ALBUM - RESUMEN. Exposición Internacional Del Mueble Y Decoration De Interiores.
(Barcelona) (D. Antonio Torramadé, Ediciones De Arte Pro-Barcelona) 1924. A heavily illustrated album issued for Barcelona's 1923 international exposition of furniture and interior decoration as the first publication of the Ediciones De Arte Pro-Barcelona. The text is given in Spanish, French and English. Introductory material includes a guide to the recognition of styles, an account of the Tapestry of Archbishop Heredia of Tarragona and a history of that "most genuinely Spanish piece of furniture," the bargueño. Photographs and descriptions of the installations at the exhibition occupy the main portion of the text. Individual stands are described, credited with decorators, furnishers, etc., and, usually, illustrated by one or more plates, sometimes printed on both recto and verso with corresponding photographic illustration. The majority of the firms exhibiting were from Barcelona or represented by a branch there. They offered everything from fine furniture, carpets, linens to pianos, antiques, office furnishings, wrought iron, and lighting . Prizes awarded are indicated. Small sections of illustrations, without text, represent the French and International sections. Most interesting are the portions of the album devoted to a contest for working class housing (all Catalan contributions) and furnishings for children's rooms. There are illustrated sections devoted to praise for the reclamation of Montjuic and the current building and landscaping underway there in anticipation of the grand 1926 exposition. A panoramic sketch of the Esplanade and Montjuic is printed on the final leaf. OCLC locates copies at Yale and the Art Institute of Chicago only. Large oblong 8vo (27 x 19 cm); 203 ff. with text and illustrations printed on matt and glossy papers, 2 ff. with illustrations tipped on to decorative colored stock, many full page ads printed in colors.
Original cloth with title in gilt within frame border printed in colors on upper cover, lower cover printed in gilt, spine with printed title faded and rubbed at ends; internally the text varies, with the leaves printed on low-grade cream stock likely to be heavily foxed, while those printed on glossy stock are usually in very good condition with just some yellowing at margin edges. With the decorative blind-stamp of Joan Bigas I Balcells.
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