The Decanter, Ancient to Modern [2018]

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This encyclopaedic new book, The Decanter, Ancient to Modern, is arguably the most comprehensive & accessible history of glassware ever published, due for publication in November 2018.

Researched & written by Andy McConnell, journalist and long-serving glass specialist on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow, The Decanter, Ancient to Modern is born of 20 years' research. It is boosted by many new chapters and the inclusion of 2,634 images of 3,000+ examples, most previously unpublished.

In presenting the subject across a broad timescale - ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern day - The Decanter, Ancient to Modern presents the history of glassmaking from a decanter perspective. The engaging, accessible text explores the stylistic & technical evolution of fine glassmaking alongside its influences & social uses.

The Decanter, Ancient to Modern draws on 1000s of documentary sources & benefits from the knowledge & experience of scores of experts in Britain, Europe & the US. Its images are drawn from the world’s major public & private collections, auctions & Andy’s massive archives.

Andy McConnell is widely published on the subject of glass, writing variously for The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Country Life & the fanzine, Glass Matters.

He was the first glass specialist to join the BBC's Antique Roadshow & has been a regular on it for 14 years. He also lectures on the subject, owns some 25,000 pieces of glass & runs Britain’s largest antique & vintage glass gallery in the ancient port of Rye on the Sussex Coast.

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