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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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Rogers, Meyric R., Italy at Work: Her Renaissance in Design Today, Rome, Compagnia Nazionale Artigiana, 1950, first edition, 8vo (9.75" x 8"), SB in dj, color illus paper wraps in green & white dj w/ red & green titles, VG- / VG-. Edgeworn, some foxing. DJ edges worn w/ a few spots chipped, sm loss to rear top edge, rubbed.

67 pp + plates (unpaginated, [122] pp total). Profuse b/w photos. Foreword by Walter Dorwin Teague. Laid in is a two-sided announcement from the exhibition's run at the Art Institute of Chicago. Map of production centers in Italy appears on the rear inside cover.

Published in Italy by Compagnia Nazionale Artigiana for an exhibition of the same name organized by the Art Institute of Chicago that traveled to several museums* throughout the U.S. and thus undoubtedly had an influence on America’s understanding and taste for Italian post war design. (* Baltimore Museum of Art, Albright Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Institute, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, City Art Museum of Saint Louis, M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, and Toledo Museum of Art.)

Some of the designers, artists, architects, and manufacturers whose works in ceramics, glass, enamels, metalwork, furniture, woodwork, textiles and other media included are:

Gio Ponti, Carlo Mollino, Lucio Fontana, Richard-Ginori, Agenore Fabbri, Pietro Cascella, Aligi Sassu, Melotti, Cerrato, Marcello Fantoni, Glass by Venini, Zaccagnini, Nason & Moretti, Luigi Martinotti, Cesare Lacca, Nino Ferrari, Massimo Carola, Seguso, Arte Luce, Enrico Bernardi, Lombardi, Fancello, De Salvo, Campi, Azucena, Barbini, Taddei, Finzi, Fontana Arte, Guido Gambone, Leoncillo, Piero Fornasetti, Costume Jewelry by Luciana, Barbasetti, Carocci, Ivancich, Azucena, Lacca, Paoli de Poli, Lenci dolls, et al.

Five Special Interiors shown by Fabrizio Clerici, - Foyer for Marionette Theater, Luigi Cosenza - Terrace Room, Roberto Menghi - Private Chapel, Carlo Mollino - Living-Dining Room, Gio Ponti - Dining Room.

 Institutional Sponsors
 Special Acknowledgments
 Foreword by Walter Dorwin Teague
 Author’s Preface
 Introduction: Italy after the War
 Introduction: Organization and Aims of the Exhibition
 The Arts and Crafts in Italy Today: Regional Distribution
 The Arts and Crafts in Italy Today: Designer and Craftsman
 The Arts and Crafts in Italy Today: Influences and Tendencies
 Notes on the Exhibition: Furniture
 Notes on the Exhibition: Ceramics
 Notes on the Exhibition: Glass
 Notes on the Exhibition: Metalwork and Enamels
 Notes on the Exhibition: Hard Stone (Pietra Dura) and Mosaic
 Notes on the Exhibition: Costume Jewelry and Accessories
 Notes on the Exhibition: Textiles and Embroideries
 Notes on the Exhibition: Strawwork
 Notes on the Exhibition: Toys
 Notes on the Exhibition: Industrial Design
 Five Special Interiors: Fabrizio Clerici -- Foyer for Marionette Theater
 Five Special Interiors: Luigi Cosenza -- Terrace Room
 Five Special Interiors: Roberto Menghi -- Private Chapel
 Five Special Interiors: Carlo Mollino -- Living-dining Room
 Five Special Interiors: Gio Ponti -- Dining Room
 In Conclusion
 Appendix -- Producers and Designers

From the foreword:
"In the text that follows, Meyric Rogers has described the renaissance of Italian design today with acute and sympathetic understanding...

"Meyric Rogers' survey, as brief as it is, is so sound and comprehensive that it calls for nothing more than concurrence from me. But I was one of the fortunate group which traveled up and down Italy, in the spring of 1950, seeking out the Italian craftsmen in the odd places where they live and work, and selecting the objects that make up this collection.

"Here they are grouped together in neutral settings, displayed with the respect they deserve, to be judged quite properly on their aesthetic values alone.

"You have stood with us at Alfredo Barbini’s fine, new, one-man furnace, on the island of Murano, while he showed us how a blob of hot glass could become a lovely naked Eve, in the hands of the master glass blower he is...

"Barbini’s art, modern as its forms are, has descended to him from his forefathers of Murano who, seven or eight hundred years ago, fought off invading Venetians with balls of hot glass on the ends of their blowpipes...."

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