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Czech Ceramic Tiles for the Holland Tunnel

Two trade catalogs of the Rako manufacturer of ceramic tiles and fittings.

[Bohemia, ca. 1930?]. Octavos (28.2 × 18.5 and 20 × 14.6 cm). Original string-bound pictorial wrappers; [3] leaves of text, followed by one color chart, nine plates showing available sizes and shapes, and ten leaves of photographs showing the firm's tiles in use in Prague, Vienna, New York, and elsewhere. Original pictorial wrappers; two sheets joined together and folded to create twelve panels featuring 40 specimens and one page of sample formats and colors, including enamels. About very good; one volume with stain to front wrapper and lower portion of title cut out; the other volume with light wear to front wrapper.

Two trade catalogues promoting the products of the Czech manufacturer Rako, reflecting two of the firm's branches: one showcases mosaic tile patterns (Rako-Keramika), the other glazed tiles for use in spas, hospitals, and underground transportation tunnels (Rako-Tunelia).

The Rako brand was established in 1883 in the village of Rakovník and continues to exist today. The website states that some of their products "are inseparable parts of Czech cultural heritage, for instance the Imperial hotel, the Municipal House, Villa Tugendhat, Villa Stiassni, Amalienbad in Vienna, the Holland tunnel in New York, the Savings bank in Vršovice – Prague, the Au Gourmand sweet shop in Prague, the pharmacy Pod Vyšehradem, world´s and domestic sanatoriums, spas, building facades and many other buildings" (www.rako.cz).

One catalog features a photograph of the Rako fittings in use in the Holland Tunnel

As of August 2021, KVK and OCLC show no catalogs from this manufacturer.

Book ID: 51525

Price: $1,250.00