Photographs by MARIO CIAMPI

HARDCOVER / 304 pages
9-5/8 x 12-3/4 inches / 24.5 x 32.5 cm
ISBN-13: 978-0-9544288-5-3

• A sumptuous, large-format photographic tour of the extraordinary antique collections housed in fifteen private residences in Italy
• The residences range in scale from gorgeous palatial villas to relatively modest homes

US $ 95


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Antiques in Italian Interiors showcases a marvellous range of antiques—from small works of art to rare decorative objects to period furniture—housed in some of the most beautiful private residences in Italy. The homes of princes, scholars, antiquarians, professors, and collectors are presented in over two hundred extraordinary photographs that depict intriguing objects and decor, and capture the atmosphere and character of each interior. The residences range in scale from palatial villas to spacious apartments and are located in the grand cities of Italy. Of particular interest is the Museo Mario Praz in Rome, home to an extraordinary collection of furniture, marble, bronze, silver, and crystal works of art. Also featured is the home of renowned art historian Frederico Zeri, in Mentana, which contains a priceless collection of Roman epigraphs and a vast art and photography library. Informative essays by art historian Roberto Valeriani explore the relationship between the antiques and the spaces that house them. His insights illustrate how each residence documents Italian taste in different eras. The rich style and ambience of the interiors in this volume bear witness to the fascinating layers of history that can be found in Italian interiors and to the special allure of antiques.



MARIO CIAMPI has been an architectural photographer for more than twenty-five years and his work has appeared in numerous magazines worldwide, and in particular, Casa Vogue and Architectural Digest


ROBERTO VALERIANI is an art historian who teached History of Interior Design at the Facoltà di Architettura di Valle Giulia in Rome.




House & Garden

The most splendid of the interiors showcased in Antiques in Italian Interiors are very splendid indeed—on a princely scale, sumptuously gilded, opulent with the heavyweight drama of the baroque and a fearless southern eye for bold color and rich texture. Ceilings painted with grotesqueries recall the sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii; marble floors, Italy’s ancient classical past; damask-hung walls, the weavers of Genoa; elaborate chandeliers, the glass-blowers of Venice. Private oratories and paintings of religious and devotional subjects testify to Italy’s place at the heart of Catholicism. Most of the interiors featured are private homes and a number are modest in scale and of recent creation. All share the same wholehearted appreciation of the decorative potential of overstatement—colorful, exciting and assertively busy rooms.