Daniel Cottier: Designer, Decorator, Dealer
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
This book follows the phenomenal rise of Daniel Cottier (1838-91) from an apprentice coach painter in Glasgow to the founder of Cottier & Co., a fine and decorative arts business with branches on three continents. This gifted designer and brilliant art entrepreneur keenly spotted one of the key aspects of late 19th-century bourgeois culture-its focus on family, home, and church-and seized the artistic and commercial opportunities of the building and decorating boom that it brought about. Cottier was a proponent of Aestheticism, an international trend in the history of culture, art, and design from about 1860 to 1900: he understood the era's desire for beauty and realized the economic possibilities of its commoditization. Beyond biography, therefore, this book illuminates a significant event of late 19th-century cultural history- Aestheticism's cult of beauty meeting with the bourgeoisie's financial ability to possess it.
Daniel Cottier, Criticism and interpretation, Artists, Scotland
Arts and Humanities
Chu, Petra ten-Doesschate, "Daniel Cottier: Designer, Decorator, Dealer" (2021). Seton Hall University Faculty Publications. 4.