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5 BOOKS ON FURNITURE DESIGNERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY Jean Dunand. His Life and Works. By Felix Marcilhac. Thames & Hudson / London / 1991 / English edition / 31x23cm / pp. 352 / More than 1,000 illustrations, including 170 plates in full colour / Hardback, dust jacket / Very good. The Swiss-born Frenchman Jean Dunand (1877-1942), who ranks among the most versatile and prolific of Art Deco designers, is renowned for his unmistakable flair and the technical perfection of his metalwork and lacquer. This comprehensive book examines Dunand's life and presents a comprehensive catalogue of his work in all media. £120.00

Gilbert Poillerat. Maitre Ferronnier. By Francois Baudot. Preface by Karl Lagerfeld. Charles Moreau / Paris / 1998, first published 1992 / 31.5x24cm / pp. 335 / Colour and monochrome photos throughout. 40 facsimile plates of original drawing designs / Hardback, dust jacket / Very good. Gilbert Poillerat (1902-1988) was one of the masters of ironwork during the early twentieth century, working with the best decorators of the time including Arbus, Adnet, Pascaud and Royere. Contains the most extensive illustrated catalogue of Poillerat’s work available, including andirons, lights, chairs, grills, tables and banisters. With a separate section at the rear reproducing in facsimile the designer’s drawings. £75.00

Bugatti: Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore, Jean. By Amanda Dunsmore. Images Publishing / Australia / 2009 / 29x25cm / pp. 84 / Full colour illustrations / Hardback, with dust jacket / As new. In late 2006 the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) purchased its first work by a member of the Bugatti family, Carlo Bugatti's Throne chair, circa 1900. From this initial acquisition the idea of an exhibition grew, until the gallery announced it would stage Australia's first exhibition of the work of the Bugatti family in early 2009. The exhibition showcases the work of three generations of craftsmen, artists and designers: furniture by Carlo Bugatti, animal sculptures by his son Rembrandt, and the legendary cars designed by Carlo's eldest son Ettore and Ettore's son, Jean. The Bugatti family represents a fascinating and unique story in the history of art, design and automobiles during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Compiled by Amanda Dunsmore and John Payne, co-curators of decorative arts at the NGV, Bugatti is a comprehensive collection of the works by this remarkable Italian family that will be on display during the gallery's 2009 exhibition. £19.95

Gio Ponti. Edited by Ugo la Pietra. Rizzoli / New York / 2009 / 28x22.5cm / pp. 472 / 350 colour and b&w illustrations / Hardback, dust jacket / As new. Gio Ponti (1891–1979) was one of Italy’s most influential designers whose work includes automobiles, furniture, interiors, and buildings. Working in a multitude of materials, he is a pivotal figure in the history of twentieth-century architecture and design, and his work continues to inspire young designers who are increasingly rediscovering it today. This expansive and exhaustively researched monograph chronicles the complete spectrum of Gio Ponti’s output, from early ceramic work as design director for Richard Ginori to his last and most famous architectural works, Milan’s Pirelli Tower and the Museum of Modern Art in Denver. Also featured are Ponti’s automobile designs for Alfa Romeo, interiors for Italian luxury liners, bathroom fixtures for American Standard, the famous Superleggera chair for Cassina, and the Alitalia offices in New York. £45.00

Edgar Brandt. Master of Art Deco Ironwork. By Joan Kahr. Abrams / New York / 1999 / 29x24.5cm / pp. 240 / 232 illustrations, including 60 in colour / Hardback, dust jacket. Dust jacket is very slightly worn and there is a 2cmtear in the lower corner of the front cover, otherwise a very good copy / Very good. A scarce monograph on the great metalsmith of the Art Deco period. The book documents and illustrates the life and work of Edgar Brandt. The designer was extremly successful during his lifetime, making both largescale public projects (the ocean-liner "Paris" and the Mollien staircase at the Louvre) and many private commissions - including gates, doors, balustrades, balconies, fire screens, tables, andirons, vessels, screens and lights - all illustrated here. £420.00

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