And one day a lady...Cultural interweaving between Florence and the United States in the decorative arts. From cabinet-making to the arts of the wire, between collecting, production and philanthropy
Article in italian | Marshall Cutler, who had arrived from Boston, had created with Carlo Matteo Girad, born in Florence to an American mother and a Genevan father, furniture that would be considered examples of the major episodes of Florentine Liberty, but his wife Helen had also accrued a large collection of samplers, part of which has ended up in the collections of Palazzo Davanzati. To a certain extent, in the pages of her books, Elisa Ricci, who was in Florence between 1903 and 1906, traced the thread of the history of collecting ancient fabrics, lace and crochet as it unravelled between the two opposite shores of the Ocean. The protagonists included many naturally dynamic female figures with a modern education (including Ida Schiff, Carolina Amari, Edith Bronson Rucellai, Katherine de Kay Bronson’s daughter, and Romeyne Robert Ranieri di Sorbello), who contributed to the history of embroidery and crochet, incentivised the production of the “women’s arts” and impacted the upgrading of the woman’s position, marking a significant chapter in the profitable relations between Florence and America for Florence too.