cover La Magia del Ferro Battuto Italiano (The Magic of Italian Wrought Iron) Giuseppe Ciscato Ed.

The Magic of Italian Wrought Iron

One-Hundred Smiths,
One-Thousand Ideas

Italian, English

352 Pages, Hardcover, 900 + color and B&W photos, size 8-1/2 x 10 inches. Italian title La Magia del Ferro Battuto Italiano
REVIEW  by Jock Dempsey

Giuseppe Ciscato is the great chronicler and publicist for the Italian blacksmith community. In the past we have reviewed his Italian Masters of Wrought Iron and Beds and Bedroom Accessories. Both were great photo expositions of the creative work of Italian metalsmiths. This new volume is just as impressive.

The subtitle "One-Hundred Smiths, One-Thousand Ideas" is a gross understatement. There are nearly 1,000 photos, mostly in color. Each photo may convey a dozen or more ideas as images do. The photos are all beautifully taken and reproduced. A few are repeat subjects from Ciscato's previous books but the vast majority are new subjects and photos.

There are 32 sections covering subjects from andirons and animals to benches, railings and tables. Both modern and traditional work are well balanced.

If you are looking for ideas or inspiration, or showing a customer what can be done this is a wonderful book.

The sample images below are as representative as such a small group can be of such a large collection.
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Dragon Door Pulls
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The blacksmiths allegory
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Chandelier (titled sconce). A beautiful mix of iron and glass.
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Railing : This is a clean classic piece of work. Notice the nice color (not black)

Every one of the 100 artists featured in the book is listed in the back with a photo of the artist, their address and a piece of work. Great advertising. Click Image or link for

Published by:
ALINEA editrice
Firenze, Italy

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Price $73 US
ISBN 88-8125-742-4
Copyright © 2004 by Jock Dempsey, DEMPSEY'S FORGE
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