A Visual Dictionary of Decorative and Domestic Arts provides a common and unambiguous vocabulary for the parts of handcrafted decorative, domestic, and artistic items. Terminology for a broad array of object types is presented alongside original 3D illustrations that facilitate objective referencing. The reference enhances learning, labeling, and discussing various craft items in great physical detail.
Sixty-four 3D graphic illustrations provide an effective visual format for identifying the vocabulary/location of the parts on individual objects.
The dictionary is divided into five major sections:
The thoroughness of the annotations makes this volume an essential tool for museum curators and conservators, librarians, connoisseurs, buyers and dealers; artists and crafts persons, collectors, designers, registrars and anyone with an interest in visual history.
Nancy Odegaard is Conservator at the Arizona State Museum and Professor at the University of Arizona.
She utilized three scholar residency awards to conduct intellectual research on the parts or vocabularies for handcrafted domestic and decorative objects. In 2001 she conducted research while a research fellow at the Winterthur Library and Archives, in 2007 she continued research while a fellow at the Getty Conservation Institute, and in 2015 she added research as a fellow at ICCROM in Rome.
Her books have received three Kress Publication Awards from the AIC. She has published over 200 chapters, journal articles, conference proceedings, newsletter pieces, posters, and electronic media. She is an elected fellow of the AIC and IIC, and has been an active member in AAM, ATALM, ICOM.
Gerry Wagner Crouse has worked in illustration and graphic media for over 20 years. She has extensive experience and training with scientific line-drawing illustration as well as 3D animation graphics.
Her graphic artworks have been utilized by Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Buhl Planetarium, Houston Museum of Natural History Science Planetarium, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, and National Geographic Television. Currently, she works by contract with museums, tribal communities, contract resource management firms, planetariums, and educational agencies.
Table of Contents
Section I: Decorative objects
3. Bottle, Beverage
4. Bottle, Case
6. Candlestick, Glass
7. Candlestick Metal and Douter
9. Cutlery Knife
12. Lamp, Oil with Oxidation Surface
14. Stemware, Goblet
16. Vase (Amphora)
17. Vase, Glass
Section II: Domestic Furnishings
1. Bed and Bedding
2. Bed, Child’s Cradle
3. Chair, Straight
4. Chair, Upholstery
5. Furniture, Case
7. Rug Foundation
8. Table, Drop-leaf
9. Table, Pedestal
10. Table, Side
11. Window and Coverings
Section III: Artistic Works and Tools
4. Painting, Auxiliary Support for Canvas
5. Painting (Layers) on Canvas
6. Painting, Frame Molding Profile with Canvas
7. Painting on Wood Panel / Icon
9. Print Package
10. Print/Artwork Frame (Reverse) with Hardware
11. Photograph and Slides
12. Sculpture, Armature (Miniature) on Column
13. Sculpture, Figure (Life Size) on Platform
14. Sculpture, Metal Cast (Colossal Size) on Acropodium/Pedestal
15. Sculpture, Portrait Bust (Life-Size) on Socle
16. Sculpture, Statue/Herm (Heroic Size)
17. Artist Tools for Applying
18. Artist Tools for Carving and Modeling
19. Artist Tools for Cutting
Section IV: Jewelry Adornment Items
5. Neck Jewelry
8. Sartorial Jewelry
Section V: Accessory Articles
About the Authors
With roots in the quest for orderly terminology by pioneer conservator (and Monuments Man) George Stout, beginning in 1938, and continuing through the Getty's Art and Architecture Thesaurus of the 1980s, a 21st-century vocabulary is now available in A Visual Dictionary of Decorative and Domestic Arts. We thank respected conservator Nancy Odegaard and talented graphic illustrator Gerry Crouse for this guide to 'just the right word' to describe the indescribable details of candlesticks, frames, historical jewelry, and much much more.
This visual dictionary is an excellent resource for curators, registrars, and collection managers for use in condition checking artworks or cataloging collections.
As anyone involved in the cataloging of decorative arts knows, there are myriad ways for objects to be described. Nowhere, however, can one turn to an easily understood and comprehensive compendium of commonly employed terms. This volume sets out to change that by defining easily understood descriptive terms for common classes of material objects. These terms are then tied to exploded drawings of common classes of decorative arts to show the reader how they might be employed. Finally, a resource that provides a common descriptive terminology for everyday use. A must for the bookshelf of museum curators, serious collectors and auction professionals.
11/10/22, Choice Reviews: This book was highlighted in a roundup of forthcoming reference titles.