Tiranti is an art supply retailer, bookstore, and former publisher based in Thatcham, Berkshire, England, Tiranti supplies sculptors' tools and equipment, and supplies materials for carving, mouldmaking, modelling, restoration and casting.It also sells art books and media. The firm dates back to 1895 when it was founded by Giovanni (John) Tiranti. In the twentieth century it was a noted art book publisher as Alec Tiranti, specialising in sculpture and furniture.
|Founder||Giovanni (John) Tiranti|
|Headquarters||Campbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|Services||art supplies, sculpture supplies.|
Tiranti was at first based in London, although at different locations; its shop was twice destroyed by bombs in the London blitz. The business was moved to Thatcham in 2005. In 2021 Alec Tiranti were bought out by the Potterycrafts Business Group and the business was relocated to Campbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent in September of that year where the Potterycrafts business headquarters are based.
Among the books the firm published were R.W. Symonds' Veneered walnut furniture 1660-1760 (1947), and Frederick Gibberd's Built in Furniture in Great Britain in 1948. In 1951 they published architect and furniture designer Ernő Goldfinger's British Furniture Todayand in 1955, Joan Liversidge's Furniture in Roman Britain.
In sculpture and art Tiranti published pioneering sculptor Leon Underwood's Masks of West Africa in 1951 and his Figures in wood of West Africa in 1964. Masks was praised in review for the dual French-English text and the inclusion of photographs of masks previously unillustrated.Techniques were an important part of their output and they published New materials in Sculpture by Hubert Montagu Percy in 1962 and Modelled Portrait Heads by T.B. Huxley-Jones, together with a series of technical booklets.
The publishing side of the business ended with the death of Alec Tiranti in 1971.
Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. It influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewellery, fashion, cars, cinemas, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes held in Paris in 1925.
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Alexander Stirling Calder was an American sculptor and teacher. He was the son of sculptor Alexander Milne Calder and the father of sculptor Alexander (Sandy) Calder. His best-known works are George Washington as President on the Washington Square Arch in New York City, the Swann Memorial Fountain in Philadelphia, and the Leif Eriksson Memorial in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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