Killer Stuff and Tons of Money - Maureen Stanton

If you like your history in the form of bandboxes, Shepherd glass, and redware, Killer Stuff and Tons of Money (Penguin, $16) is for you. A tribute to material culture, craftsmanship, and the skill of discerning the authentic from the schlock, Maureen Stanton’s fascinating foray into the world of antiques is a trove of unusual bits of Americana. It’s also a brief history of collecting, considering why we do it and why we can’t stop, even when the stuff is overrunning the house. And it’s a vivid look at the white-knuckle tension of auctions and the grueling labor of hauling hundreds of objects—from marbles to six-board chests—to weekend shows, setting up under tents, then packing it all up again. Stanton accompanied “Curt Avery,” the pseudonym of an itinerant antiques dealer, observing the thrill of finding rarities, the heartbreak of losing them, and the phenomenal mix of research, luck, timing, and the errors of others that allow a dealer to buy an overlooked gem for a little, then sell it at something closer to its true value.
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ISBN: 9780143121053
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012

The Pot Book - Edmund de Waal

If for no other reason than that it was written in part by Edmund de Waal, author of the amazing family memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes, The Pot Book (Phaidon, $49.95), co-written with Claudia Clare, would be worth a look. But pottery is amazing in its own right, and the editors, both master ceramicists and writers on the medium, have expertly and beautifully compiled this encyclopedic look at what clay can do. The color photographs take center stage, with concise, informative commentary describing each work’s style, period, purpose, and artist. The survey time-travels the globe, from Egypt in 1479 B.C. to contemporary artists in Japan and Europe; de Waal and Clare, who also has a background in feminism and human rights, consider social and political contexts in addition to aesthetics.

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ISBN: 9780714870533
Availability: Backordered
Published: Phaidon Press - September 7th, 2015