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Borenius, Tancred.
Catalogue of a Collection of Pottery belonging to W.H. Woodward.

Privately printed: 1928.

An elegant catalog of superb 16th century Italian maiolica, with some additional Turkish, Hispano-Moresque and Persian examples also included. The text begins with an overview of Italian and related maiolica of the period, illustrated with 8 b/w plates, which is followed by the catalog itself, illustrated with 17 additional plates. The cataloger, Tancred Borenius [1885-1948] was a Finnish art historian who specialized in Renaissance Italy and was a professor at University College, London. The author of a number of art histories, he was a member of the Burlington Fine Arts Club, one of the founders of Apollo magazine and wrote for Apollo and Burlington magazines as well. Quite an uncommon, privately-printed catalog.

Hardcover. 10.5"x12", xv + 38 pages, plus 25 b/w plates with tissue guards. Original quarter vellum and cloth with leather spine label. Covers quite bright and nice. Contents with moderate foxing to the endsheets and some light foxing on a few interior pages.

Inventory #: 31030
Price: $ 750.00      

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