From the jacket:

Grinling Gibbons (1648–1721), the greatest of decorative woodcarvers, is seen in this study through the eyes of a fellow carver. Gibbons is famous for giving wood ‘the loose and airy lightness of flowers’. His flamboyant cascades of lifelike blossoms, fruits, foliage, birds and fish dominated English interiors of the late 17th century – in royal palaces, churches and cathedrals, and great country houses.

David Esterly’s first-hand experience of limewood foliage carving gives him unprecedented insight into Gibbons’s methods and techniques. Unique photographs illustrate these procedures, while spectacular interior shots show the carving in its setting. Esterly places Gibbons in his historical context, and shows how the carver’s invention of his style is linked with the dramatic events of his early life. Tools, workshop practice, materials and finished are also dealt with in detail, giving the book a special appeal for practitioners as well as for those with interest in 17th-century interiors and the decorative arts generally.

With a new introduction by the author.