The world famous London museum, the Wallace Collection, is known for its exhibition of decorative and fine arts. Established in 1897, the museum has 25 galleries devoted to Old Master paintings, porcelain, furniture, and more.
Thanks to Paul Holberton Publishing, parts of these galleries have been captured and documented in two outstanding books: Glass and Limogues Painted Enamels and Masterpieces of European Arms and Armour.
These two titles have received positive attention and reviews. In The Times review Wallace masterpeices shine in new musueum catalogues, Huon Mallalieu writes,
“The recent appearance of two important volumes devoted to parts of the Wallace Collection could prove to be a watershed between the past and the future for [the academic catalogue]…Both titles are as beautifully presented and generously illustrated as they are well researched.”
Mallalieu continues on about Glass and Limoges, writing,
“The author Suzanne Higgott is greatly to be envied. The specialist areas for which she is responsible consist of 58 pieces of glass, ranging from a mid-14th century Egyptian mosque lamp to a probably English early 19th century scent bottle and 29 Limoges painted enamel panels. She has been enabled to research not only these objects, but the socioeconomic context of their production.”
The Arms and Armour exhibit is composed of almost 2,500 pieces, making it the largest part of the Wallace Collection. In reference to Masterpieces of European Arms and Armour, Mallalieu writes,
“[The author] gives a fascinating chronological overview of the subject by discussing about 70 of the most important objects, from an early medieval Viking sword to a mid 18th-century flintlock pistol, and a number of firearms from the beginning of the 19th century”
Masterpieces of European Arms and Armour is also available as a boxed set which includes the book as well as a complete digital collection of European Arms and Armour.