Decorative Leadwork

Decorative Leadwork

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Decorative leadwork is an unsung craft tradition with its origins in the distant past. A simple, hardly changing process of manufacture by hand, using sheet lead and carved moulds, has long continued. Applied designs with floral, zoomorphic or human forms are rarely repeated in entirety. Similar but seldom identical designs and legends can be found in numerous artefacts, large and small, fromt he Roman era to the twentieth century, including Roman water tanks, Saxon caskets, twelfth-century fonts, papal bull seals, tokens of secular or religious significance and quaint roof embellishments. Ornate lead rainheads have survived from Tudor times to the present day and decorative leadwork, both free-standing and applied, continues to be conserved or replenished by craftsmen and artists today in response to aesthetic needs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 150 x 210 x 3.05mm | 63.5g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747800820
  • 9780747800828
  • 1,635,243

Table of contents

Leadwork in the ancient world; Leadwork from the middle ages to the present; Small artefacts and statuary; Rainheads; Ornage cisterns; Further reading; Places to visit
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About P.M.Sutton- Goold

Mrs P. M. Sutton-Goold has contributed to professional journals and has been an active member of the Historical Association. She has written articles on decorated lead cisterns.
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