"Matieres de Reves: Stuff of Dreams from the Paris Musee des Arts Decoratifs will introduce audiences to the aesthetic potential of utilitarian objects as it reproduces and discusses over 100 astonishing objects created between the Middle Ages and the present. Each of the works selected for this catalogue surpasses all standards of tradition, craftsmanship, and utility. A latent surrealistic element links the variety of rich, elegant, elaborate, sometimes curious and always sensuous works of art. In addition, most of the objects carry with them fascinating stories about their origins, their makers, and those persons who commissioned, collected, used, or loved them."--BOOK JACKET.