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Decorative Arts and Architecture of the 1920s

Le Arti d'Oggi

Roberto Papini

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An illustrated document of European decorative artistic production in the 1920s, first published in 1930


Le Arti d'Oggi was originally published in Italy in 1930. This near-facsimile edition of that rare and much sought-after book follows the format of the original exactly, presenting in over eight hundred original photographs a dazzling selection of architecture, interiors, furniture and decorative arts produced in Europe throughout the 1920s.

The book is divided into six sections, as follows:

Part One deals with the architecture of the period, and includes work by, among others, Walter Gropius, Eliel Saarinen, Peter Behrens, Josef Hoffmann and Gio Ponti, as well as works by lesser-known architects that prove equally significant when illustrating the stylistic features of the period.

Part Two explores the era's interiors and furniture, including homes and public buildings designed by such famous architects as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, as well as furnishings produced by Galeries Lafayette and D.I.M.

Part Three, Metal, features a vast array of exquisite objects, from teasets designed by Josef Hoffmann and beautiful Cartier jewels to Edgar Brandt's wrought-iron pieces and Dagobert Peche's frames.

Part Four, Ceramics, includes a rich collection of Danish and Hungarian porcelain, such masterworks as the vases and tableware designed by Gio Ponti for Richard-Ginori, and pieces crafted by the School of Ceramics in Faenza, as well as many pieces originating from a variety of different schools and national collections.

Part Five features glasswork by such designers as Vittorio Zecchin and Guido Balsamo Stella, and a collection of Czech glassware including well-known makers of Bohemian crystal.

Part Six focuses on lace, embroidery, printed fabrics and leather, including lace table centerpieces, Lenci dolls, shawls by Depero, wonderful Guido Ravasi-designed silks and wallpapers by the Wiener Werkstätte.

This astonishing treasury will be highly prized by bibliophiles, collectors and connoisseurs in a broad range of artistic disciplines.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 33.5 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 480 pp

Illustrations: 808

Publication date: 22 August 2005

ISBN: 9780500512272

Contents List

1. Architecture 117 images, including works by Walter Gropius, Eliel Saarinen, Peter Behrens, Josef Hoffmann and Gio Ponti 2. Interiors and Furniture with works by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Josef Hoffmann, Süe and Mare, Galerie Lafayette and DIM 3. Metalwork and Jewelry with designs by Cartier, Edgar Brandt and Dagobert Peche 4. Ceramics with Danish and Hungarian porcelain, masterworks by Gio Ponti and the School of Ceramics in Faenza 5. Glasswork with pieces by Vittorio Zecchin and Guido Balsamo Stella, as well as a collection of Czech glassware 6. Lace, Embroidery, Printed Fabrics and Leather including Nordic lace, Lenci dolls, shawls by Depero, Guido Ravasi silks and Wiener Werkstätte wallpapers

About the Author

Roberto Papini (1883–1957) was a noted art historian and critic. He was the director of various institutions, including the Galleria communale di Prato, Pinacoteca di Brera, and the Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna in Rome.