Decorative plasterwork in Ireland and Europe
Ornament and the early modern interior
Christine Casey & Conor Lucey, editors
‘This is a well-researched collection of scholarly studies on decorative plasterwork. It seeks to explain the shared decorative language of plasterwork across Europe during the 18th century … This is a most worthwhile addition to the study of decorative plasterwork', John J. O'Connell, Irish Arts Review (Summer 2012).
‘This is a richly rewarding and lavishly illustrated collection of essays which draws on current research to place the distinctive decorative plasterwork of 18th-century Ireland in a European context … The publishers are to be congratulated on [the book’s] quality of production', Malcolm Airs, Context (July 2012).
‘Focusing on the theme of migrant craftsmen, the book locates developments in Ireland within a European context … One of the strengths of the volume is its range. By considering interiors in Bohemia, Moravia, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as Britain and Ireland, the book will engages a readership beyond Ireland interested in the early modern interior, artisanal networks and design transmission. It also facilitates rich comparative analyses and considers whether the Irish example mirrors or departs from what was happening in other places … This collection also present fascinating insights into materiality and methods of production … Like many good publications this book raises a number of questions as well as answering several … This handsomely illustrated volume, provides an excellent model for a cogent and focused publication of conference papers which will stand as a key work of reference in the field', Alison Fitzgerald, Eighteenth-Century Ireland (2013).
‘A skilful treatment of a specialized subject … extremely well-produced, with abundant photographs in both colour and black and white. These support the text and make it extremely clear to readers how important plasterwork was, and the level to which it was both a defining feature of spaces and a fully-developed sculptural art form', Reference & Research Book News (October 2012).