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VG (Slight soiling or aging to slipcase; SIGNED BY AUTHOR on tp. ) White cloth, white & color illus. dust jacket, matching board slipcase, figured flyleaves, 207 pp., 200+ color illus.; weighs 4.5 lbs. "An in-depth guide throughout the world of Venetian glassware in the 20th century." "Traces the historic course of Venetian artistic glassware through the Twentieth century: from Art Nouveau to the most recent of contemporary trends, including the Memphis experience. The book is thus the first organic review of a period to date only sporadically or superficially studied....Both collectors and enthusiasts will find all the necessary information to identify the artisans and styles which have literally made the history of Venetian glass." (dj) This copy is SIGNED AND DATED BY AUTHOR on tp.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-03-29 The Venetian art of glass-blowing, the longest-standing tradition of its kind in Europe, is spotlighted in this lovely, eye-catching volume, itself a work of art. In her absorbing text accompanying some 200 color plates, Mentasti, a Venice-born historian of glass, follows a succession of styles from Art Nouveau through the Viennese Secession, Art Deco, the 1930s Novecento style with its transparent, simple forms, to the burst of creativity in the '60s and '70s and the contemporary return to color and representation. Gianni Toso's satiric figurines, Alessandro Pianon's blown-glass chicks with iron feet, Luciano Vistosi's human skull sculpted out of green crystal and Napoleone Martinuzzi's spirited pony in coral glass stand out among pieces that achieve dazzling effects through polychrome, enameling, latticework, iridescence and other techniques. (May)
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