This Schiffer publication from 1996 is a coffee table style format. It is an autographed copy by the author. It came to market at the peak of the chintz craze when prices were the absolute highest. The prices stayed in the stratosphere a year or two after its publication when the marketplace became flooded with reproductions and the premier producer of chintz, Royal Winton, began reissuing formerly out-of-production pieces. These facts make this publication a most interesting collectible in itself!
It is a horizontal format measuring 8 3/4" x 11 1/4". There are 160 pages with many full-color photographs. The chapters are organized by manufacturer and these manufacturers are represented: Royal Winton, James Kent, Lord Nelson, Shelley, Crown Ducal, Empire, and other English Chintz makers. There is also a chapter that includes Japanese chintz and Erphila imported wares. Of course familiar chintz patterns such as Summertime are well-represented. My favorite part of the book are the early photos showing collections of chintz ware displayed all together in hutches.
This is a hardcover book with a printed cover. It is in excellent condition except for a long cut mark on the front cover (pointed out in the photo). It was done with a box cutter when opening the box it arrived in back in 1996!
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