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    [Photography]. Dr. Marco Testolini. Merletti. [Venice: circa 1890]. Title from front cover. A catalog of fifty-eight large albumen photographs of lace mounted to coated linen pages. The image size averages 9 x 8 inches (229 x 203 mm.), though there are six folding photographs, measuring 12.5 x 10 inches (318 x 254 mm.). Large folio (13.25 x 9.5 inches; 337 x 241 mm.). Leather-backed pebble-grain cloth lettered in gilt on front cover. Old repairs to spine and tips; light wear. Very good. Splendid examples of lace (merletti in Italian) in the form of bed and chair canopies, parasols, fans, tablecloths bed coverings, trims, and accessories are illustrated in the catalog. Using large negatives and contact printing, the photographer presents the ornate lace segments in sharp and crisp detail. Most of the subjects are displayed flat against a dark background, though a few, such as a parasol and a fan, are shown as complete objects.

    More Information: The Testolini company was a large retailer of Italian textiles, including lace, in Venice during the late nineteenth century. Expanding into Venetian glass in 1910, the firm absorbed the Compania Venezi-Murano (CVM). In 1920, Testolini merged with Pauly & Co., which is still in business.

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