Revisiting Art Deco in the UK

Katherine Massey

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This chapter begins with a look back at the historiography of Art Deco in the UK, starting from the first book to appear on the subject in 1968. It utilizes the theme of historiography and the passing of time to explore the work of interior designer, Oliver Percy Barnard and his refit of the basement of the Regent Palace Hotel, which has been meticulously restored to its Art Deco splendor. The chapter investigates the design histories published in books and the interiors, which have existed in various forms over a number of years, are part of an overall network of objects and of the people of Art Deco. An exploration of the case study allows for a leveraging of the contemporary into a consideration of the past, just as the re-reading of Hollywood Beyond the Screen has triggered the preceding brief review of the historiography of Art Deco in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Art Deco
EditorsBridget Elliot, Michael Windover
Place of PublicationNew York and Abingdon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429032165
ISBN (Print)9781472485144
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions


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