieces span the centuries from ancient Greek vases to 20th-century modernist furniture. Featuring stunning photography and fascinating text, this book is an essential guide to the very best of Britain's heritage, and makes the nation's treasures available to all.
By:   Edward Fitzmaurice, National Trust
Foreword by:   Adrian Tinniswood
Imprint:   National Trust Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 262mm,  Width: 251mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   1.857kg
ISBN:   9781905400454
ISBN 10:   1905400454
Series:   National Trust History & Heritage
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 November 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Adrian Tinniswood has acted as a consultant to the National Trust. He is the author of several books on historic British houses and antiques.

Reviews for Treasures of The National Trust

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