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Shining Stone : A History of Lithophanes from the 18th to the 20th Century, E-Book / von KH. W. Steckelings

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Lithophanes reveal their enchanting beauty when backlit by a flickering flame. These relief images in translucent porcelain enjoyed great popularity in the mid-19th century, when they were hung in windows as decorations or incorporated into light screens, lampshades, and tea warmers. Their motifs, which include genre scenes, idyllic landscapes, tranquil urban scenes, and copies of paintings, offer fascinating insights into the daily life of the emerging bourgeoisie.
KH. W. Steckelings takes us on a far-reaching journey through the world of lithophanes. His investigations cover not only porcelain objects, but also special materials and techniques. As a valuable reference work for collectors and enthusiasts, Shining Stone explores the history of lithophanes in the context of the development of porcelain manufactories from the 18th to the 20th century, focusing on France and Germany, where the majority of lithophanes were produced. The descriptions of individual objects also include useful information on sources and markings. Incorporating a wealth of photographs and documentation, the author debunks long-held misconceptions, draws important comparisons, and provides new insights into developmental steps and interconnections.