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Medieval Tiles by Hans van Lemmen
Book DescriptionDuring the Middle Ages decorative floor tiles were used in abbey churches, royal palaces, parish churches and the homes of wealthy citizens. Tiles were durable and hygienic and added a new decorative element to the interior. Despite their simple tools and kiln equipment, the medieval tile makers proved extremely skilful in the production of different types of tile. They ranged from variously shaped plain tiles, which were assembled into complex mosaic floors, to two-coloured inlaid tiles, and stamped-relief and line-impressed tiles, all decorated with a wealth of different patterns and designs. Many medieval tiles disappeared during nineteenth-century restorations but the designs lived on in the copies made by Victorian tile manufacturers. Throughout Britain, tiles can still be seen 'in situ' on the sites of former abbeys as well as in medieval cathedrals and parish churches, and the British Museum has an extensive and important collection.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747804635
(210mm x 149mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hans van Lemmen
5000 Years of Tiles, Paperback (October 2013)
A colour compendium of tile art and production from around the world, ranging from ancient times onwards. Placing the tiles firmly in their historical and cultural context, it highlights the continuity and diversity of tiles, examining how tile art in one time and place has inspired and rejuvenated those in others.
Art Deco Tiles, Paperback (September 2012)
Art Deco was arguably the twentieth century's popular and memorable design movement, and has come to define the inter-war period with its clean sleek lines, streamlined shapes, bold abstract forms and bright colours. This book charts the impact of this style on the production of tiles and architectural faience in Britain.
Art Nouveau Tiles, Paperback (August 2008)
Art Nouveau is characterised by its ornamental curvilinear design and use of sinuous line and vibrant colour. This book charts the impact of this style on the tile industry in Britain, showing how tiles were made and decorated. It employs photographs of tiles to examine the range of floral, animal and human subject matter found on the tiles.
Coade Stone, Paperback (February 2006)» View all books by Hans van Lemmen
The Coade stone factory in London was active between 1769 and 1840. Coade stone was fired clay made using a special formula, but it was marketed as 'artificial stone'. This book charts the history of Coade stone, the techniques of production, the sculptors who provided designs, and the architects who used it.
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Author Biography - Hans van Lemmen
Hans van Lemmen taught for many years at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is an established author on the history of tiles and has lectured on the subject in Britain and elsewhere. he has written many other books for Shire. Hans van Lemmen is a founder member and presently publications editor of the British Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society.
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