Ceremonial maces in Poland from the 16th to the 18th century. Jacek Gutowski, Warsaw 2015, 386 pages, 216 pictures, hardcover with dust jacket, size: 33,7 x 21,6, ISBN 978-83-63580-49-0
„Ceremonial maces in Poland from the 16th to the 18th century” is the first monograph in the world of literature about modern-era Polish ceremonial objects. The publication contains a huge study regarding their symbolism, typologies, chronology and decorative techniques that were used in production. The topics discussed are richly exemplified by over 300 highest quality illustrations which detail objects coming among from Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Austrian, German, Danish and Swedish collections. The monograph embraces some 150 objects associated with the history of the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania.
The initiative to publish this book sprang from the exhibition organized at the Wilanów Museum in the late 2006 and detailed comparative research led by Mr Jacek Gutowski, collector and researcher.