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    Trench Art

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    A look at the items crafted by soldiers, prisoners, and civilians from war waste and other items during World War I and the years leading to World War II. Engraved shell-cases, bullet-crucifixes, letter openers and cigarette lighters made of shrapnel and cartridges, miniature airplanes and tanks, talismanic jewelry, embroidery, objects carved from stone, bone and wood—all of these things are trench art, the misleading name given to the dazzling array of objects made from the waste of war, in particular the Great War of 1914-1918 and the inter-war years. And they are now the subject of Nicholas Saunders’s pioneering study. Saunders reveals the lost world of trench art, for every piece relates to the story of the momentous experience of its maker—whether front-line soldier, prisoner of war, or civilian refugee. The objects resonate with the alternating terror and boredom of war, and those created by the prisoners symbolize their struggle for survival in the camps. Many of these items were poignant souvenirs bought by battlefield pilgrims between 1919 and 1939 and kept brightly polished on mantelpieces, often for a lifetime. Nicholas Saunders investigates their origins and how they were made, exploring their personal meaning and cultural significance. He also offers an important categorization of types which will be a useful guide for collectors.Praise for Trench Art“The array of art created from a combination of terror and boredom is astonishing. Nicholas writes knowledgeably and movingly on his subjects, and the photos and layout are first class.” —Steve Earles,

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    Japanese Dolls

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    Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo, is a wealth of information for Japanese art collectors, Asian doll collectors and doll enthusiasts of all levels and interests.

    Full of beautiful photographs, the book details 18 kinds of widely collected, obtainable and affordable, antique and vintage dolls and figurines (ningyo). Author Alan Scott Pate–the leading American expert on Japanese dolls–writes in illuminating detail about the traditions of each type of doll and shares practical tips on how to collect this amazing Japanese art form.

    Included in this guide to Japanese ningyo are:

    Festival dolls: hina-ningyo, musha-ningyo, tableau dolls
    Display dolls: saga-ningyo, gosho-ningyo, isho-ningyo, iki-ningyo
    Wood dolls: kamo-ningyo, nara-ningyo, kokeshi-ningyo
    Clay dolls: fushimi-ningyo, hakata-ningyo
    Mechanical dolls: karakuri-ningyo, kobe-ningyo
    Theatrical dolls: bunraku-ningyo, takeda-ningyo
    Play dolls: ichimatsu-ningyo, keue saiko

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