EVERYDAY OBJECTS TELL THE STORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY IN RALPH AND TERRY KOVELS’ 95TH BOOK From Ralph and Terry Kovel, America’s best-known and most trusted experts on antiques and collectibles, comes the definitive guide to American collectibles of the twentieth century.
News-Antique.com - Jun 11,2007 - From Ralph and Terry Kovel, America’s best-known and most trusted experts on antiques and collectibles, comes the definitive guide to American collectibles of the twentieth century. Covering everything from furnishings and jewelry to decorative and useful objects found in the American home and office from 1900 to 2000, KOVELS’ AMERICAN COLLECTIBLES tells the story of the twentieth century through the lens of the objects created during that time.
Illustrated with hundreds of full-color photos, the book explains how things were made, why they were different from earlier examples, what technology did to change construction methods, and how wars, radio, television, and the Internet made the arts international.
Essential for beginner or experienced collectors, the book is a guide to collecting and appreciating twentieth-century treasures, including those items of great value that might be hiding in one’s own home. Especially significant is the book’s emphasis on the decorative arts of the last twenty years of the twentieth century; many examples are still in stores but will soon become scarce and rise in value.
KOVELS’ AMERICAN COLLECTIBLES is also ideal for amateur historians, because it catalogs the changes in American lifestyles over the century that led to new designs for household furnishings. For example, after World War II smaller homes were built with combination living-dining areas, leading to buffet dinners that necessitated new kinds of serving ware. Rimless plates that could be stacked on a buffet table and easy-to-hold cups became popular.
Packed with information, as well as charts, definitions, factory and artist marks, and photos, KOVELS’ AMERICAN COLLECTIBLES is a window into our last century and an indispensable resource for collectors.
About the Authors
Ralph and Terry Kovel are the authors of 95 books on antiques and collectibles, including the companion title to this one, KOVELS’ AMERICAN ANTIQUES 1750 – 1900. Hailed by Parade magazine as “the duke and duchess of the antiques world,” the Kovels also publish Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles, an award-winning antiques newsletter, and write a syndicated weekly newspaper column distributed to more than 150 newspapers by King Features Syndicate. They appeared weekly on the HGTV program Flea Market Finds with the Kovels. Their website is www.kovels.com.
KOVELS’ AMERICAN COLLECTIBLES 1900 - 2000
by Ralph and Terry Kovel
Random House Reference
On sale 7/10/2007
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