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Italian Bronze Statuettes. London The Arts Council: 1961. The catalog to a loan exhibition of 15th-18th century Italian bronze statuettes. Softcover. 7.5"x9.5", 46 pages plus 32 black & white plates. Some wear, some soil, spine clear-taped.

Inventory #: 34599
Price: $ 25.00       

Argnani, Federigo. Le Ceramiche e Maioliche Faentine dalla loro origine fino al principio del secolo xvi... Faenza Giuseppe Montanari Editore: 1889. Edition limited to 285 numbered copies. One of the major studies of the maiolica of Faenza of the 15th and 16th centuries written by Professor Argnani, curator of the Civic Museum in Faenze. Solon notes Argnani's special love for, and interest in, the antique maiolica wares, and indeed the author drew and colored the illustrations himself. Argnani's interests were varied, and he is still remembered in Faenza as a "unique patriotic and artistic character" under whose supervision the Municipal Art Gallery was expanded and moved to the ex-Jesuit convent where it is still located. The pieces of maiolica shown in these outstanding colored plates are mainly examples of everyday wares, brilliantly decorated. Solon, writing in 1906, called them "rude" and their decorations "uncouth". Today that judgment would be rephrased, although I think I like "uncouth". Hardcover. 10"x14", xii + 83 pages, plus 20 folding chromolithographed plates. Red cloth with a leather spine, spine somewhat scuffed, cloth with some soil. Contents with some foxing to the preliminaries, a little foxing to the text, and a little to the plates, primarily confined to the very outer margin one plate has a 1" tear on the margin.

Inventory #: 8706
Price: $ 1750.00       

Bayer, Andrea. North of the Apennines. Sixteenth-Century Italian Painting in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2003. "By the end of the fifteenth century, a remarkable number of Italian cities north of the Apennines were firmly established as great artistic centers. These included cities with dazzling courts, such as Milan, Bologna, Ferrara, Mantua, and the Republic of Venice. Distinct regional characteristics became evident between these schools of painting for example, in Lombardy, beginning in the late fifteenth century, there was a fascination with the visual effects of perspective. In Emilia, there were other interests, such as a desire to emulate Raphael and other artists active in central Italy, and the creation of paintings suggestive of poetry. Nonetheless, painters in the two regions shared many artistic goals, and for contemporary art critics these geographical differences sometimes seem to have scarcely mattered. In this publication, a former Met Bulletin, Andrea Bayer presents a rich selection of sixteenth century artists of Lombardy and its capital, Milan, and of Emilia-Romagna and its principal city, Bologna". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 64 pages, color and black & white illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90418
Price: $ 10.00       

Beckwith, Arthur. Majolica and Fayence: Italian, Sicilian, Majorcan, Hispano-Moresque and Persian. New York. D. Appleton and Company: 1877. Interesting as an early study of Italian maiolica, with a chapter of mottoes and sayings found on the pottery, and many notes on the decorative motifs and techniques of maiolica potters. The examples and illustrations were drawn from the Castellani Collection. An additional chapter describes the ceramics at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Hardcover. 5.25"x8", 185 pages, 51 line illustrations. Ex-library with marks. Light cover wear.

Inventory #: 35882
Price: $ 20.00       

[Benguiat] Italian Furniture of the XVI - XVII - XVIII Centuries, including a large group from the Davanzati Palace, Florence. Spanish, Italian Brocades, Laces, Velvets and Embroideries. Ispahan and other Rare Rugs, Gothic & Brussels Renaissance Tapestries. Sold by Order of the Owners Messrs. V. and L. Benguiat. New York American Art Association / Anderson Galleries: April 3,4,5, 1930. Sale 3835. The auction of a fine selection of early Italian furniture, Italian and Spanish textiles, and oriental rugs from the stock of these famous, globe-trotting dealers. Softcover. 7"x10.5", 157 pages, 604 lots, black & white illustrations. Covers soiled, some wear, "Library of Congress Surplus Duplicate" stamp on cover.

