THE first two works form a portion of a library for amateur craftsfolk, but being written by cognoscenti, they should prove welcome to others also. (1), in successive chapters, deals with a brief historical survey, modelling, moulding, pyrography, adhesives, methods of engraving, lithography, photography, protecting engravings, framing, watermarks, mounting and wood gilding. In the space allotted are provided a large amount of useful information and many appropriate diagrams and illustrations, two of the latter (on pyrography) being from sketches by the writer of (2), which deals with a most interesting branch of art. But this manual is less satisfying than (1), for there is too much vapouring and too little practical exposition. The chapters relate to decoration of glass of various kinds, enamels and ceramics. Stained and leaded glass are well treated. “Nous avons explique les differents precedes”(p. 65) is not self-evident. The writer is a mistress at her craft and has a vigorous stroke for illustrations; she shows vividly how to adapt natural to conventional treatment. Special mention may be made of the stork (Fig. 25) and the strawberry leaf (Fig. 49). The third book is a very masterly exposition of that modern tool, the air-brush. The literary style is unexceptionable, the information direct and well balanced, and the illustrations as effective as American work is apt to be. There is no doubt that the use of the air-brush can be well learnt from this treatise. There are, however, many who would still prefer the older method of brush treatment.
(1) Dorure-encadrement: technique des différents genres de gravure, comment reconnaître les fausses estampes et les faux papiers.
. (Bibliothèque pratique de l'amateur.) Pp. 95. (Paris: J.-B. Bailliére et fils, 1930.) 6 francs.
(2) Décoration des verres, émaux, céramiques.
. (Bibliothèque pratique del'amateur.) Pp. 90. (Paris: J.-B. Baillière et fils, 1930.) 6 francs.
(3) A Treatise on the Air Brush: with Progressive Lessons.
By. Pp. x + 203. (London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1930.) 12s. 6d. net.
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M., P. (1) Dorure-encadrement: technique des différents genres de gravure, comment reconnaître les fausses estampes et les faux papiers (2) Décoration des verres, émaux, céramiques (3) A Treatise on the Air Brush: with Progressive Lessons . Nature 129, 8–9 (1932) doi:10.1038/129008a0