- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; Main edition (1 August 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500519331
- ISBN-13: 978-0500519332
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.6 x 27.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
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The Anatomy of Colour: The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments Hardcover – 1 Aug 2017
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The definitive book on the use of colour and paint in interior decoration over a three-hundred year period, The Anatomy of Colour is certain to appeal to both amateur and professional restorers, renovators, enthusiastic decorators and all those with an interest in interior decoration and design.
Drawing on his huge specialist archive, Patrick Baty traces the evolution of pigments and paint colours together with colour systems and standards, and examines their impact on the colour palettes used in interiors from the 1660s to the 1960s. He first charts the creation in paint of the common and expensive colours made from traditional earth pigments between 1650 to 1799.
Next he examines the emergence of colour systems and standards and their influence on paint colours together with the effect of industrialised production on the texture and durability of paints. Finally, Baty turns his attention to 20th-century colour standards, including those developed originally for the purpose of identifying flowers, such as the Répertoire de Couleurs des Fleurs, des Feuillages et des Fruits, each incarnation of the British Colour Standard cards, Walpamur paint swatch cards and Parson’s Tint Book of Historical Colours.
Throughout the book reproductions of interiors highlighting the distinctive colour trends and styles of painting particular to each period and room accompany the in-depth analysis of the history of colour and the development and use of paint colours in interior design.
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And this is a book that offers answers – along with plenty more, to questions I didn’t yet know I had, about paint preparation and application. Each color really had its own process, durability (and cost)—so they might be found only in certain homes, or certain rooms of homes.
What I appreciate most in this book (aside from it’s obvious high production quality, and plentiful color plates) are: (1) considerable detail about the various types and components of paints in the colonial, and later periods; and (2) the organization (eg, lots of page headings and pictures) and relative brevity, by which this is all laid out. In other words, the book is easy to scan as a reference, when you’re looking for something in particular—and presents straightforward details, when you get there.
I’ve purchased lots of books on color history – and they’re all interesting, full of story and anecdote. But this one has done, by far, the best at delivering “news I can use“: why a colonial mansion looks the way it does, and what it took to get it that way.
(A near-perfect book! My only cavil is that aging eyes may have trouble with some portions that are in fine print.)
You don’t have to be an artist or decorator to enjoy ‘The Anatomy of Color’, it’s an entertains and informative read. It’s isn’t at all like watching paint dry. 😬
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