Inventory #: 33820
Price: $ 125.00       

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       

Cellini, Benvenuto & John Addington Symonds. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini, written by himself... New York Brentano's: 1929. 11th prtg. First published in 1906, this popular edition of the classic was translated by John Addington Symonds and also includes a biographical sketch of Cellini by Symonds and an original introduction by Royal Cortissoz. The work itself, in almost any edition, is a classic, much more than the simple memoir of a 16th century Florentine goldsmith. Cellini was observant, shrewd, witty, bawdy, and vain, and his work continues to shine and entertain centuries after he put pen to paper. 2 volumes. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", xx + 360 pages, vii + 387 pages 40 b/w plates original red cloth with elaborate gilt scrollwork decorations on the spines and covers a little wear, but a fine, bright, handsome set.

Inventory #: 6390
Price: $ 85.00       

Cennini, Cennino & Merrifield, [Mary Philadelphia]. A Treatise on Painting, written by Cennino Cennini in the Year 1437 and first published in Italian in 1821, with an introduction and notes, by Signor Tambroni: containing practical directions for painting in Fresco, Secco, Oil, and Distemper, with the art of Gilding and Illuminating Manuscripts adopted by the Old Italian Masters. Translated by Mrs. Merrifield. London Edward Lumley: 1844. Cennini's "Trattato" is a remarkable and comprehensive technical manual to methods employed by 14th and 15th century Italian artists for tempera painting, early oil painting and gilding. This was the first English translation and was very popular and influential with artists and art enthusiasts of the period, although it had a number of deficiencies stemming from Mrs. Merrifield's lack of knowledge of tempera painting and also because the manuscript she was using lacked sixteen chapters. A year after publishing this translation she would publish a very important work on fresco technique. As important as Mrs. Merrifield's several books on art history were from a practical standpoint for the 19th century artist, among whom she was especially influential with the Pre-Raphaelites, "the main importance of her work lies in her development of the historical study of documents" (Ernstrom, Grove Dictionary of Art). The two chromolithographed title pages are also worthy of note, both executed in a style reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts. An important and noted Victorian art study. Hardcover. 6.75"x10.5", xii + lxviii + 177 pages, plus 2 chromolithographed title pages and 9 lithographed outline plates. Rebound with a plain blue cloth spine and cream boards, leather and gilt spine label. New endpapers. Contents with light wear & soil and a few spots.

Inventory #: 31383
Price: $ 375.00       

Covi, Dario. A XIV Century Italian Altarpiece. [contained in the] Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, January, 1958. The museum uncovers the origins of a beautiful altarpiece it had obtained, which originated in Florence's vanished church of Saint Leo. This issue also includes: "The Grandeur of Lace", and "The Edwin C. Vogel Collection of Chinese Porcelain". Softcover. 7.5"x10", article- 9 pages, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34729
Price: $ 15.00       

Dickie, John. Delizia! The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food. New York Simon & Schuster: 2008. "How did the Italians come to eat so well? The answer is in the region's historic cities, says John Dickie: for a thousand years they have been magnets for everything that makes for great eating. From the bustle of medieval Milan's marketplace to the banqueting halls of Renaissance Ferrara, from street stalls in the fetid alleyways of 19th-century Naples to the noisy trattorie of postwar Rome, Dickie shows how taste, creativity, and civic pride blended with princely arrogance, political violence, and dark intrigue to create the world's favorite cuisine." Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 367 pages, several black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 33892
Price: $ 12.00       

Erdberg, Joan Prentice von & Marvin Ross. Catalogue of the Italian Majolica in the Walters Art Gallery. Baltimore Walters Art Gallery: 1952. A scholarly catalog of fine 16th century (and some later) Italian maiolica collected by Henry Walters. Though the Walters collection is neither stupendously large nor comprehensive, it does contain superlative, well-chosen examples, many from earlier noted collections which were dispersed. Hardcover. 7"x10", 58 pages, plus 64 b&w plates. Fine.

Inventory #: 34832
Price: $ 40.00       

[Ford Collection] Decorative Italian & Other Furniture. Property of Consuelo U. Ford. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: September 19th, 1970. Sale 3076. Softcover. 6"x9", 42 pages, 180 lots, b/w illustrations prices realized list stapled to cover.

