Published by Albert & Victoria, Tiles and Tilework is a lavishly illustrated survey of the production and use of tiles in architecture, gardens, and interiors from the Middle Ages to the present day. Artists, tile designers, antique dealers, and those designing tile installations will find the book a true inspiration.
Many different styles are revealed from the mellow Dutch Delftware depicted in paintings from Pieter de Hooch, to the tiles of Moorish Spain, and the Gothic revival tiles from the nineteenth century.
The book is illustrated with an array of stunning pictures that include individual tiles, patterned tile panels, as well as full installations. I was attracted to the Portuguese Azulejos on the cover and was equally pleased to find extensive tile work of the same genre from the gardens of the convent of Santa Chiara in Naples, circa 1740 produced from the workshop of Giuseppe Massa.
I hand-copy and distress pictorial, antique tiles and found this book especially inspirational. The author is a Curator of Ceramics at the V&A.