Edited by Graziella Buccellati. Texts by Luigi Lazzaroni and Sergio Coradeschi
1982 / 144 PAGES.
Language: Italian edition
Evocative images and delicacies within, the gaily-coloured and differently-shaped biscuit tins of our childhood take centre stage in this volume, which recalls the splendours, myths and ceremonies of a “sweet” tradition.
A lengthy anecdotal depiction tells the story of the industrial biscuit aristocracy (from the Italian Lazzaroni to the English Carr, from the German Bahlsen to the French Alsacienne) and their tins, as well as of the long career of this sophisticated product whose humble origins in ship storerooms did not keep it from the tables of the reigning families of the Europe of old. As we turn the pages and the tins take on increasingly surprising shapes – from circus cars to shells – Art Nouveau and Art Deco dominate the figurative atmosphere.