Roman Splendour, English Arcadia

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9781781300244: Roman Splendour, English Arcadia

At Stourhead in Wiltshire, the Palladian mansion contains an extraordinary Roman cabinet glittering with gilt-bronze mounts, semi-precious stones and elaborate architectural ornament. Its façade conceals over 125 more-or-less secret drawers. The cabinet was brought to Stourhead in 1740 by Henry Hoare 'the Magnificent', of the Hoare banking dynasty; he had purchased it in Rome, where it had been made for Pope Sixtus V, whose papacy, from 1585 to 1590,coincided with the Spanish Armada.

The superb quality of the 'Sixtus Cabinet' became apparent during restoration in 2006–7 and this prompted an investigation into its history, resulting in this remarkably wide-ranging study of Italian and English artistry, patronage and taste.The text is lavishly illustrated with photographs of the cabinet and examples of other pieces of pietre dure inlaid furniture in English collections.

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Simon Swynfen Jervis was successively Curator of Furniture at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and Historic Buildings Secretary of the National Trust. He has written widely on furniture, interior decoration, ornament and design.

Dudley Dodd had a long career with the National Trust, where he was Secretary of the Arts Panel, and has published widely on Stourhead, whose first modern guidebook he wrote in 1981, as well as guidebooks to several other National Trust houses.

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'a remarkably wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated book' - Tessa Murdoch, Burlington Magazine

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Simon Swynfen Jervis
Verlag: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd Dez 2014 (2014)
ISBN 10: 1781300240 ISBN 13: 9781781300244
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Buchbeschreibung Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd Dez 2014, 2014. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - A celebration of a great masterpiece of Renaissance furnituremaking 304 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781781300244

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