English Table Glass

Title page of English Table Glass
Adoption Amount: $500
Category: Preserve for the Future
Location: National Museum of American History Library

English table glass

By Percy H. Bate. London: B.T. Batsford , [1905?].

Percy Bate was born in Manchester in 1868.  In addition to English Table Glass, he authored several books on portraiture and other forms of art.  He was Secretary of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and later Director of Aberdeen Municipal Art Gallery and Museum.  In English Table Glass, he uses photographs and descriptions to highlight many examples from spirit glasses to candlesticks.  Bate covers table glass from the 16th through the 18th century, but some of his advice—such as how to identify fakes—applies to researchers and collectors today. This volume can help curators identify, describe, and date objects within museum collections, and it provides a good overview of glassware styles for students of decorative arts.

Condition and Treatment: 

This book is bound in early 20th century cloth publishers' binding. The spine is detaching in pieces with the upper portion missing. The covers are both loose and detaching at the gutter. Conservators will re-back the spine creating a new spine out of toned Japanese paper. The original spine will be repaired and re-attached.

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