The Aloha Boathouse and the Iris Bathroom Two Installations by the Grueby Faience and Tile Company

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Susan J. Montgomery

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Lucia Marquand/The San Diego Museum of Art
Territory: World
Size: 285 mm x 222 mm
Pages: 80
Illustrations: 112 colour

RRP £27.50

  • A thorough exploration of two important tile restoration projects

This book tells the engrossing story of the Aloha Boathouse and the Iris Bathroom, two extraordinary, large-scale domestic tile projects by the Grueby Faience and Tile Company. The first is a stunning boathouse floor from Newport, Rhode Island; the other, a complete bathroom from Bratenahl, Ohio. These decorative relics from the past might easily have been sold off piecemeal as salvaged panels or individual tiles. Instead, both were extracted from their original sites substantially complete. Acting on its mission to foster public appreciation of high quality craftsmanship and design from the American Arts and Crafts era, the Two Red Roses Foundation made an unprecedented commitment to conserving the thousands of tiles, so that the original vision of these spaces would be safeguarded. This book recounts the story of those rescued installations, the men and women who envisioned and financed them, and the ideas and images that inspired their creation.

Susan J. Montgomery is an independent decorative arts scholar, and the author of numerous books and articles on pottery and tiles.