Inventory #: 7116
Price: $ 15.00       

Hess, Catherine. Italian Maiolica. Catalogue of the Collections. Malibu J. Paul Getty Museum: 1988. What can one say? The Getty museum has a superb collection of early Italian maiolica, which was almost all acquired in 1984 as the result of the purchase of a single, magnificent private collection. "Maiolica has many joys, as collectors have always known. It is the art of transformation -an almost alchemical conjuring of glistening solid form and vivid color out of ordinary elements" (John Walsh writing in the Foreword). A nicely presented and beautifully illustrated catalog. Hardcover. 9"x12", 127 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 31261
Price: $ 100.00       

Jaffe, Irma B. (ed.). The Italian Presence in American Art, 1760-1860. New York, Fordham University Press: 1989. A series of sixteen essays by a variety of scholars and art historians on various aspects of the Italian influence on American artists and architecture in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Almost more fun than a plate of Orecchiette with marinara sauce. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 249 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 32063
Price: $ 50.00       

Jansen, Reinhard. Commedia dell'Arte Carnival of Comedy Playes / Fest der Komodianten. Stuttgart Arnoldsche: 2001 A magnificent celebration of the porcelain figures produced in the 18th and 19th centuries by many European factories featuring figures from the 18th century Italian Commedia dell'Arte. The main volume is in German, but is profusely illustrated with beautiful photographs, and a translation of the main text is provided in the companion softcover volume. The third volume illustrates and discusses (in German) the 18th century prints that provided the basis for many of the porcelain figures. Porcelain manufactories covered include Meissen, Ansbach, Berlin, Frankenthal, Furstenberg, Fulda, Hoscht, Ludwigsburg, Kelsterbach, Nymphenburg, Vienna, Thuringia, Wurzburg, English factories, Capodimonte, Sevres, Doccia, and Zurich. 3 vols. Hardcover & softcover. 9.5"x11.5", 333 + 88 + 24 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Slipcased. New condition.

Inventory #: 90305
Price: $ 150.00       

Moreni, Domenico. Descrizione della gran capella Delle Pietre Dure e della Sagrestia Vecchia eretta da Filippo di ser Brunellesco situate ambedue nell' Imp. Basilica di S. Lorenzo di Firenze. Firenze Presso Carli e Comp.: 1813. A description of the history and pietre dure decoration of the Chapel of the Princes and the interior of the Sagresta Vecchia in Florence. The fabulous 'Chapel', whose interior is decorated with the most beautiful and intricate stone mosaic work, was begun by Grand Duke Ferdinando I, who had also founded the famous Galleria delle Lavori at the Uffizi. The Galleria quickly became the most important workshop in the world for the production of the highest quality pietre dure, mosaic and intarsia work in semi-precious stone. The Chapel itself was a massive undertaking which took several generations to complete. As Giusti writes in "Pietre Dure, Hardstone in Furniture and Decorations" (1992)- "(A) great project left unrealized by Ferdinando's two predecessors, the dynastic mausoleum at S. Lorenzo, was begun. This was to take the grandiose and majestic form of a temple entirely sheathed in pietre dure. The enormous scale of the work planned for this 'Chapel of the Princes', and the intense activity of the manufactory, called for great reserves of the most rare and varied stones. Indeed, Ferdinando amassed such great quantities that they fed the Galleria for centuries -and are not exhausted today". The other subject of this survey, the Sagresta Vecchi, or Old Sacristy, is the oldest part of the present Basilica of San Lorenzo (the "Duomo"), and contains the tombs of several members of the Medici family. A scarce book- OCLC locates no copies. Softcover. 6"x8.5", viii + 152 pages 1 b/w plate bound in old period plain paper covers with general wear, a little soil contents with a little soil and foxing. Housed in a new clamshell case.

Inventory #: 31279
Price: $ 750.00       

Rasmussen, Jsrg. Italian Majolica in the Robert Lehman Collection. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1989. This volume illustrates and describes 157 pieces of Italian majolica, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, from the Robert Lehman Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A beautifully produced catalog. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 304 pages, 298 illustrations (110 in full color, 113 duotones), dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90324
Price: $ 95.00       

Robinson, J.C. Italian Sculpture of the Middle Ages and Period of the Revival of Art. South Kensington Museum... London Chapman and Hall: 1862. "A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works, forming the above Section of the Museum, with additional Illustrative Notices". Includes a good survey of Florentine sculpture, sections on Michaelangelo and della Robbia, and sculptural elements besides figural pieces, such as tombs, tabernacles and chimney pieces. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", xxxi + 192 pages, 20 lithographed plates publisher's handsomely gilt-decorated cream cloth covers covers with some soil, a little wear a little internal soil, corner of half-title page slight chipped but overall a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 4924
Price: $ 85.00       

