Charvet, Alberto

Decorazioni interne delle moderne abitazioni in Italia.

Bruxelles, E.Lyon-Claesen nd (mid 1890s ?) (this imprint on a printed label pasted towards foot of title leaf)

Reference: 03506
Price: £185 [convert currency]

Full Description

Large folio. Title leaf, 64 photo plates. An additional title leaf from an earlier (?) publication by Charvet also present. Title leaf slightly frayed at margins and a little spotting on plates. Pub quarter cloth portfolio, spine repaired.

The photographic plates which comprise this publication were originally issued by Alberto Charvet-Grassi, a bookseller and publisher in Turin, as a record of the interiors and ceilings of a number of sumptuous architect-designed town houses and villas of the1880s or early 1890s in Northern Italy and particularly in Piedmont. Although the volume’s subsequent publishing history was complex, this being a reissue by a Belgian publishing firm of presumably remaindered sheets, the plates nonetheless provide a snapshot of a period in Italian interior decoration not well recorded elsewhere, and the plates which illustrate the interiors of the Villa Oppenheim, Firenze, designed by the architect Pietro Comparini Rossi, are striking.