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Early Modernism: Swiss & Austrian Trademarks 1920-1950
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Books and materials relating to the applied arts after WWI; their use in architecture & interior design; the design of handworked and manufactured objects including: ceramics, metalwork, wood, jewelry, textiles, glass, furniture, graphics, clocks & watches, toys, leather, etc.

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Bonney, M. Therese & Louise Bonney, Buying Antique & Modern Furniture in Paris, New York, Robert M. McBride & Co., 1929, first edition, 8vo (7.75" x 5.25"), HB, geometric-patterned black & tan paper over bds on black cloth spine w/ gilt spine titles & gilt front pastedown w/ black decorative titles, G/ none.

Edgewear, corners exposed, slight loss to right edge of paper on rear boards, spine extremities bumped & worn, spine titles rubbed, light scarring/rubbing to boards front & back, some interior foxing, sm purple date stamp to rear pastedown, binding split after ffep.

69 pp, six b/w photos. Scarce, early Therese Bonney title, written with her sister. Therese Bonney's little-known archive, much of it unpublished since the 1930s, which comprehensively documents the modern movement in Paris between the wars. American photojournalist Bonney was one of many bright young foreigners drawn to Paris in the 1920s. After completing her PhD at the Sorbonne (the youngest person ever to do so), she turned her huge energies and acute eye to the world of modern design. This was an exciting moment: Art Deco, still at its height, was increasingly being challenged by the more austere aesthetics of Modernism. Bonney photographed architecture, interiors, salon installations and international expositions. She was dazzlingly well-connected and her captions read like a roll-call of Deco and Moderne: Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand, Le Corbusier and others. She was enthralled not only by commercial and decorative arts but also by fashion and beauty. She shot department stores and beauty salons, posters and packaging, restaurants and nightclubs. Her photographs exemplify the period's emphasis on line, texture and sparing but highly graphic decoration.

Therese Bonney (1894-1978) was a journalist/photographer who, like so many of her generation, was drawn to Paris in the 1920s. After completing her M.A. in Romance Languages at Harvard, she pursued a PhD at the Sorbonne (the youngest person ever to do so). After graduating the Sorbonne, she settled in Paris, turning her attentions to the newly emerging world of modern design. In 1924 she opened a press agency - Bonney Service - and after a time, disappointmented in the quality of some of her photographers' work, learned photography herself. She photographed architecture, interiors, salon installations and international expositions, and even documented a new Parisian phenomenon: the department store. She photographed other commercial examples (galleries, beauty salons, restaurants, nightclubs) of Art Deco and the new Modernism that were, as they appeared, changing the streets of Paris.

With the outbreak of World War II she become a war correspondent (twice decorated for military bravery), a passionate photojournalist and author. See more about her from this Library of Congress Exhibition in 1995: Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During WWII.    [Book ID # 1945]


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