The first complete map of modern and contemporary ceramic production in Italy.
[Twentieth-Century Italian Ceramics] No collector or scholar should be without this volume on the history of twentieth-century Italian ceramics, which focuses on the evolution and distinguishing features of regional production, on manufactories and on artists. From Art Nouveau to Faenza, D’Albisola’s Futurist designs, Florentine Art Deco, Milanese Rationalist production and Informel, the art of ceramics has always evolved in parallel with the figurative arts. Many artists, in fact, have tried their hand at ceramics, sometimes with brilliant results, as is evident from the works by Sassu, Baj, Fontana, Ontani, Ponti and Paladino. After a brief introduction, the book is divided into three sections. The first contains an alphabetic repertory of artists, with detailed biographies of 130 ceramicists. The second maps 50 Italian ceramic manufactories. The third section identifies the 40 “cities of ceramics” that have played a major role in twentieth-century Italian ceramic production. The volume also contains a repertory that reproduces all the manufacturers’ marks – essential for establishing the origin and date of each piece.