The Material Culture of Tableware is a fascinating and authoritative study of patterned tableware in the US. The book undertakes a visual analysis of Johnson Brothers patterns of tableware pottery, with reference to comparable designs by other British companies, such as Spode and Adams. It examines how this practical genre reflected the aesthetic values, sense of identity and aspirations of the American consumers who purchased its products. The study also sheds light on British opinions and understandings of American culture.
The book's chronological organization shows how tableware designs reflected the cultural developments of American society during the long 20th century. From status-seeking 1890s beaux-arts patterns and the nostalgic historical scenes of the 1930s, to whimsical 1960s patterns and the contemporary motifs of the 1970s, The Material Culture of Tableware tells a compelling story about who 20th century middle-class Americans were and wanted to be.
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Jeanne Morgan Zarucchi is Professor of Art History at the University Missouri-St Louis, USA. She was awarded her PhD by Harvard University in 1983, and has written three books and over thirty articles for peer-reviewed journals. Her book Her book Charles Perrault's Memoirs of my Life won an Outstanding Academic Book award from the ALA in 1990.
Introduction: The "Picture" in the Shop Window
Chapter 1: Old World Style for the New World
Chapter 2: Allies in War and Trade
Chapter 3: American History (the British Version)
Chapter 4: Commemoratives and Souvenirs
Chapter 5: Prosperity and Nostalgia
Chapter 6: Modern Style, New Traditions
Conclusion: Endings and Beginnings
Zarucchi serves up wonderful insights into the transatlantic tableware trade, which celebrates the influence of British design on American culture. * Rob Kesseler, Professor of Art, Design and Science at Central Saint Martins, UK * A rigorous survey of Staffordshire printed tableware and its export to America, across three centuries of this special cultural relationship. * Stephen Dixon, Professor of Contemporary Crafts at Manchester School of Art, UK * If you ever wondered where your dinnerware or antique souvenir plate was produced, this fascinating book is sure to inform you. * Anna Calluori Holcombe, Professor of Art at the University of Florida, USA *
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