Robinson, J.C. South Kensington Museum. Italian Sculpture of the Middle Ages and Period of the Revival of Art. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works Forming the Above Section of the Museum, with additional Illustrative Notices. London Chapman and Hall: 1862. An important and popular catalog which included a good survey of Florentine sculpture, sections on Michelangelo and della Robbia, and sculptural elements besides figural pieces, such as tombs, tabernacles and chimney pieces. This example is from the extra-illustrated edition, which, as Hamber notes in 'A Higher Branch of the Art', "included up to twelve albumen prints... curiously the photographs used for these extra-illustrated editions frequently duplicated the existing line-engraved illustrations". Hardcover. 6.5"x10", xxxi + 192 pages, 20 lithographed plates and 11 mounted albumen plates publisher's extremely handsome full gilt-stamped morocco covers with a little wear and rubbing a little internal soil mounted plates quite nice and unfaded bookplate showing this was given as the Queen's Prize for modeling from the Antique in the National Art-competition in 1866.

Inventory #: 30324
Price: $ 250.00       

[Venice] Old Master Paintings and Drawings. A Window on Venice: Eighteenth Century Venetian drawings and paintings from a European Private Collection, including works by Giuseppe Bernardino Bison, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo. New York Sotheby's: January 10, 1995. Sale 6650. The catalog of an auction devoted to old master paintings and drawings of eighteenth century Venice from a private collection. Softcover. 8"x11", 73 pages, 38 lots, color illustrations of each lot, prices realized sheet stapled to front cover. Institutional stamp on title page, else a fine copy.

Inventory #: 31824
Price: $ 30.00       

Virch, Claus. A Page from Vasari's Book of Drawings. [contained in the] Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, March, 1961. This issue also includes: "A Newly Discovered La Tour: The Fortune Teller", "Italian Prints", and "Two Reliefs of the Early Old Kingdom". Softcover. 7.5"x10", article: 10 pages, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34733
Price: $ 15.00       

Wirtz, Rolf C. Art & Architecture of Florence. Konemann: 2005. "Also known as Firenze, Florence in Italian is Florentia, the "flowering" city. Under the Medici family in the 15th century, such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Brunelleschi turned the city into an artistic center and awakened Italian humanism. Such was its status that Pope Bonifatius VIII believed the city should be considered a fifth element-water, earth, air, fire, and Florence. This guide takes modern visitors to such timeless destinations as the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Piazza della Signora, and the treasures of the Galleria degli Uffizi". This book is compact enough to take on a tour, but pleasingly heavy and chunky, and isn't that what we all look for in a book? Hardcover. 6"x6.5", 559 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New.

Inventory #: 95066
Price: $ 16.95       

Zobi, Antonio. Notizie Storiche sull'origine e progressi dei Lavori di Commesso in Pietre Dure che si eseguiscono nell'i e R. Stabilmento di Firenze. Firenze 1853. Second edition. The first edition was published in 1841 and apparently lacked the 2 color plates - Sinkankas lists the first edition but was unable to locate a copy of it. Of this edition Sinkankas notes- "In this scarce work Zobi gives a detailed history of the development of the art of gemstone inlay, or pietre dure work, and of the Florentine school and its master craftsmen who helped to create the preeminent position of the school and its products... The text identifies and comments on early Florentine masters of such work and also those who cut and engraved rock crystal, after which Zobi examines the true origin of such stone work and its continuing improvement. Numerous citations from art historians and others appear throughout the text and in footnotes. ... Both (color) plates are carefully handpainted and outlined in gold paint borders... Following the text is a list of the stones adopted for use in the factory... Next is a roll of masterworkers, designers, and directors of the Florentine factory, listed from 1574 to 1824". The two colored plates are spectacular- one illustrates a round table top with marbleized edges and a bouquet in the middle, the other a garlanded plaque with a silver cup, wheat sheaves, grapes and grape leaves, etc., as well as a smaller floral frieze. A wonderful, scarce book. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 6"x9.5", 352 pages, 2 colored plates a large-paper copy of this scarce work, whose normal size is 6"x9.5", in which format the two plates are folded to fit within the covers (they are not folded here). Bound in the original tan boards. Covers a bit soiled and worn, some rubbing, paper covering splitting along the hinges, but the hinges are tight. Contents clean and fresh one plate detached but present, and a little worn along the outer edge.

Inventory #: 30890
Price: $ 2000.00       

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