Artist(s): Charles Voysey
Author(s): Karen Livingstone
Year published: 2010
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 248
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
This book presents the designs for bookplates and badges by the English Arts and Crafts designer and architect, C.F.A. Voysey, (1857-1941). Perhaps the most recognised and influential designer of his age, Voysey designed over one hundred bookplates, badges and greetings cards. The focus of the book is the collection of these designs from Voysey’s own personal archive. Only a very few of these designs have been published to date, and never as a completed collection.
Beautiful to look at and full of interesting symbolism, each design encapsulates the spirit and underlying principles which informed every aspect of Voysey’s architecture and decorative design. They also form the centrepiece of a beautifully illustrated tale about the life and work of Voysey, touching on his personality, interests, relationship with family and clients, and his central role as designer of the Arts and Crafts Movement.