Zsolnay ceramic art from Hungary, featuring over 400 color photographs, covers the three main periods of Zsolnay production: 1868 to 1897--Folklorism, Historicism, Victorian Eclecticism; 1897 to 1920--Art Nouveau; and Art Deco; and 1920 to the present--Modernism. An entire chapter is devoted to Zsolnay marks to help identify the pieces. There are almost 11,000 different forms of domestic Zsolnay art works; 700 were issued in 1900 alone, and there are many undocumented forms imported in England and America. Along with the charming miniature, green-glazed, multi-figural series that Zsolnay is most identified with today, there is a wealth of earlier pieces to be found. A value range is given for each item in the book.
In 1987 John Gacher and Federico Santi visited Hungary and the city of P'cs for the first time and immediately decided to become collectors of Zsolnay. The authors have been in partnership since 1971 and owners of The Drawing Room of Newport and The Zsolnay Store located at 152 Spring Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840 since 1985 where they specialize in late 18th to early 20th century decorative arts with a concentration on Central European culture.